Hosszu Reaches Olympic Final In 100m Back|
Aug. 7, 2016
Newly minted gold medalist Katinka Hosszu punched her ticket to another final, this time in the 100m back, while two Trojans swam in the 4x100m free relay final on the second night of swimming at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday (Aug. 7).
Hosszu of Hungary, coming off of her 400m IM gold medal Saturday, qualified for the 100m back semifinals with a 59.13, fifth overall in prelims. She earned her spot in the final on Monday night with a 58.94 in the semifinals, second fastest among both semifinal races.
Former Trojan NCAA champion Vladimir Morozov, who won bronze in the 4x100m free relay in 2012, just missed another bronze as Russia finished fourth in 3:11.64, 0.27 out of third. Morozov, who did not swim in prelims, swam the third leg in 47.31.
USC All-American Santo Condorelli, who will be a junior this season, made his Olympic debut in the 4x100m free relay today. After helping Canada reach the final out of prelims, he led off Canada’s evening race, his squad finishing seventh (3:14.35). He opened with a 48.51.
Cristian Quintero, 22nd in the Olympic 200m free in 2012 for Venezuela, turned in an impressive prelim swim, winning the second of six heats Sunday morning in 1:47.02 to snare a spot in his first Olympic semifinal. In the semifinals, the six-time Trojan NCAA title winner finished 16th overall in 1:48.00.
Also today, sophomore Tim Wynter (Jamaica) finished 34th in the 100m back (57.20) in his Olympic debut.
Former Trojan All-American Stina Gardell and incoming freshman Louise Hansson, both of Sweden, will join Hosszu on Monday in the prelims of the 200m IM. Should the top-seeded Hosszu advance out of prelims, her semifinal 200m IM would start about an hour after her 100m back final. Hosszu will be seeking the first Olympic medal in the 200m IM by a USC woman.