VIDEO: Joseph Schooling Said His 50.9 100 Fly Felt Monotonous

Before Joe’s post race interview he was overwhelmed with requests for autographs and selfies.  Austin Sectionals is a great meet, but not the most ideal setting to swim a world best time–and he was less than a tenth off of Dressel’s swim from U.S. World Trials.  Off camera Joe seemed happy with his 50.9, but he was aware of his crowded surroundings.  He said he’s looking forward to racing Dressel in a World Championship atmosphere. Joe’s into less than two weeks of rest, and he wants more.

Reported by Braden Keith

Joseph Schooling swam a 50.96 in the 100 fly on Saturday in his home pool in Austin. With 3 weeks to go before he represents Singapore at the World Championships, the swim can serve of a response of sorts (be it intentional or not) to his rival Caeleb Dressel, who swam a world-leading 50.87 at the United States’ World Championship Trials a week ago.

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That time is the 3rd-best of Schooling’s career, and easily his best outside of a World Championship or Olympic Games. His previous in-season best was a 51.58 – done in early June last year in the buildup to the Olympics, where he dethroned Michael Phelps and won gold in the race.

Schooling took the race out in 23.7 and closed in 27.20. That means he split fairly similarly to what Dressel did last week, but opened a little faster. Ironically, Dressel, who is more known as a sprinter than is Schooling, had the better last 50.

First 50m Second 50m Final Time
Schooling Sectionals 23.76 27.20 50.96
Dressel Trials 23.87 27.00 50.87

Schooling and Dressel both hail from the Bolles program in Jacksonville, Florida, though Schooling attended the school and Dressel didn’t, so they were in different training groups. Both swimmers held the National High School Record in the 100 fly at different points in their parallel careers, though Dressel was more renowned for his 50 freestyle abilities. At the 2017 NCAA Championships, Dressel beat Schooling in his signature event, the 100 fly, and now the two will go toe-to-toe full bore in long course.

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Looking forward to the 100 fly at Worlds. Its gonna be interesting


100 fly is between Caeleb and Schooling. Le Clos won’t know what hit him


Considering Le Clos is the two-time defending Worlds Champion and two-time Olympic Silver medallist in this event, don’t count him out


And he broke the 100 scm record and in December went a 44.25 100 fly in yards. People are sleeping on Le Clos, a shame cause he’s legit one of the best flyers of all time


44.25 with no wedge blocks or competition

crooked donald

In a YMCA pool.


Not one of the better ones either


Yep and Le Clos has been mid 50 point at least twice when rested. I think all three are contenders.

Hater of swimvortex

It makes no sense to say the race is just between one and another. It’s everyone’s race and there have always been swimmers who surprised us all. Although Dressel and Schooling are two of the most favorite ones, we shouldn’t simply sleep on other competitors such as Le Clos, Metella and youngsters such as Li & Kuimov.

crooked donald

Just a memo to PVDH: this year we’re bashing Schooling, not LeClos. LeClos was last year.


I think Chad must be very happy that finally someone else beat Michael Phelps so his mad phans found another target and stopped attacking him.


You shouldn’t be bashing either of them anyway.

crooked donald

Sorry. I haven’t adopted a Dear Leader mentality. I forgot, all criticism, especially of pro athletes like Schooling, is forbidden.


What’s your 100 fly time again, Jay?


Cough….. cough. 50.56 is only .17 away from errrr 50.39.

crooked donald

That 50.56 was also at the end of the meet, after he had the showdown with Cseh in the 200 fly, plus all his other events.


Caeleb will win. He has this amazing ability to pull it out of nowhere when needed.


I don’t understand the downvotes. You’re right, watching the videos of Caeleb winning US Nats and NCAA’s, he can really dig in the last 10m and just accelerates away from the field there. He has a fantastic start, stroke, turns, and closing speed. Incredible.


You don’t understand the fanboy phenomenon. As a primer, you should review the Dean Farris saga at NCAAs.


Or ASU’s swim team.


Yes that is why he won every race he entered at Nathanael’s

Hater of swimvortex

Nathan Adrian: Excuse me?

crooked donald

Uberman, you have the best all time autocorrect. Thumbs up from me.

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