UofL's Worrell wins NCAA Championship in 100 Fly

UofL's Worrell wins NCAA Championship in 100 Fly

Greensboro, North Carolina - Kelsi Worrell became the University of Louisville women's NCAA Champion when she reset her own American record to win the 100-butterfly as the Cards move into sixth place after the second day of competition at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

With one day remaining, California has the lead with 383.5, Georgia is second in 299.5 followed by Stanford (264), Virginia (168), Texas A&M (153.5), Louisville (151.7) USC 128, and Texas 115

to lead the 32 team field.

Kelsi Worrell earned her second American record of the day in 49.81She became the fastest female 100 yard butterflier ever, the first woman under the 50 second barrier in the 100 butterfly, and the first woman to break 22 seconds on the butterfly leg of the medley relay.

She dropped .28 from her hours-old American record and held off Cal's Farida Osman (51.0)  for the win.

"I just want to give all the glory to God, I wouldn't be here without him. I just want to give all the glory to him, said "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."

The Cardinals' 200-medley relay touched second in 1:35.75 when Tanja Kylliainen (24.81), Andrea Cottrell (26.55), Kelsi Worrell (21.96) and Andrea Kneppers (22.43)for the silver.

California's Farida Osman counterpunched  a 21.96 butterfly leg from Worrell by boarding a 21.09 on the anchor leg to win the Golden Bears the 200 medley relay title.  California wins in a time of 1:35.15 followed Louisville in 1:35.75 --  both slower than Stanford's consol winning time.

Tanja Kyllianen was fourth in the 400-IM with a 4:03.51 in a tough double after swimming the relay.

Andrea Cottrell posted a 59.45 in the consol final in the 100-breast to put up 11th place points! She cut .07 off her prelim times!

The  800 free relay team of Andrea Kneppers (1:46.59), Abigail Houck (1:47.46), Rachel Grooms (1:47.99) and Abigail Chin (1:47.93) combined for a 7:08.97 for an 18th place.

The final day slate will include the 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly, 400-Free Relay and Platform Diving with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m.

Official release from UofL sports information