Morozov Qualifies For Worlds At Russian Nationals|
April 18, 2013
USC junior Vladimir Morozov continued his fantastic spring of swimming by qualifying for the 2013 World Championships in the 100-meter back on Wednesday at the Russian Nationals in Kazan.
Morozov, who won NCAA titles in the 50- and 100-yard free in March and who won a relay bronze medal Russian at the 2012 Olympics, finished second in the 100m back in 53.70, lowering his school record in the race. He also swam the race at the London Olympics.
The swimming portion of the 2013 FINA World Championships are set for July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain.
Morozov will swim the prelims and semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle on Friday with the finals set for Saturday. The 50-meter freestyle prelims and finals are on Sunday with the final on Monday. Click here for results (in Russian).
USC junior Stina Gardell qualified to represent Sweden at the World Championships with qualifying cuts in the 200m and 400m IM at the recent U.S. Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz. Fellow junior Lynette Lim will also compete (200m and 400m free), representing The Philippines.
Also going to Worlds is Gardell's former USC teammate, Trojan great Katinka Hosszu, who will represent Hungary.
All-Americans Cristian Quintero (Venezuela) and Dimitri Colupaev (Germany) will compete at upcoming national meets in April and May, respectively, while the U.S. will hold its trials for the Worlds at the Summer Nationals in June.