A woman claims she matched with Olympic swimmer Joseph Schooling on Twitter – and is beating herself up for not replying to his last message.
Sabryna Salazar, 20, of Austin, Texas, shared a screen grab in the early hours of Saturday, showing a previous exchange on the dating app.
Schooling, 21, of Singapore, won the gold medal at the men’s 100-meter butterfly event just a few hours before on Friday, leaving silver to Michael Phelps.
The screen grabs shared by Salazar show she had a conversation between April 7 and April 8 this year with a man going by Joseph, whose profile picture shows Schooling at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Sabryna Salazar (pictured left and right), 20, of Austin, Texas, claims she matched on Tinder with Olympic swimmer Joseph Schooling back in April
A screen grab shared by Salazar in the early hours of Saturday (pictured) shows a previous exchange on the dating app between her and a man identified as Joseph, 21
Salazar stopped replying to the other user’s messages, thus ending the conversation – a move she later regretted as shown in this tweet
The DailyMail.com has reached out to Schooling for comment.
In the screen grabs shared by Salazar, the man identified as Joseph appears to be 21, like Schooling, and to be enrolled at the University Of Texas at Austin.
Schooling has swum for the Longhorns, the university’s swimming team.
The user identified as Joseph began the conversation on April 7, writing: ‘Hey! How’s it going beautiful?’
Salazar replied: ‘It’s going well! How about you?’ She included an emoji with hearts in lieu of eyes.
The other user wrote on April 8: ‘Good thabks! Watcha up to [sic]’.
Schooling (pictured left with his gold medal and right with Michael Phelps) set an Olympic record on Friday, finishing the 100-meter butterfly event in 50.39 seconds
But the conversation ended here as Salazar stopped replying. Salazar, a full-time Psychology student at the University of Texas at Austin, later called the move her ‘greatest failure’ on Twitter.
‘I was watching Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly race and then Joseph won. I noticed the name sounded familiar and the announcers kept saying he was a Longhorn so I looked back through my Tinder matches and found out it was him,’ Salazar told the DailyMail.com.
‘Honestly, I just thought it was hilarious that we had matched at one point. It’s pretty crazy to think you’ve had an interaction with an Olympic gold medal winner.’
Her tweet, which contains the screen grabs of the Tinder exchange, has been retweeted more than 33,000 times and has gathered more than 69,800 likes.
Schooling set an Olympic record on Friday, finishing the 100-meter butterfly event in 50.39 seconds.
Schooling grew up admiring Phelps and met him in 2008, when Schooling himself was just a young boy.
He posed next to Phelps as the US team trained in Singapore ahead of the 2008 Olympics.
Phelps however had to share the podium with two other swimmers on Friday night. He won silver in a three-way tie with Hungarian athlete Laszlo Cseh and South Africa’s Chad le Clos.
Meanwhile, Schooling’s girlfriend, Casey Shomaker, paid homage to Schooling on Facebook Saturday.
She shared a picture of him on the podium and wrote in the caption: ‘And thus the kid has become the king.’
Growing up, Schooling admired Phelps and met him in 2008, when Schooling himself was just a young boy. He previously shared this photo of their meeting
Schooling’s stunning girlfriend, Casey Shomaker (pictured with him left and right), is a student at the University of Texas School of Law