Schooling DQ’d In 1 Event, Clocks Record In Another On Day 1 Of SGP Nats


24-year-old Joseph Schooling kicked-off his 2019 Singapore National Swimming Championships in dramatic fashion tonight at OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The former Texas Longhorn, who now trains permanently in his home country, clocked a morning 50m fly time of 24.38 to earn the 2nd seed behind teammate Tzen Wi Teong. That placed him nicely towards the center of the pool for tonight’s final, but Schooling was a little too quick off the block and got nailed for a false start disqualification, the first of his professional swimming career.

Prior to the men’s 50m fly race, however, the Olympic gold medalist produced a new meet record in the men’s 100m freestyle. After casually clocking a morning effort of 50.75 in the event out of heats, Schooling took things up a notch to register a winning effort of 49.16. That overtook the previous meet standard of 49.73 set by Quah Zheng Wen back in 2015.

Schooling’s personal best in the 100m free is the 48.27 notched in Rio at the 2016 Olympic GAmes, the site of his gold medal-winning 100m fly performance that made him a national hero.

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First ever DQ? I was about to be completely blown away…until I saw the “of his professional career” haha


Probably didn’t get DQd in practice

Bobs Horse

Funny, but he kind of backed it up when he smoked the field in 2016.

Ol' Longhorn

24.38 with a false start? Yeah, he’ll be a factor at Tokyo. smh

Michael Schwartz

In all fairness, the article says that was his morning time. Doesn’t make any comment about what he went at night, false start or otherwise.


It’s also technically not on Olympic event.

Michael Schwartz

Well given the fact that Longhorn was using a non-Olypmic event to justify whether or not Schooling would be a factor in Tokyo…doesn’t it make sense that we look at the circumstances around the claim? I never claimed it was an Olympic even…and neither did Longhorn…but he’s using the time to make a statement about Schoolings 2020 prospects all the same. I’m just trying to put the time into perspective.


Probably didn’t swim again at night, given he was DQ’d in the morning

WV Swammer

Luca Urlando hasn’t been quicker than 24.2 in a 50 and he’s been 1:53.8 so your point?

Mr Piano

Luca is a 17 year old mid distance swimmer. Schooling is the 100 fly Olympic Champ.

Ol' Longhorn

My point is a 24.38 is SLOOOOOWWW for a 100 flyer. Particularly one who was first to the wall at the 50 in Rio. Schooling gave up on the 200 fly ages ago. Dressel and a few other 100 fly contenders could do a 24.38 from a push.


His swim just speaks to his lack of focus. He should be fine tuning his race details in prep for next month but his performance is sloppy. He scratches races left and right and shuts down his 200 fly when most keep swimming it to help with their endurance in their 100. I suppose he will go a 51.0 next month and still be a national hero but we know he is better than that.

Ol' Longhorn

You articulated my point much better than I. He has 49-high talent but won’t ever use it again.


He might not be giving it his all since he has already qualified for World’s a long time ago. He actually had a mycoplasma infection for a few months which could perhaps explain his somewhat sub-par performances recently. Anyway I’m fairly certain he’s saving his best for World’s.

Ol' Longhorn

Of course he is, but his current best is nowhere near where his over-the-top hype best should be. Tune back in to Mel’s Gold Medal Minute on him a couple years ago.

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