Schooling Notches 2:00.23 In 200 IM World Cup Series Debut


Yesterday we reported how 24-year-old Joseph Schooling would be solely focusing on the 200m IM for this 3rd and final stop of the 1st cluster of the 2019 FINA World Cup Series.

Competing in front of his home nation, Schooling said this week that, “I think the most important thing is (that) I need to get my volume up in practice, I need to start doing longer and more sustained, intense sets.

“The IM trains a lot of different things, like fitness and different strokes, and it taps on different muscle systems and energy systems.”

Although Schooling holds his nation’s record in a time of 1:59.99, that outing was from way back in 2013. This morning, Schooling led the 200mIM field with a mark of 2:03.38 to land lane 4.

For tonight’s final, the former Texas Longhorn produced a solid outing of 2:00.23, a time just .24 outside of the aforementioned record and lifetime best for the Singaporean 100m fly Olympic Champion. He finished 4th overall in his 2019 World Cup debut.

Splits for Schooling’s 2:00.23 performance include the following:

25.52/30.86 (56.38)
35.29/28.56 (1:03.85)

Comparatively, the top finisher was Mitch Larkin of Australia, the World Championships finalist in the event who topped the podium tonight in 1:57.43. Behind him by well over a second was Lithuanian Danas Rapsys, who snagged silver in 1:59.14, while Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes just got under the 2-minute mark in 1:59.98.

At the World Championships this year, a 1:59.80 was needed to make the top 16, while a time of 1:57.98 was needed to make the top 8.

Post-race, Schooling said, “Coming into this race I wanted to go 2:00-high or 2:01-low, so 2:00 low is .2 to .3 seconds off of my best time and that’s a really good sign right now.”

He also stated, “This morning hurt more, morning swims are always hard for us (and) it’s hard to get up and go especially in heat one…I didn’t necessarily know where I was this morning, but overall, 2 solid swims and a lot of good things to take away from that.

“The 200m IM is always a painful race towards the end. I think middle distance is where I need to be swimming. (As for the) negatives, I wasn’t too happy with my turns, my transitions were kind of soft so that’s one more thing I’ve got to work on.”

He concluded, “I’m more in shape than I thought I was.”

All quotes courtesy of The Straits Times.

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200 IM is more open then 100/200 fly, smart move.


50.3 is more competitive than 1:59.9 though….


He hasn’t been that in a few years….


2:00.23 would have placed higher than 52.93 at WCs though…


He is copying MA


Why focus on 50s?


no switching to the 200IM


Or avoiding CD

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