“I didn’t, no,” Worrell told reporters at Northside Swim Center when asked whether she thought 2015 would bring her such a torrent of success. “I’ve been healthy this year. I think that’s the biggest thing.”
Worrell’s time would have claimed bronze at the world championships had she been a part of the U.S. delegation that has struggled this week in Kazan, Russia. The surprise, though, was she didn’t even expect to be here.
Five months after winning her first collegiate national title and a month after Worrell took home her first international medal, a gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, the 21-year-old claimed another first Thursday night at #USA Swimming’s national championships in San Antonio. Worrell captured the national title in the women’s 100-meter butterfly. Her time of 57.27 seconds was three-hundredths of a second shy of her Pan Am record that ranks her as the third-fastest swimmer in the world this year and the fastest American since 2013.
What a difference a year makes.
A year ago, #Kelsi Worrell had never won a national title or competed in an international event. The rising Louisville senior was a relative unknown whose career highlights included a runner-up finish at the women’s NCAA swimming championships and a third-place finish at last summer’s U.S. nationals in a non-Olympic event.