Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Kelsi Worrell...smooth water ahead -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
JERSEY NATIVE READY FOR OMAHA
This time of year...many UofL fans think of college baseball when Omaha is mentioned. Due to the unforeseen elimination of Cardinal baseball in the Super Regionals...Omaha has a alternate meaning now...it is the site of the Olympic Swimming trials from June 26-July3.
Kelsi Worrell and 19 other UofL swimmers will make the trip to Nebraska...Omaha is a 10 hour drive from the Ville via I-64, I-70 and I-29...to compete for a spot in Rio.
The 100 meter butterfly is where Worrell creates waves. She set the world record in the event during the 2015 NCAA Championships. This year, she shaved 4/10's of a second off that record...clocking a 49.43. Worrell was the first woman to break 50 seconds in the event.
Kelsi Worrell is not one-dimensional. She swam on a 4x100 medley team last December in the Duel In The Pool and helped set another world record.
Kelsi Worrell has asthma. As she has gotten older, her condition has steadily improved. Finding the right medications and making adjustments in training and breaks have helped her overcome asthma attacks.
Overcoming adversities. Worrell has had a few to battle since coming to Louisville in the fall of 2012. Sprained ankles. Mononucleosis. In the classroom, she's also a champion...named to The College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Honorable mention squad...which recognizes student-athletes for their accomplishments in the classroom and athletics.
She was also the ACC Swimmer of the Year.
Worrell will tell you that out of the water she's "clumsy" and didn't actively pursue any other sports in high school other than swimming. No problem, Kelsi Whirl...stay in the pool as long as you want.
In the world of competitive swimming, Worrell has shown time and time again that she has what it takes to acheive greatness. We look forward to seeing her in the trials and in Rio. Keep maving waves, KelsiWhirl.