Olympics / Team USA Local Olympic Spotlight: New Jersey’s Kelsi Worrell Hoping to Fly to Gold For Team USA by Daniel Popoloski August 5, 2016 Kelsi Worrell (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) West Hampton, New Jersey’s Kelsi Worrell is ready to break out of the Rio Olympics as one of swimming’s newest stars. Worrell qualified for the Olympics when she won the 100m butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She finished a disappointing seventh in the 200m fly, and eight in the 100m freestyle, making the 100m fly her one individual event in Rio. However, with her times, she could participate in the medley relay as the butterfly leg. Worrell, 22, is a premier butterfly specialist who also participates in the sprinting freestyle events. She took home gold in the 100m fly at the Pan-Am games, as well as NCAA titles in the 100m and 200m fly. On top of those, she also added a United States national title in 2015. At one point she did briefly hold the American record in her signature event. Kelsi Worrell is the one of the favorites in the 100m fly in Rio, but she does have one stiff competitor. Sara Sjostrom of Sweden, the world record holder, is the only swimmer to have swam a faster time than Worrell in the event this year, and expects to be her toughest competition. Defending gold medalist and American teammate Dana Vollmer will also be back in the top of competition, as well as Xinyi Chen of China. Even if she doesn’t win, it’s likely that Worrell will find her way on the podium. The world record isn’t out of reach for her, neither is the American record that she flirted with at the Trials, or the Olympic record. The relays haven’t been named yet, but if she is added to the medley relay, she will probably add another medal there as well. Expect her to make quite a bit of noise in Rio. She graduated from Rancocas Valley High School in 2012, where she then went on to Louisville University. At Louisville, she majored in exercise science. She is the oldest of six siblings, and all of them are competitive swimmers. Post Views: 1,495 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Daniel Popoloski Dan is a Staff Writer here at DoubleGSports.com with a focus on Team USA and the Rio Olympics Latest posts by Daniel Popoloski (see all) Team USA Proves it Can Win without Phelps, Lochte - July 30, 2017 Sydney McLaughlin becomes first Repeat Gatorade Athlete of Year - July 18, 2017 Local Swimmers Looking to Thrive at World Championships - July 18, 2017 Sydney McLaughlin Dominates New Jersey Meet of Champions - June 14, 2017 Related TopicsKelsi WorrellRioRio OlympicsSwimmingTeam USA Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 How To Avoid Scams When Purchasing Football Tickets Online by Guest | posted on July 23, 2020 Lochte, Dressel and Ledecky all Chasing Gold at 2021 Tokyo Olympics by Anthony Paradiso | posted on April 18, 2021 You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video) by Nicholas Durst | posted on April 19, 2021 You Know I’m Right, Episode 110: New York Giants’ Insider Paul Dottino (Audio/Video) by Nicholas Durst | posted on April 21, 2021 More in Olympics / Team USA Lochte, Dressel and Ledecky all Chasing Gold at 2021 Tokyo Olympics The 2021 Summer Olympic games are scheduled to take place from July 23 –... You Know I’m Right, Episode 94: Olympic Gold Medalist Lilly King (Audio/Video) On the 94th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst was joined by olympic... The Tokyo 2021 Olympics Will Feature New Amazing Sports Surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing, karate, baseball and softball will compete at the Summer Olympics. You Know I’m Right, Episode 82: NBC’s Mary Carillo (Audio/Video) On the 82nd episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Local Olympic Spotlight: New Canaan, Connecticut Native Thomas Dunstan Part of Men’s Water Polo Team What’s happening with tennis in Rio?