WAVE 3 News Editorial - June 21, 2016: Olympic Swimmers

WAVE 3 News Editorial - June 21, 2016: Olympic Swimmers

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One of the University of Louisville's greatest student-athletes ever will be on display in prime time on WAVE 3 News during the next two weekends at the United States Olympic Trials.

Swimmer Kelsi Worrell heads into the trials as an American and NCAA record holder and champion, a Pan-American Games gold medalist, and a multiple All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference Swimmer of the Year. She was also honored this year as the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Should she be fortunate enough to qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Kelsi would be a tremendous ambassador for our country, and join former U of L basketball player Angel McCoughtry as the only former Cardinal athletes to be U.S. Olympians.

UofL swim coach Arthur Albiero has already helped four Cardinal swimmers qualify for the Olympics this year, representing four different countries: Brazil, Russia, Venezuela, and Finland. And he could add two more with Worrell and her fellow American teammate Ashley Leclair.

Louisville has an Olympic swimming reputation courtesy the Lakeside Swim Club, with 10 Olympic qualifiers, including one each of the past three Olympics, among them brother and sister Caroline and Clark Burckle.  At the trials in Omaha this weekend they will have eight alumni and five current swimmers competing for an Olympic berth. Five of those swimmers are Sacred Heart grads, and another, Brooke Forde, will be a senior there in the Fall.  All hope to emulate Sacred Heart grad Mary T. Meagher, who won three Olympic gold medals.

Two members of Cardinal Aquatics in Louisville have also qualified for the Olympic Trials.

Cheers to all the contenders for their discipline, focus, and work ethic to get to this point. We wish them the best.

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