Russian star and Trojan great Vladimir Morozov claimed one of the glamour races at the 2018 FINA World Championships on Friday (Dec. 14), holding off American star Caleb Dressel to win the 50m free while his former teammate Katinka Hosszu won her third gold, capturing the 100m IM.
Just two days into the 2018 FINA World Championships in Hangzhou, China, and the Trojans have already amassed an impressive medal count, led by Hungary's Katinka Hosszu with two golds and a silver, a pair of relay medals for Russia's Vladimir Morozov and another relay medal for American Kendyl Stewart.
Former USC Swimming Coach Don LaMont, who guided the Trojan women's team for 10 years following a highly successful club coaching career and prior to a long stint of service for the university, died last week, months after suffering a severe stroke. He was 82.
USC Coach Dave Salo will serve as the American men's head coach and will be joined by a host of former Trojan greats – All-Americans, Olympians and NCAA champions including Katinka Hosszu, Haley Anderson and Vladimir Morozov – as they represent their respective countries beginning Tuesday morning in Hangzhou, China (Monday afternoon local time) at the 2018 FINA World Championships (25m).
Senior Patrick Mulcare, junior Louise Hansson and sophomore Maggie Aroesty were all victorious to lead the Trojans on the final night of the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 1) in Austin.
Junior Louise Hansson won the 100y fly by matching her school record – tying the second fastest time in history – while senior Carsten Vissering crushed his school record en route to a win in the 100y breast, highlighting 16 Trojans in A finals at the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational on Friday (Nov. 30) in Austin.