Schooling part of quartet that betters American 400yd medley record
Asian Games gold medallist Joseph Schooling has made history on the first day of the NCAA Division 1 Men's Swimming & Diving Championships in Iowa yesterday morning (Singapore time).
The 19-year-old was part of the Texas Longhorns quartet - that also included Kip Darmody, Will Licon and Jack Conger - which clocked 3min 01.23 sec to win the men's 400-yard medley relay.
The time was better than the NCAA record of 3:01.39, as well as the American record of 3:01.91, but the Texas' feat will not count as a new national mark, as Schooling is not an American.
Instead, the California Golden Bears - who finished second with 3:01.60 - will claim the American record.
California were more than two seconds ahead of Texas at the halfway mark, but Schooling - swimming the fly in the third leg - clawed back the deficit with 43.95 seconds.
Jack Conger then led Texas to victory in the anchor freestyle leg.
In addition, Texas also won two other titles - men's 200-yard free relay and the men's 500m free - on the first day of the three-day meet.
Schooling, who won the 200 IM 'B' final in 1:42.86, was scheduled to swim in the men's 100 yard fly heats last night and his results were not known at press time.
On the team's results on the first day, Texas coach Eddie Reese said: "I'm a detailed person.
"I want good strokes, break outs, finishes, breathing at the right time and not breathing at the right time. Everyone coming into this meet said, 'Good luck'. We don't want to be lucky, we just want to win the close races.
"The last two years, I've thought that this meet has been so fast that nobody would be able to go any faster, but we get here and everybody goes faster, so luckily I don't make any predictions."
Everyone coming into this meet said, ‘good luck’. We don’t want to be lucky, we just want to win the close races.
— Texas Longhorns coach Eddie Reese