Vladimir Morozov, a 2012 Olympicheadshot bronze medalist and European Short Course Championships gold medalist who moved from Russia to the U.S. six years ago, is a 2013 junior who is among the NCAA’s top sprinters. USC’s fastest ever in the 50y and 100y free, he looks to defend Pac-12 titles in both races this year while also looking to improve on his NCAA top 3 finishes in both events. In addition to holding USC’s records in the 50y and 100y free, he shares schools marks in the 200y and 400y free relays and the 200y and 400y medley relays and is the second-fastest at USC in the 100y backstroke.

2011: Morozov, the 2011 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, put together one of USC’s all-time best freshman seasons, becoming a four-time All-American, a three-time Pac-10 finalist and breaking a pair of school records – the 50y and 100y free – a combined 12 times. Morozov earned All-American honors with his fourth-place finish in the 100y free (41:88, PR) at the 2011 NCAA Championships and sixth-place in the 50y free (19.38) and by leading USC’s 400y free relay to third place and its 200y free relay to fifth. His time in the 100y free marked the seventh time he lowered the mark in the event within that year. Prior to the season, the school record had stood since 1991 … Going head-to-head with Cal senior champion Nathan Adrian at the 2011 Pac-10s, Morozov took second in both the 50y (19.06, PR) and 100y free (41.93). His 50 time yet again lowered his school record while his prelim time in the 100y (41.92) reset that mark. He was also third in the 100y back (46.90) approaching USC’s long-time record in the event (46.55) … Morozov was fourth in the 50y free and third in the 100y free at the 2010 U.S. Short Course Championships in December and also helped USC take 1st in the 200y free relay. He earned National Swimmer of the Week in recognition of his efforts.

HIGH SCHOOL: Morozov, who moved to the U.S. as a prep freshman, attended Torrance (Calif.) High by way of Siberia and was named Swimming World’s 2010 Male High School Swimmer of the Year. The five-time prep All-American as a senior finished his brilliant high school career by setting national high school records at the 2010 CIF Southern Section Division III Championships and at the 2010 CIF Southern Section Masters Meet. His first record came at the CIF Division III Championships, where his opening 50 yards of the 200y free relay (19.43) broke a national mark. After winning CIF titles in the 100y fly and the 100y back for the second year in a row, he came back at the CIF Masters meet to lead off a 400y free relay with a 42.87 for another national high school record. He also won Masters titles in the 100y fly (47.97) and 100y back (47.55). Those times, as well as his 42.87 in the 100y free and a 19.55 in the 50y free were all Masters records … The 2009 and 2010 South Bay Daily Breeze Swimmer of the Year, he won the 100m free at the 2008 Junior Nationals. His 19.96 was the fastest time in California in the 2008-09 prep season, his 48.78 in the 100y back was second fastest and his 44.98 was fourth fastest.