A day after we struggled with whether or not Texas A&M’s Beryl Gastaldello swam the fastest 50 fly split in the history of swimming at the SEC Championships, Kelsi Worrell opened the conversation again on Wednesday.
Worrell split 22.34 on the butterfly leg of Louisville’s medley relay, which by our extensive research (and in 24 hours, nobody has told us we’re wrong) is the fastest butterfly split ever done by a woman, legally.
Gastaldello was a 22.46 on Tuesday, which at the time we believed to be the fastest ever, save for a 22.30 done by Stanford’s Elaine Breeden in 2009 on a relay that was DQ’ed. Now, Worrell’s swim will take that torch.
Worrell finished 2nd in the 100 fly at last year’s NCAA Championships as a sophomore, and currently leads the nation in that event at 50.91. Based on her history, that time puts her on target to break the all-time record of 50.01 at year’s end.