The University of Louisville will have a swimmer heading to Rio under the Star-Spangled Banner.
Last night, University of Louisville swimmer Kelsi Worrell, wearing her red and black U of L suit, won the 100m butterfly in Omaha, Neb., securing her spot to partake in the 2016 Olympic Games this August. She finished with a time of 56.48 seconds, which is the second fastest time in the world in this event. Worrell also defeated the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Dana Vollmer.
She also joins former Basketball player Angel McCoughtry as the only other Cardinal to compete for Team U.S.A. Of course this is a great honor for her, and at 21 years old, she has a bright career ahead of her. And she may just receive another highlight in just a few short weeks.
She is less than a second off of the leader in the 100m fly, which is led by Sarah Sjostrom, with a time of 55.68 seconds performed on March 31st. If Worrell has a really good day, you may see her overtake the Swede for the gold medal. Of course, with 0.8 seconds of separation, everything would have to go right for her to win the gold. Nevertheless, it is still a great honor for both Worrell and the UofL Cards to be competing for the U.S.A.