The Louisville Cardinal

Kelsi Worrell punches ticket to 2016 Rio Olympics

By Dalton Ray–

University of Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics for the United States. Worrell posted a 56.48 time in the 100-fly in the U.S. Olympic Trails finals. Her time is the second-fastest of the year in the 100-fly.

Afterwards, Worrell was nearly speechless.

“It’s a dream come true. I’m in shock for sure,” Worrell said. “I don’t even know what to say.”

Worrell faced off against seven other swimmers in the finals. The total field consisted of Dana Vollmer, Sarah Gibson, Cassidy Bayer, Kendyl Stewart, Hellen Moffett, Claire Donahue, Hali Flickinger and Worrell.

Worrell is the 2015 and 2016 national champion in the 100- and 200-fly. After a stellar career as a Cardinal, Worrell is quickly working on her Olympic career. The four-time national champion gives her teammates credit for her outing.

“It is really rowdy here because we have a huge team here. I did the C-A-R-D-S cheer with them, which is my favorite thing,” Worrell said. “It calms me that they are all here for me cheering and supporting me. There is no pressure here.”

Worrell is the second ever U.S. Olympian U of L has produced. Former women’s basketball Angel McCoughtry won a golden medal for the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics.

Photo by Wade Morgan  / The Louisville Cardinal