SINGAPORE: Singaporean swimmer Quah Zheng Wen took the second spot at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 200-yard butterfly final on Sunday (Mar 26) in the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The freshman at University of California, Berkeley clocked 1 min 38.83 sec, faster than his initial heat timing of 1 min 40.44 sec.
Jack Conger from the University of Texas clocked 1 min 37.35 sec to take the throne breaking Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling's record of 1 min 37.97 sec.
Schooling failed to make it to the finals of the event after finishing last in his heat with a timing of 1 min 45.47 sec.
In an interview after the finals, Quah told Channel NewsAsia that he had to adapt to swimming in yards but still enjoyed competing in the event.
"It was pretty rough at first, I was getting used to the number of strokes and kicks. It was really fast paced with a lot of underwater work - which I like. So it was pretty fun," said Quah.
Meanwhile, compatriot Schooling said that a stomach bug on Friday (Mar 24) affected his performance for the entire event.
"I felt pretty bad and it kind of carried on," Schooling said.
However, the Olympic gold medalist added that his below-par performance had been a "long time coming".
"Now that I've taken 3-4 months off and seen what it has done to my swimming, I think the party's over. The good feeling from the Olympics only lasts for so long," he said.
"No one cares what you did a couple of months ago. It's all about what you do now, and I think I got my butt handed to me in this meet and I think that's a huge opener. I can't rest on my laurels anymore," Schooling added.
Despite failing to make the finals of the 200-yard butterfly, Schooling helped the Longhorns clinch four golds - in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays and 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays - as well as an individual silver in the men's 100-yard butterfly and a bronze in the men's 50-yard freestyle.
"Not the best individual performance but couldn't be happier to be part of this outstanding @texasmsd team!" he wrote on Facebook on Monday.