You must feel so darn bad on the inside right now. Better luck next time dude.
SINGAPORE – National swimmer Joseph Schooling crashed out of his final National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Swimming Championships on Sunday (March 25) with a whimper, as the 22-year-old ended the meet in Minnesota without winning a medal.
Competing in his last individual event, the 200-yard butterfly, the University of Texas senior finished 26th in Sunday’s preliminaries in 1min 43.34sec. While Schooling missed out on the final, Singaporean teammate Quah Zheng Wen earned his spot in the ‘A’ final after finishing eighth in the heats with his time of 1:41.00. Quah, who was swimming for the University of California, Berkeley, placed sixth in the final after clocking 1:40.70.
Despite vowing to end his collegiate career on a high, Schooling – who turned professional on Sunday – found himself struggling from the get-go. After finishing joint-15th in the 50-yard freestyle heats, he was trounced in his pet event, the 100-yard butterfly, by former Bolles teammate Caeleb Dressel. The University of Florida senior claimed gold in a new NCAA and American record of 42.80sec, while Schooling was fourth in 44.68sec.
He did not have better luck with the Texas Longhorns relays teams, as they finished fifth and ninth respectively in the men’s 200- and 400-yard medley relays, before ending their campaign with fourth spot in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
This was the first time that Schooling had not won medals at the NCAAs. In 2015 and 2016, he won both 100- and 200-yard butterfly titles, before adding a silver and bronze respectively in the 100-yard fly and 50-yard free last year.