PHOENIX, Arizona, January 21. FOUR-TIME Olympian Roland Schoeman made an appearance Saturday at the dual meet between Grand Canyon University and Biola University, posting what is believed to be his second-fastest performance ever in the 100-yard freestyle.
Schoeman, an Olympic silver medalist in the 100 freestyle at the 2004 Games, swam a 42.31 in an exhibition race at the dual meet. The time approached his personal best of 41.91, set in 2007 at the UT Invite, and would have given the 32-year-old a second-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division I championships. Schoeman was a perennial bridesmaid in the 100 free during his time at the University of Arizona from 1998 to 2002, posting a collegiate best of 42.58 in the 2001 championships, where he placed second.
Video footage of the race, courtesy Takahisa Ide:
Schoeman has been focusing on the 50 freestyle in the past couple of years, which paid off in a spot in the Olympic final in London. Since winning the Olympic title in 2004 (with Schoeman in the leadoff position), South Africa has been a strong international presence in the 400 free relay, and Schoeman's contribution could help South Africa become medal contenders at this summer's world championships.