UofL’s Kelsi Worrell punches ticket to Olympics

Just so bubbly, outgoing, and approachable.  An exceptionally talented athlete.

Humble and hungry as well — a prototype for University of Louisville athletes, as far as Tom Jurich is concerned.

Kelsi Worrell 333That’s Kelsi Worrell, who will be representing UofL on the United States swimming and diving team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Kelsi stamped her ticket with a first place finish in the women’s 100-meter butterfly event on Monday in the U.S. team trials at Omaha. Right behind her in second place was Dana Vollmer who won the gold medal in the event during the 2012 Olympics.

Worrell was clocked at 56.48 seconds – the second-fastest time in the world this year.

A four-time NCAA individual champion, Worrell will be just the second U.S. Olympian ever from U of L, following Angel McCoughtry, a women’s basketball player.

Creative, too.

Remember this video of members of the UofL women’s swim team simulating rowers on a moving sidewalk at the Durham, N.C., airport?

Then they simulated rowers in a shell, sitting on the sidewalk and each pulling on an invisible oar as they moved along the sidewalk. And finally, they lay on the moving sidewalk and pretended to swim.

Worrell was the videographer, uploading the video to her Facebook account. As of today, the video had been viewed 10,181,055 times. A website in Wales shared it and has had over 22 million additional views.

She’s got a golden touch, Kelsi does.

Kelsi Worrell finalist for Honda Award

Congratulations indeed to Kelsi Worrell, a University of Louisville swimmer, who has been named a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2016 Honda Cup. She was announced as the winner in the swimming and diving category over the weekend.

Worrell, a native of Mt. Holly N.J., is a nine-time All-American, the 2015 and 2016 ACC Swimmer of the Year and the 2016 ACC Championship Most Valuable Swimmer. At this year’s NCAA Championships, she captured the 100 butterfly, setting the American, NCAA and US Open records and won the 200 butterfly while setting a new NCAA Championship standard.

Louisville Swimming and Diving v UK“She has earned her success through her work ethic, team-first attitude, and a huge heart,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “During her four years as a swimmer at the University of Louisville, she has captured our imaginations and allowed us to dream bigger than ever as a program. Yet, in the midst of ACC records, NCAA Records, American Records, and even a World Record, she continues to embody the ‘humble and hungry’ approach that has impacted our swimming and diving program in all levels.

“Her success is also a validation of the support that Tom Jurich and our entire administration have put forth to create an environment where we are given to the tools to create world-class programs for student-athletes.”

The Honda award is presented by the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards organization to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” The winner of the overall award will announced in June.

Kelsi Worrell hurls first pitch for UofL

Kelsi Worrell
Kelsi Worrell

Kelsi Worrell, winner of two NCAA championships for the University of Louisville in the 100-  and 200-meter butterfly swimming competition two weeks ago, prepares to throw out the opening pitch for the University of Louisville vs. Kentucky baseball game Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium. She threw a fast ball for a strike but the game was postponed due to another April deluge and may be rescheduled.

Kelsi Worrell: 2 national championships for Louisville

Two national championships already in the books for University of Louisville for the 2014-15 academic year.

Kelsi Worrell clams the hardware for UofL.
Kelsi Worrell clams two NCAA championships .

Kelsi Worrell, a junior swimmer, earned two national titles in winning the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly events over the weekend in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Greensboro, N.C.

Worrell not only won two national championships but she set new NCAA and US Open 100 butterfly records twice on the same day Friday, becoming the first woman to finish in under 50 seconds. She completed a preliminary event in 49.89 seconds and won the championship with her 49.81 time.

“I just want to give all the glory to God, I wouldn’t be here without him,” said Worrell. “I just want to give all the glory to him. I want to thank all my teammates. I have so many family members in the stands and I am just so grateful that they are here and that I get to share this with them.”

Worrell won her second national championship on Saturday, winning the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:51.11 and a sweep of the competition.

Kelsi, who hails from Westampton, N.J., missed much of the competition last year while she was coping with mononucleosis.

The UofL women’s team finished sixth in the overall competition. California was first, followed by Georgia, Stanford, Texas A&M and Virginia.