Morozov Tops 100y Free Prelims At NCAAs
March 30, 2013
Junior Vladimir Morozov posted the top morning time in the 100y free, led USC to second in the 400y free relay qualifying while junior Dimitri Colupaev and freshman Morten Klarskov earned `B' final berths to lead the Trojans on the third day of prelims at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday (March 30).
Troy is after its first top 5 finish since 2003 and its first top 4 since 2001. Michigan holds the lead heading into tonight's final with 336 points and is followed in the top 10 by California (301.5), Arizona (234.5), USC (212), Florida (196.5), Texas (192), Stanford (169), Auburn (167.5), Indiana (151) and Georgia (106).
Morozov, who won USC's first 50y free Thursday since 1977, qualified for the top seed in the 100y free with a comfortable 41.88. He is trying to become the first Trojan win the 100y free since 1974 and the first ever to sweep the sprint events.
The closest to Morozov in prelims was Stanford senior Aaron Wayne (42.26) and Auburn's Marcelo Chierighini (42.26). The only two in the field ever under 42 are Morozov and Chierighini. Morozov's lifetime best of 41.38 makes him the fourth-fastest ever in the race. The NCAA and all-time record is 40.92 (Auburn's Cesar Cielo, 2008).
Morozov closed prelims by swimming the third leg of USC's 400y free relay that also included Colupaev, junior Jack Wagner and sophomore Cristian Quintero, who touched in 2:50.71, 0.29 behind Michigan's morning-best 2:50.42. Troy owns the top time this year in the field with a 2:48.66 from Pac-12s. Auburn owns the second-fastest time this year (2:50.94) and the Tigers qualified for the final third (2:50.94). Florida, the only other team under 2:51 this year, scraped into the `A' final in eighth (2:52.45).
USC hasn't won a relay since the 800y free relay in 2002 and hasn't claimed the 400y free relay title since 1977.
Colupaev earned his second straight `B' final in the 100y free with a 42.80 (10th overall), a PR and good enough to tie (with Quintero) for second all-time at USC. He was just 0.06 out of eighth.
Klarskov continued to assault USC's 200y breast record, lowering it yet again in prelims from 1:55.13 to 1:54.64, 11th overall and garnering a spot in the `B' final. He was 0.41 from a top eight spot.
Quintero will race in the second to last heat of the timed final of the 1650y free later today. He owns the ninth-fastest time entering the race and was ninth overall last year.
The finals begin at 4 p.m. and will be streamed live on ESPN3.