Kelsi Worrell Opens U.S. Nationals With Strong Showing in 100 Butterfly (57.27)

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

Kelsi Worrell followed up her victory in the 100 butterfly at the Pan American Games by capturing her prime event with a strong showing of 57.27.

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Kelsi Worrell followed up her victory in the 100 butterfly at the Pan American Games by capturing her prime event with a strong showing of 57.27.


Mark Bendall

Why on earth does US swimming schedule its national championships to coincide with the world championships, ensuring that 40 odd of the best US swimmers can’t compete at their own nationals? Is there any logical reason for this? It’s not as if this is the first time they have done this – in a previous Olympic year they held the nationals at the same time as the Olympics! A few weeks earlier they had held the Olympic trials – other nations use their nationals as the trials but for strange reasons the U.S. Doesn’t and they then hold nationals with all the best swimmers missing!


genuine question to americans here:

what/where is the best conversion calculator to use for SCY –> LCM?

I am asking this because right after NCAA, everybody (and by that, I mean americans and maybe some other) were talking about Manuel and Franklin going to smash 52 and 1:53 because of their 46.0 and 1:39

I mean there must have been some calculators that indeed converted those values to make people believe such thing

Richard Ortiz

Aswimfan, I have no idea. Over the years, I have become tired of hearing how great a yards performance will be once it is “converted” to meters. A 25-yard pool and a 50-meter pool are two completely different animals. You can crunch numbers and have a theory on how a swimmer SHOULD DO in a 50-meter pool based off of his or her 25-yard performance. The reality is that there are some swimmers who can transfer their 25-yards greatness into a 50-meter pool. But there are others who cannot. Because of this, I ignore the times coming from a short course yards competition and refuse to listen to those who go on and on and on about what a monster so and so will be once the long course season begins.


there is NONE really accurate.They should consider if a swimmer has great walls/turns, better in swim phase, underwater…

That talking about Franklin reminds me the talk about Cielo in 2007 when he did 18.69 and 41.1(50 and 100free in yards) and how he would smash WR´s in the World Champs.He made 48.5(fourth) and was sixth in 50 not even breaking 22(later that year he made 21.84 at PanAms, faster than the winner at Worlds-21.88). Long course is another sport.

Craig Lord

It happens in several countries these days, Britain included, Mark – litters national podiums down the thread of years with asterisks and footnotes. silly.


There IS no way of quantifying SCY to LCM; it would be great if it could but sadly they’re two very different racing disciplines. Even SCM is a different beast, and we see SCM titans who never manage to “measure up” in the big pool.

Re the headline of this article, lets just see how/if Worrall manages to back-up through the rounds. At Pan Ams, she swam a similar time in heats and any number of Americans were positively messing their underwear over their potential new fly superstar. She then proceeded to swim half a second slower in the final (no semis at PA) & in the 4xMED.


Well, I find it rather amusing when reading some americans claiming that so and so who is swimming in San Antonio would have won gold, silver, bronze had they swum in Kazan.

Swimming in worlds or olympics just cannot be compared to a national meet. First of all, at worlds or olympics, that swimmer must swim very very fast close to their best in both prelims and semis, not just final. You coast your prelims and you van say goodbye to final. In Kazan, there have been many great swimmers who missed finals.
Second, there are semis for 50/100/200 at worlds, while there’s no such thing in San Antonio. So obviously you get more tired swimming more round in maximum pace.
Third, there’s a gazillion more pressure swimming at worlds when you very well know that basically almost everyone in your final can beat you if you are not at your absolute best (except for Ledecky in distance events of course). Also, swimming in that relaxed and relatively small, balmy weather, San Antonio facility cannot be compared to swimming in a huge converted stadium while having to withstand 15 celsius weather. Even the normally tough Ledecky had to wear mitten.

We already see in Kazan that many swimmers who swam great in their nationals are unable to replicate their swims. Not just americans, but australians, russians, japanese, etc. And those swimmers are more experienced and accomplished than almost all who are swimming in San Antonio.

Some have even said.. Ohh..Zane Grothe would have finished 5th in Kazan.
uhh,,, no… Grothe would not have through to final had he swum in Kazan. Nowhere near final.

Let’s give applause to those who are swimming great in San Antonio without having to undermine those who are swimming in decidedly more difficult Kazan. Give the swimmers in Kazan a little more credit.

John Lohn

ASF, not sure if you are referencing what I wrote or something else, but the only reason I mentioned Worrell’s time in relation to Worlds was to provide some context. That didn’t mean she would have finished in that place. Obviously, there are much different circumstances, as you indicated.



No.. definitely not on what you wrote. Your article is very balanced and fair.

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