Vlad Morozov Breaks Cesar Cielos’ NCAA Record in 100 Free

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 15

March 30th, 2013 News

As Rowdy Gaines said right after his race, this is one we all thought would stand for a while. That is, until we saw the kind of season Vlad Morozov had been having.

On the final night of the 2013 Men’s NCAA Championships, the USC junior swam a 40.76 for a new NCAA Record in the 100 freestyle.

Saying afterward that his strategy was to “go out as fast as he can, and see what happens” Morozov did jut that. His feet hit at a 19.14 on the turn: a split that would’ve placed him 3rd in the individual 50 free (and that was to his feet, not his hands) and he was still better than anybody but Auburn’s Marcelo Chierighini on the back-half en route to a 40.76.

That broke the old NCAA and U.S. Open Records of 40.92 set in 2008 by Cesar Cielo, who would go on to break World Records later that year at the Olympics.

Nathan Adrian still holds the American Record in 41.08.

Comparative splits between the three fastest swims in history:

Morozov ’13 – 19.14 | 21-62=40.76
Cielo ’08 – 19.60 | 21.32 = 40.92
Adrian ’09 – 19.65 | 21.43 = 41.08

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Anyone know when this is going to be on TV? I missed the Women’s meet and really want to see this one.

Philip Johnson

Amazing … with or without the suits, swimmers always find a way to go fast. Vlad is going to be something special, can’t wait to see what he puts up this summer.


Amazing! Funny that Cielo lowered Adrian’s record by .16 and Vlad lowered Cielo’s by .16. I think Vlad will split under 40 on the relay!


Ryan.. Cielo Record If I recall is Older than Adrian record..


yes. adrian’s record was from ’09, cielo’s was from ’08. seeing as cielo is two years older than adrian it makes it improbable adrians had the record before cielo broke it, then better the american record again

also cielo did the records in textile body suits, so the “who needs suits” don’t really carry that much weight, unless we’re going to lambast thorpe for wearing his bodysuit


Thorpe was the last guy to broke WR is briefs… people don´t give a credit for him because he used a fullbody latter.. and he was 50 flat as 15 year old.. and still… it seems for most he is underrated a lot..

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