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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morrow3
8 years ago

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
8 years ago

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.

Ryan
8 years ago

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!

Rafael
Reply to  Ryan
8 years ago

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

mcgillrocks
Reply to  Rafael
8 years ago

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

Rafael
Reply to  mcgillrocks
8 years ago

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..

8 years ago

Dang!At last, i made one correct prediction…
His textile best in SCM(45.5) it was a hint of what Vlad is capable of.
Next year, it will be the little fifty… :]

Justin Thompson
8 years ago

A great swim, but this summer I doubt Vladdy will be making much noise in a long course pool.

Rafael
Reply to  Justin Thompson
8 years ago

cause of his height right?

Daaaave
Reply to  Justin Thompson
8 years ago

Curious why you say that–did you watch his swims? He does not gain on turns and underwaters relative to his on-the-water swimming in the way other short-course specialists do. He’s not like a Shields in fly–He surges ahead stroking in a way that should translate well in the longer pool based on what I saw. I’d say his NCAA performance bodes well for WCs and beyond.

And as I type that is an understatement because his 100 free is one of the few swims I’ve watched on tv/live stream that made me shout uncontrollably at the screen. And it was not a short-course-only swim.

rafael
Reply to  Daaaave
8 years ago

Last year he went 22.06 on 50 free and 48.55 on 100.. he still needs to show his improvement on SC will go to LC

Coacherik
Reply to  Justin Thompson
8 years ago

What makes you say that?

Coacherik
Reply to  Coacherik
8 years ago

Sorry, that was directed at Justin.

And Rafael, how’s about we give him that opportunity?

rafael
Reply to  Coacherik
8 years ago

He will have it.. Worlds Champs..

But even on his home country he is not the most promising already if we count Sedov in

aswimfan
8 years ago

Correction:

Cielo did not break World Records at 2008 Olympics, he did it in 2009 World Championships.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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