Morozov Rocks 21.9 to Win 50 Free on Day 2 of Speedo Grand Challenge


  • Friday, May 26th – Sunday, May 28th
  • 50-Meter Course
  • William Woollett Junior Aquatics Center Pool (Irvine, CA)
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The 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge continued on Saturday in Irvine, California with day 2 finals. Swimmers gathered to compete in the women’s 200 free, 400 IM, 100 fly, and 200 back, as well as the men’s 50 free, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 back, and 400 free. Read on for highlights from today’s finals session.

Trojan Swim Club’s Vlad Morozov, a former NCAA champion for USC, got the ball rolling with a speedy 50 free. It’s not often we see a swimmer dominate the 50 free by close to a full second, but Morozov did just that at this meet. His 21.91 was good for gold, as he finished 8 tenths ahead of club teammate Cristian Quintero (22.71).

After taking 2nd in the 50 free, Quintero picked up another victory for the Trojans at the end of the session, showing off his range with a victory in the 400 free. He led the race from start to finish, touching in 3:55.68 ahead of Cal’s Nick Norman (3:57.32).

Auburn got a pair of wins on day 2 courtesy of butterflier Luis Martinez and distance free/IMer Ashley Neidigh. In the men’s 100 fly, Martinez chased down USC’s Dylan Carter on the final 50, winning in 52.85 to Carter’s 53.59. Neidigh, on the other hand, took her title in the women’s 400 IM, where she clocked a 4:48.17 after running down USC’s Riley Scott (4:49.24) on the freestyle leg.

The Cal Golden Bears also brought in a pair of wins on night 2. After winning the 400 free last night, Katie McLaughlin completed her middle distance free sweep tonight, putting up a 1:59.63 in the 200 free to beat teammate Amy Bilquist (2:00.52). Later in the session, Bilquist bounced back, giving the Bears another win with her 2:12.56 in the 200 back.

Texas A&M’s Brock Bonetti won his 2nd gold of the meet, this time landing on top of the men’s 200 back podium. Bonetti, who topped the 200 IM last night, cranked out a 2:01.26 to get the job done tonight. That was a new personal best for him as he shaved nearly 2 tenths off the 2:01.43 he did in April.

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Editor’s Note: Auburn’s Ashley Neidigh is the sister of author Lauren Neidigh.

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samuel huntington

Hmm, that 58 from Amanda Kendall is noteworthy. After Worrel, there is no clear favorite for second


It ranks Katie McLaughlin along with Mallory Comerford (1:59.60) #6 among American swimmers at 200 free. I hope to see one of them on 800 relay team, capable of 1:56 high – 1:57 low. If two of them do it then dream come true 🙂 – I like both of them.


one of them will have to be on that relay – with Ledecky and Manuel


My dream is Mallory – Leah – Katie – Katie with the world record. Despite Simone Manuel fits this picture as well I’d rather to not have her at this relay. She has very tough task to prove at individual races at 100 and 50 free. Media is pushing her making the failure to medal at these distances at WC as an indicator that Olympic gold medal was just a lucky accident. A lot of pressure. I’m not sure she will risk her individual races by swimming at 100% of her capacity the relay race. I’m still puzzled with her 53.36 relay time that followed by gold 52.7 in a few days in Rio. Her exceptional leadoff performance could easily… Read more »

E Gamble

Prove? Simone has nothing to prove. If she stopped swimming tomorrow, she already has 2 gold and 2 silver medals at age 20. She’s still a kid. She probably won’t even peak until 2024.


If she’s achieved already her swimming career goals in the competition where other contenders with superior personal bests significantly underperformed due to different circumstances then I agree with you – she has nothing to prove. It isn’t even necessary to be at least one more time under 53 sec. I think Simone would be flattered by your opinion but would disagree that she has nothing to prove. Her immediate genuine reaction on the result of the race explicitly says that it wasn’t expected. This 52.7 result stays far away from everything she has ever swum. If she doesn’t better it or at least shows something near to it she will be remembered as a swimmer of one lucky race.


One lucky race can happen at worlds or continental championships. If it happens at the Olympics it’s always just called a gold medal.


Nobody argues with that. The luck is important part of sport competition. In a short time after Olympic Games nobody remembers who a silver medalist was or how and with what time the gold medal was won. Does it matter for Maya Dirado that she was two seconds (at 200 !! ) slower than Missy Franklin in London? Not at all. But this particular race is different. It is remembered first of all as missive failure of leading contenders. 52.7 is an exceptional result. It is very close to the best ever times with the exception of Cate Cate Campbell’s and rubber suite races. In the case of Penny Oleksiak nobody has doubts that she will be there again. because… Read more »


I think she is still off form slightly from 2015 worlds. She needs to find one more gear to make an impact.


Why does Abbey Weitzeil swim 200 free at any meet? Hasn’t she had enough of it in college? Or that is a part of her training exercise to make her a faster sprinter? Or she wants to challenge Cate Campbell or Simone Manuel at everything they are swimming? Interesting.

E Gamble

Swimmers train the 200 for their 100. Notice in every training meet Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel are always entered in the 200 free. That’s why they can come home like a freight train. ?


Oh, that’s why! Abbey wants to be like a freight train.
Somebody has immediately to notify Sarah Sjostrom of what she is missing. She with her new coach are so naive in believing that one thing excludes other: either sprint or 200. Chooh-chooh-chooh, tooh-tooh!!! (or whatever freight train speaks in English 🙂 ) Come back Sarah to 200. Tooh-tooh!!!!!!!! 🙂

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Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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