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