Quah Schools Schooling
Singapore’s US-based swim kings Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen have been competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships — and it wasn’t just the one named Schooling that shone.
According to The Straits Times, Quah made a spectacular debut. He not only won the 200-yard butterfly heat in a time of 1:40:44, but the 20-year-old also came in second for the final — beating his friend and fellow Singaporean swimmer Schooling, who didn’t make the final.
Unfortunately, Schooling caught a stomach bug and developed a fever the week of the NCAA, and it was reflected in his performance.
Quah’s Stunning Debut
Today reported that Quah, who started studying at the University of California Berkeley in January, finished second in the men’s 200-yard butterfly final on Sunday (March 26) morning (Singapore time).
He won himself a silver with a time of 1:38:83, behind winner Jack Conger (1:37:35), from the University of Texas.
Quah got into the finals after winning his heat with a time 1:40:44 — the second fastest of the preliminary rounds.
Quah is setting himself up for success with the third-fastest time in NCAA history, behind Conger and Schooling.
Quah also featured in the 100-yard fly final, where he came in fifth with a time of 0:45.06.
According to The Straits Times, Singapore’s National Training Centre head coach Gary Tan is “delighted” with Quah’s performance. This is what he said:
He was up against some of the best swimmers from across the globe and he’s proved again that he’s got what it takes to be up there with the best.
He’s come a long way, and this is going to make him a better swimmer both physically and mentally.
Schooling Under The Weather
While Quah shone, Schooling did not make it into this year’s 200-yard butterfly final, as he clocked in 1:45:47 in the heats on Saturday night (Singapore time), putting him in 37th place.
He came in first in this event last year.
Despite not defending his 200-yard butterfly crown, the 21-year-old, who was reportedly sick, powered his university to victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay final.
The Sunday Times reported that the young Singaporean heartthrob refused to use the fever he had as an excuse for his performance.
He had taken a semester off swimming after returning from Rio, and resumed training in mid-Dec 2016.
Yahoo News reported that the 21-year-old 2016 Rio Olympic gold medallist was hard on himself when he spoke to the media after the national championships concluded this morning (Singapore time):
I think the party’s over. The good feeling from the Olympics only lasts for so long. Now it’s time. No one cares what you did a couple of months ago, it’s all about what you do now.
I got my butt handed to me in this meet, and I think that’s a huge eye-opener. So I can’t rest on my laurels anymore, I can’t be like ‘Oh you know I won the Olympics.’ I don’t deserve to say that anymore. That was pretty disappointing honestly.
Schooling finished his third NCAA campaign with four relay golds, a silver in the 100-yard butterfly and a bronze in the 50-yard freestyle.
Quah’s debut marks an exciting time for him and for Singapore, we congratulate him as his hard work has paid off!
As for Schooling, we hope that he recovers soon from this setback. His humble words show that he hasn’t let the fame go to his head and will only come back stronger. Whatever happens, he’s still our golden boy and will have the support of the whole country!
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