Schooling Settles For Bronze On Night 3 Of Singapore Nationals

14th SINGAPORE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Although Olympic champion Joseph Schooling topped the podium in front of a roaring crowd on night 2 of the 2018 Singapore National Swimming Championships, the 23-year-0ld wasn’t able to replicate the same feat tonight at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

Training in Singapore for the summer, Schooling picked up an individual win last night in the 100m fly, clocking a modest, in-training time of 52.43. He kicked off this morning’s prelim with a solid time of 50.35 in the men’s 100m freestyle to claim the top seed heading into tonight’s final. Schooling added .14 to his morning effort to clock 50.49, however, to fall to 3rd in the final race. Earning 100m free gold was India’s Virahawal Khade, who touched in 50.26, followed by New South Wales’ William Yang in 50.37.

As reported yesterday, Schooling is more than likely dropping the 200m fly event from his ongoing meet repertoire indefinitely, so the former Texas Longhorn was not among the field tonight. In his absence, and without Quah Wen Zheng’s presence at these championships, Victoria’s Bowen Gough topped the 200m fly field in a winning effort of 1:59.72. That slid just .04 ahead of Singapore’s Jung Yiong who took silver in 1:59.76.

Gough’s teammate, Samuel Williamson, proved too fast in the 200m breast for any Singaporean to catch, as he won the race in a time of 2:14.84, a new meet record. Fellow Swimming Victoria athlete Sophie Caldwell also won tonight, taking her 3rd event title of these championships. After a 1500m victory and 200m back win on the first 2 nights, Caldwell won the women’s 200m IM in a time of 2:17.69, also a new meet record.

Singapore’s Pang Sheng Jun successfully defended his 200m IM title, winning the race in 2:03.31. The Aquatech Swimming Club athlete fell just .04 shy of his own meet record mark of 2:03.35 set at this competition last year.

17-year-old Cherlyn Yeoh was tonight’s women’s 100m freestyle winner, charging to the wall in a gold medal-garnering effort of 56.61.

Additional Winners:

  • Indonesia’s Nurul Fajar Fitriyati won tonight’s women’s 100m back race in 1:03.48.
  • 18-year-old Adinda Larasati Dewi, also from Indonesia, was victorious in the women’s 200m fly, winning in 2:14.60.
  • The women’s 200m breaststroke saw Hwaseong City’s Kim Seulbee take the gold in 2:31.45, a new meet record.
  • New South Wales’ Yang took his 2nd medal of the evening after his 100m free silver, earning gold in the men’s 100m back in 55.58.
  • The top 3 men’s 1500m freestyle finishers all dipped under the previous meet record of 16:02.86 on the books since 2015. Led by Advait Page‘s winning mark of 15:25.98, Indonesia’s Aflah Prawira and 15-year-old Glen Lim of Singapore each also were sub-16:00 in respective times of 15:35.98 and 15:56.75.

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SwimSam
3 years ago

Is Schooling rocking Mizuno for this meet? Speedo doesn’t seem like a brand to allow their athletes to wear competitor gear, even if it’s a national team affiliate

JP input is too short
Reply to  SwimSam
3 years ago

Picture’s probably from a different meet?

Jimbo
3 years ago

Sounds like he would’ve gotten first if he trained 2 fly

Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

One hit wonder.

SharkSpeed
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

so what?

Swimming4silver
3 years ago

now here comes the schooling haters..

ang kai jun
3 years ago

He is most probably untapered for the meet.He will be able to do a sub 48 for the asian games when he is fully rested.

Ex Quaker
Reply to  ang kai jun
3 years ago

I’d buy 48 low. I would be very pleasantly surprised to see a 47.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  ang kai jun
3 years ago

Yeah, if it were SCM. But it’s not, so 49 low, at very best, 48 high.

Pvdh
Reply to  ang kai jun
3 years ago

Schooling was 48 mid at his peak shape. He’s not going 47. His freestyle was downright bad at NCAA, and don’t tell me he wasn’t tapered there. Because he was.

Drama King
Reply to  ang kai jun
3 years ago

I say 49 low at best in Asian Games.
Surely, no medals for him in freestyle. Maybe silver in 50 fly and 100 fly.

Oops
3 years ago

Just as a head’s up, New South Wales is a state in Australia (containing Sydney).

Anon
3 years ago

Truthfully, I feel it was his win against Phelps that has defeated him: he’s been a different swimmer ever since. I’d love to see him back to form because I truly think he has the 100 fly WR in him. He’s just gotta find it.

marklewis
Reply to  Anon
3 years ago

He’s going slower these days, not faster. I think we’ve seen Peak Schooling.

Anon
Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

I agree with you. I’d like to see him turn it around, but it seems unlikely.

Ervin
Reply to  Anon
3 years ago

It defeated him cause it brought out the trolls

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Anon
3 years ago

naw

taa
3 years ago

He is the male version of Missy Franklin. I predict he fakes his way through his next few years as a professional swimmer. Next up would be an injury and that followed by a needed mental health break and then he will put in about 4 months of training for tokyo and do a 50.9 and get 4th place..

Swimming4silver
Reply to  taa
3 years ago

hopefully have a time to write a book too

Ervin
Reply to  taa
3 years ago

He swims for Singapore…he could be on their national team for the next 10 years

Scott Morgan
Reply to  taa
3 years ago

Pretty unfair to Missy: she has multiple Olympic/WC golds plus WR. At her best she was in a different stratosphere than Schooling at his best.

Caleb
Reply to  Scott Morgan
3 years ago

he is an individual Olympic gold medal winner and that puts you in an elite category, don’t be silly.

Jmanswimfan
Reply to  Caleb
3 years ago

Missy is an all time great

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