Before we touch on today’s post, we would like to take some time to wish everyone a Happy 48th National Day! Any public holiday is good for resting and relaxing. However, if you do decide to head to the pool for a swim, always remember to remain cautious at all times.

Joseph Schooling represented Singapore well at the 15th FINA World Championships by setting two new national open records and qualifying for two semi-finals. The 18-year-old broke his own previous record in the 200 metres butterfly. Unfortunately, he fell slightly short of a place in the final despite clocking a timing of 1 minute 56.27 seconds, which was a 0.4 seconds improvement to his 20-month-old mark. Overall, he finished in 10th place, which was two spots from qualifying for the finals.

As for the 200m individual medley, Joseph barely made it into the semi-finals as he was the 16th to qualify, which also made him the one who took the last spot. His timing improved from 2:00.77 set in May to 1:59.99, setting a new national open record. During the semi-finals, he only managed a time of 2:00.49, placing him in 16th position. Despite having a slower timing compared to the heats, it was still better compared to his pre-championship best. In the 100m butterfly heats, Joseph came as close as he could possibly get. He was placed 17th overall with a timing of 52.56 seconds. Joseph’s timing was merely four hundredths of a second behind Philip Heintz of Germany, who took the 16th and last semi-final spot.

Aside from Joseph’s promising results, Tao Li also did not disappoint in her events. She managed to qualify for the SEA Games in the 100m backstroke as well as set a new personal best in the 50m backstroke. In fact, for the 100m backstroke heats, Tao Li bettered the SEA Games qualifying mark of 1 minute 3.69 seconds. Her timing came in at 1:03.31 to finish 33rd of 50 swimmers. This was also her fastest time of the year. As for the 50m backstroke heats, she set a new personal best of 28.90s and finished 24th out of a total of 51 swimmers. This was a 0.01s improvement to her previous best set at the 2010 Asian Games. Unfortunately, her timing still did not make the cut for a place in the semi-finals. For the rest of the story, you can check it out here.

At Happy Fish Swim School, we offer a variety of swimming lessons including competitive swimming lessons. Hence, if you are ready to take things to the next level and perhaps represent Singapore one day, this could just be the first step for you.