U.S. Olympic Trials: Kelsi Worrell Captures 100 Fly (56.48) In A Whirl Win

Kelsi Worrell had a big day for Team USA at the USA College Challenge - Courtesy of the University of Louisville

As excpected, Kelsi Worrell and Dana Vollmer dominated the women’s 100 butterfly, Worrell going 56.48 to become just the third woman to crack 56.50 in textile.

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Certainly a clear positive result in an event where US has struggled post London & definitely strengthens their medley relay,

Whilst this time places Worrell firmly in medal contention; make no mistake she is still a long way behind Sjostrom and there are a number of swimmers with faster or similar PBs. A clear medal bet chance but, to my mind, not a certain one.


Vollmer seemed politely disappointed after the race. I think she was going for a 56-mid.

Good to see Worrell put a PB down with an evening swim. Seems like she was in a big of danger of being labeled a morning glory.


Vollmer was long on the turn, and her underwater looked average compared to Worrell (say Vollmer-Worrell repeatedly in quick succession…).

Also, swimming 3 rounds of fast swimming is always proven to be harder than swimming two rounds with pedestrian prelims.


“there are a number of swimmers with faster or similar PBs.”

I think you might be overstating it. Nobody has been faster besides Sjostrom since London. Nobody in the last two years has been faster than 56.8. There seems to be a phalanx of swimmers between 56 high and 57 low this year (which is actually an improvement). Just to illustrate Sara’s dominance nobody besides her was under 57sec at World’s in Kazan. Back in 2014 Ottesen was 56.5, which is the closest anyone has been since London (if you discount a race where she was DQ’d that year). So in that context a 56.4 might be more robust than you’re giving credit for. From the 2012 Olympics onwards Sjostrom herself did not manage to dip under 56.5 until last year. Of course it’s far from a safe bet that Worrell will be able to repeat let alone better this time in five weeks. And there is always a chance that one of the others in that 56.8-57.2 range can drop a chunk of time in Rio. But I’d say she’s in a little bit better position than just being one of several in the distant chasing pack.

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