Schooling Heads To Horton Country To Race At Aussie SC C’ships


The 2019 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships are set for Thursday, October 24th – Sunday, October 26th at the Melbourne Sports Centres (MSAC). Start lists for this non-selection meet reveal a host of domestic talent, with some foreign notables sprinkled in among the events.

Fun fact: Australian Olympic medalist-turned-DJ, Andrew Lauterstein, will be on hand to add musical excitement to the event. He’ll be keeping the energy up under his moniker of DJ Louderstein.

Among the non-Australians set to compete next weekend is Olympic champion in the men’s 100m butterfly, Joseph Schooling. The 24-year-old Singaporean is entered in the 50m and 100m fly, the 100m free, as well as the 200m IM.

Schooling most recently competed at the FINA World Cup Series stop in his home nation in August where he entered just the 200m IM. As we reported, Schooling says he will be putting more focus on this event as a means to up his training volume in practice and increase his fitness. At that World Cup stop he finished 4th in 2:00.23, a time just .24 outside of his own 1:59.99 NR.

Additional foreign swimmers expected to race at these Short Course Championships include Jessica Eriksson of Sweden, Tzen Wi Teong of Singapore, Welson Sim of Malaysia, Barbora Seemanova of the Czech Republic, Michal Szer of Poland, Eve Thomas and Julian Layton of New Zealand.

In terms of the Australians ready to rumble, the field will be void of powerhouse athletes such as Kyle Chalmers, the Campbell sisters, Emma McKeon, Ariarne Titmus and more.

There is an International Swimming League (ISL) meet October 26th & October 27th in Budapest, Hungary among the NY Breakers, Iron, London Roar and LA Current. Rosters containing key Aussie names are as follows:

  • NY Breakers (Clyde Lewis, Jack McLoughlin, Madi Wilson)
  • London Roar (ChalmersAlex Graham, Cameron McEvoy, Minna Atherton, Campbell sisters, Holly Barratt, Jess Hansen, McKeon and Taylor McKeown)

However, Mack Horton, William Yang, Laura Taylor and Matthew Temple are just a few of the weapons who will remain in Victoria to duke it out at these Short Course Championships. Below is a sampling of the key athletes to watch from respective clubs.

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1 year ago

I knew he was going somewhere soon. Last weekend our kids had an age group meet at the UT Swim Center and Texas practiced before the afternoon session. Schooling was with them and I timed him 43.4 in 100 fly SCM. Is that good?

Reply to  PsychoDad
1 year ago

i think you might have missed a “1” on the far left of your stopwatch.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  PsychoDad
1 year ago

Even Eddie Magic isn’t going to fix Schooling.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Eddie’s magic lead him to Gold at the olympics and broke Ian Crocker’s 50.40 time. A time that Phelps never broke without a full body suit.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Adam
1 year ago

Unfortunately, the magic had a lifespan of one meet.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

But it makes his tummy hurt.

1 year ago

Lol completely forgot about this dude.

1 year ago

why isnt he in ISL?

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  ace
1 year ago

There aren’t many athletes from Asia in general for whatever reason.

Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

I wouldn’t speak for every swimmer from Asia, but the potential riches that they can earn from an Olympic medal, especially when the Games are in Tokyo, aren’t worth any kind of risk on an unknown entity like this. I mean, for some of them, like Koreans, it’s a matter of an exemption from compulsory military service if they win an Olympic medal.

Reply to  ace
1 year ago

Because he rather swim fast in practice

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