Men's Swimming & Diving
    Morozov Wins 50 At Short Course World Championships

    Junior Vladimir Morozov in the 50m free at the 2012 Short Course World Championships.

    Dec. 14, 2012

    USC junior Vladimir Morozov, a bronze medalist at the Olympics earlier this year, won a gold medal Wednesday (Dec. 14) in the 50-meter freestyle on the third day of the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Morozov, swimming for Russia, won the race in 20.55, well ahead of France's Florent Manaudou (20.88) and America's Anthony Ervin (20.99). Morozov's time also broke USC's record in the short course 50.

    Recent USC grad Katinka Hosszu claimed her second gold of the event, winning the 100m individual medley in 58.49, a championship record and 0.30 ahead of second place Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania. Meilutyte is the teenage phenom who edged USC's Rebecca Soni in the 100m breast at the 2012 Olympics and she earlier won the 50m breast at this meet. Hosszu also won the 200m fly and claimed bronze in the 400m IM.

    Morozov will swim the prelims and presumably the semifinals of the 100m free on Saturday. The final is Sunday.

    Trojan sophomore Andrea Kropp will also compete in the 200m breast on Sunday. She was third for at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the race.