Morozov Wins Relay Bronze To Open Indoor Swimming at Worlds|
July 28, 2013
Vladimir Morozov, who led all swimmers with six medals at the recent World University Games, was the first Trojan to earn a medal at the 2013 FINA World Championships in the indoor pool as he helped Russia to bronze Sunday (July 28) in Barcelona, Spain.
Morozov, who finished his three-year Trojan career as a three-time NCAA champion in March, swam one of the top splits in the 400m free relay and helped put Russian into second after the the third leg of the tightly bunched race. France, however, came back from third to win gold while the U.S. edged Russia for the silver by 0.02.
Dimitri Colupaev, a rising senior who teamed with Morozov on USC's 400y free relay NCAA title, helped Germany to sixth in the final.
Recent USC grad Katinka Hosszu turned in the fastest time in the world during prelims of the 200m IM (2:08.45) and then led all semifinal swimmers with a 2:08.59 to qualify as the top seed in Monday's final. Her former teammate, Sweden's Stina Gardell, a 2013 All-American who will be a senior this season, just missed the semifinals, taking 17th in prelims (2:14.02).
The championships continue through Aug. 4.