SINGAPORE: NCAA 200-yard butterfly record holder Joseph Schooling will not get to defend his title at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, after failing to make the final on Saturday (Mar 25).
Schooling posted 1 min 45.47 sec to finish last in his heat.
Fellow Singaporean Quah Zheng Wen clocked 1 min 40.44 sec to rank second overall in the same heat, behind Schooling's University of Texas teammate Jack Conger, who topped the overall heats with 1 min 39.88 sec.
Schooling holds the 200-yard butterfly NCAA record of 1 min 37.97 sec.
On Friday (Saturday morning, Singapore time), he came in second in the 100-yard fly, clocking 43.75 seconds.
University of California, Berkeley freshman Quah posted 45.06 sec to come in fifth in the same event, his first individual final in the competition.