Kelsi Worrell 100 Butterfly Record Photo Highlights Plus Video of Parent’s Celebration

Kelsi Worrell fans - courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com

Kelsi Worrell fans and Family – courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com

Kelsi Worrell flys to record - courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com

Kelsi Worrell flys to record – courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com

Kelsi Worrell: Whoa!  Did that just happen?  (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Kelsi Worrell: Whoa! Did that just happen? (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Kelsi Worrell feels the Louisville love… (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Kelsi Worrell feels the Louisville love… (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

VIDEO – Worrell Family Celebration:

A video posted by Mel Stewart (@goldmedalmel) on

 

See SwimSwam / Braden Keith’s report below:

On Friday in prelims at the 2015 Women’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Louisville junior Kelsi Worrell broke the NCAA Record in the women’s 100 yard butterfly, swimming a 49.89 to take the top overall seed in prelims.

That broke the 50.01 done by superstar Natalie Coughlin in 2002, which was one of the legendary records in all of swimming. Worrell became the first woman ever under 50 seconds.

This record was one of the oldest left on the NCAA Record books. In 2002, Natalie Coughlin set the record in the 100 back on the same day as this 100 fly, and those two were the oldest marks on the books coming into this meet.

Comparative splits:

Worrell ’15 – 23.52/26.37 = 49.89
Coughlin ’02 – 23.40/26.61 = 50.01

Worrell didn’t really begin to pull away from the field until her third 25, but that’s where her underwaters (that have gone next-level this season) really showed up.

Coughlin’s record was the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open Record as the fastest swim in history at any level.

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liquid4TheBears
6 years ago

Thanks for the video Mel and congrats to Team Worrell for helping it all happen! Is there a video of Worrell’s historic swim??

Suze Tonjes
6 years ago
Old Hilltopper
6 years ago

I love watching when swimmers are so excited for their teammate. Obviously a very close team.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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