OMAHA, Neb. - Some 1,800 athletes in Omaha are vying for a mere 52 spots on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team.
UofL, UK, Western Kentucky, IU, Sacred Heart and Lakeside Swim Club are all represented.
UofL's contingent exceeds 25 swimmers in the hunt for trips to Rio, including Kelsi Worrell.
From the beginning, the modest New Jersey native has said it's been all about her Cardinal team, and being in Omaha together is their motivation.
"I got a little teary-eyed," Worrell told WAVE 3 News. "We have a huge team here, and seeing them in the stands cheering for me and helping, that just made me a little emotional, but it's really special."
Added UofL swim coach Arthur Albiero: "It's great to come to this meet as a team. You know that's one of the things we felt was very important, to have a presence ... When our kids are swimming, there's a great cheering section, and that's how we got here as a program, so there's a lot to be said for that."