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Swimming recruit named Swimmer of the Year
By Ryan Martin–
The University of Louisville swimming program has another reason to celebrate. Just a week after Carlos Almeida broke the NCAA breaststroke record, committed Louisville recruit Kelsi Worrell was named New Jersey High School Swimmer of the Year.
Worrell, a senior at Rancocas Valley High School, broke three records during her last year in high school and was recruited by the university. She also came up only 1:31 shy of breaking a nationally set record held by Misty Hyman, a former Olympic swimmer in 1996.
According to uoflsports.com, she is the first female swimmer that has ever broken three records in one single meet at the Meet of Champions.
Swimming head coach Arthur Albeiro could not have been any more pleased with his new recruit’s accomplishments.
“From the first time we met Kelsi, we were impressed with her personality,” Albeiro told multiple sources. “We believe her performances at the state meet have only scratched the surface of her potential. We see great leadership qualities in her, and we look forward to her development and impact in our program for the years to come.”
After breaking all of these records, Worrell is considered to be one of the greatest high school swimmers of all time to come from the state of New Jersey.
Worrell has given a great sense of self-confidence, as it was reported that after breaking these records, she called Albeiro, telling him “he won’t regret his decision.”
When asked about her record-breaking performances, Worrell simply said that she “left everything in the water.”
According to uoflsports.com, Worrell has won numerous awards during her high school swimming career that make her a great addition to the swimming program.
These awards include being Burlington County Swimmer of the Year and a Rancocas Valley MVP three years in a row, as well as making New Jersey All State in 2010 & 2011 and a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American two times in a row.
With this great addition to the program, the university has every reason to be excited.
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