Joseph Schooling Says Goodbye To College Swimming, Goes Pro

This week marks an important transition for national athlete Joseph Schooling.

He is no longer a schooling athlete, having competed in his final National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Swimming and Diving Championships over the weekend.

This means that Schooling is now considered a professional athlete and is no longer bound by NCAA regulations on prize monies from competitions.

A medal-free championship

Despite vowing to end on a high, Schooling didn’t sweep any medals at the championships.

He finished 4th in the 100-yard butterfly event, and 5th and 9th respectively in the men’s 200- and 400-yard medley relays, marking the first time he failed to secure a medal at the NCAAs.

Despite its factual accuracy, news outlet TODAY’s coverage of the championship faced the wrath of netizens for its snarky tone.


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The headline rubbed netizens the wrong way, with some pointing out that it was akin to kicking a dog when it’s down.

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Others questioned whether reporter Low Lin Fhoong could pull off a win similar to Schooling’s at the 2016 Olympics, where he clinched Singapore’s first ever gold medal at the Games.

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Schooling’s the boss

That’s not the only transition the 22-year-old Olympic medallist made this week.

Schooling now joins the big league as a fully-fledged superstar athlete, complete with a high-profile product endorsement to his name.

On Sunday (25 Mar), he was unveiled as the first Singaporean ambassador of fashion retailer Hugo Boss.

The German brand released a series of promotional photos that appear to be taken on Singapore’s gloomiest day ever.

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While we’re used to seeing the heartthrob in very little, dapper’s definitely a good look on him.

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He joins the ranks of actors Chris Hemsworth and Gerard Butler, who have both endorsed Hugo Boss products in the past.

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Schooling has also developed a capsule collection in collaboration with the retailer. This will be available when the Hugo Boss store at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands reopens on May 25.

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In a cookie-cutter statement, the athlete described his feelings about the collaboration:

It is a tremendous honour to be part of such an iconic brand. Being a Boss brand ambassador is significant to me because the brand’s focus on quality and authenticity resonates with me on a personal level.

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Even Tyra would be proud of that pout.

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No news on how much the endorsement is worth, but we’re sure Schooling will be pouting all the way to the bank (in a Boss suit, naturally).

Featured image via Facebook and TODAY.