Morozov Wins Four Events At Russian Nationals|
April 22, 2013
USC junior Vladimir Morozov won both the 50-meter ad 100-meter freestyles as well as the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter breaststroke during a dominant performance at the 2013 Russian National Championships in Kazan that ended today (April 22).
Morozov, who won NCAA titles in March in the 50y and 100y free, qualified to represent Russia last Wednesday when he finished second in the 100m back, but he was just getting started.
He went on to capture the 100m free title with a world's best this year of 47.93 and today won his fourth title by winning the 50m free in 21.81 after going 21.72 in prelims. The 21.72 is the third-fastest in the world this year.
His winning time in the 100 and semi time in the 50 broke his own school records set last year. He also broke the 100m back school record last week.
The swimming portion of the 2013 FINA World Championships are set for July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain.
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.