Schooling “Leaning Towards” Dropping 200 Fly For 100 Free In Rio

We reported yesterday that Texas Men’s Swimming Head Coach Eddie Reese would be accompanying his Longhorn butterfly star Joseph Schooling to the 2016 Olympic Games as part of the Singaporean coaching staff. Now, more insight is being revealed into the schedule 21-year-old Schooling will tackle once in Rio.

The talented multiple national record holder swam to FINA “A” cuts in the men’s 100m butterfly and 200m butterfly events, as well as in the 100m and 200m freestyles. For the Games, Schooling has been entered in all but the latter and even that 3-event line-up isn’t set in stone just over 20 days out from Rio.

Schooling will certainly swim the 100m butterfly, the event in which he earned Singapore’s first-ever World Championship swimming medal via his bronze last year in Kazan. As for the other two, however, Schooling says that he is “leaning more towards the 100m freestyle” over the 200m butterfly, as “the 100m free is less taxing and sets me up well for the 100m fly.” Reese said that they will decide on Schooling’s schedule within a few weeks, but Schooling says he is “preparing towards” the 1free/2fly swap right now.

The 100 butterfly time of 50.96 Schooling registered in Kazan for bronze still remains as the 4th-fastest time in the world during the Olympic-qualifying period, giving the Singaporean a healthy shot at the podium against rivals Laszlo Cseh, Michael Phelps and Chad Le Clos.

Both the 200 fly and 100 freestyle are a bit fuzzier, with Schooling holding the 16th-fastest time in the world in the former in 1:55.73 and the 40th-fastest time in the world in the latter in 48.58.

Schedule-wise, keeping both the 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly on his plate would mean contesting both a semi-final and final on Tuesday, August 9th, assuming all goes according to plan with Schooling’s performances. Eliminating the 200 fly would mean just the 100 free prelim in the morning and then the potential semi-final at night on August 9th, followed by a possible 100 free final on August 10th. Removing the 200 fly from his schedule would alleviate having to throw down another series of tough swims before his 1fly main event.

Possible Schedule Should Schooling Keep All 3 Events

Monday, August 8th AM – 200 fly prelims
Monday, August 8th PM – 200 fly semi-final

Tuesday, August 9th AM – 100 free prelims
Tuesday, August 9th PM – 100 free semi-final & 200 fly final

Wednesday, August 10th AM – N/A
Wednesday, August 10th PM – 100 free final

Thursday, August 11th AM – 100 fly prelim
Thursday, August 11th PM – 100 fly semi-final

Friday, August 12th AM – N/A
Friday, August 12th PM – 100 fly final

Regardless of what he does swim, Schooling is excited to have an additional valuable coaching resource on deck during it all.

Says Schooling, “I’m excited to go to the Olympics with two of my coaches. This could not have turned out better. This is great for Singapore. Eddie is really experienced and having him on our side is phenomenal.”

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Steve Nolan

Makes sense. Feel like I remember him talking about working through timing differences in his fly over the two distances, dropping the 200 could definitely help him tune in on his 100 stroke.


Look at that picture! I am going to miss watching John Murray next year. He looks like he is about to kick someone’s ass right there. Either that, or pissed at himself for not “beating that start horn” better.


This kid is only 21 years old and has a bright Olympic future (potential for multiple medals in a single Olympics). He should swim all three events for the experience (Phelp’s 2004 Olympics helped prepare him for the 8 medal haul in Beijing). He swam 8 events before his 1:37 200 fly at NCAA ’16. He’ll be fine swimming 8 events before the 100 fly final.

Attila the Hunt

Multiple medals? What events?
The only realistic medal chance is 100 fly, can’t see him medaling in any other event.


Yes, 100 fly is his only realistic chance in Rio. I’m saying he has a chance to take in multiple medals at future Olympics, such as 2020 Tokyo. He’ll be 25 and at the peak of his swim career that year.

Attila the Hunt

4 years is still far away. Can’t predict someone is potential multiple medalists in 2020 unless their name is Ledecky.

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