Kelsi Worrell Crushes Prelims With 2nd Fastest 200 Fly Ever

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Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell, who already demolished the NCAA/American record in the women’s 100-yard fly, scorched the women’s 200-yard fly prelims with the second-fastest time ever at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

Worrell hit the wall in 1:50.61, leapfrogging Katinka Hosszu (1:50.61) into second in the all time rankings and putting Elaine Breeden’s NCAA/American record of 1:49.92 on notice.

All Time 200 Fly Top 10

1 1:49.92 Elaine Breeden Stanford 2/28/09
2 1:50.61p Kelsi Worrell Louisville 3/19/16
3 1:51.02 Katinka Hosszu USC 12/2/10
4 1:51.18 Kathleen Hersey Texas TAMU 3/21/09
5 1:51.28 Mary DeScenza Bulldog Long Beach. 1/17/09
6 1:51.91 Natalie Coughlin California Auburn, Ala. 12/7/02
7 1:51.96 Ella Eastin Stanford 2/27/16
8 1:52.08 Christina Bechtel Kentucky 3/21/15
9 1:52.19 Cammile Adams Texas A&M 2/18/14
10 1:52.33 Hali Flickinger Georgia 2/19/16

Worrell, the defending champion, is looking to join a long list of swimmers who have won this event multiple times in a career.

Multiple 200 Fly Winners:

4 – Mary DeScenza, Georgia
4 – Mary T. Meagher, California
3 – Elaine Breeden, Stanford
2 – Tracy Caulkins, Florida
2 – Julie Gorman, Florida
2 – Katinka Hosszu, USC
2 – Misty Hyman, Stanford
2 – Janel Jorgensen, Stanford
2 – Limin Liu, Nevada
2 – Berit Puggaard, SMU
2 – Summer Sanders, Stanford
2 – Cammile Adams, Texas A&M

Stanford’s Ella Eastin will be looking for the upset and her third individual title after sweeping the IMs.  Eastin qualified second in 1:52.30, and has been faster than that with a seventh-ranked 1:51.96 personal best from Pac 12s.  It will be interesting to see if she can give Worrell a run for her money this evening.

Should Eastin win, that would be an NCAA-record 11th win for Stanford in its history.

Previous Stanford Winners:

1990 Janel Jorgensen, Stanford, 1:55.75
1991 Summer Sanders, Stanford, 1:54.17
1992 Summer Sanders, Stanford, 1:53.42
1993 Janel Jorgensen, Stanford, 1:57.43
1998 Misty Hyman, Stanford, 1:55.70
2001 Misty Hyman, Stanford, 1:53.63
2002 Shelly Ripple, Stanford, 1:54.23
2007 Elaine Breeden, Stanford, 1:53.02
2009 Elaine Breeden, Stanford, 1:50.98
2010 Elaine Breeden, Stanford, 1:52.39

Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson (1:53.43), California’s Kelly Naze (1:53.46), Georgia’s Hali Flickinger (1:53.51), Georgia’s Megan Kingsley (1:53.61), Virginia Tech’s Klaudia Nazieblo (1:53.91) and California’s Noemie Thomas (1:54.53) comprised the rest of the championship heat.

                     === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Worrell, Kelsi   SR Louisville        1:51.36    1:50.61Cq      
    r:+0.69  25.04        53.02 (27.98)
        1:21.37 (28.35)     1:50.61 (29.24)
  2 Eastin, Ella     FR Stanford          1:51.96    1:52.30Pq      
    r:+0.72  25.30        53.72 (28.42)
        1:22.59 (28.87)     1:52.30 (29.71)
  3 Gibson, Sarah    JR Tex AM            1:53.75    1:53.43 q      
    r:+0.73  25.83        54.90 (29.07)
        1:23.90 (29.00)     1:53.43 (29.53)
  4 Naze, Kelly      SR California        1:53.98    1:53.46 q      
    r:+0.86  25.24        53.94 (28.70)
        1:23.37 (29.43)     1:53.46 (30.09)
  5 Flickinger, Hal  SR Georgia           1:52.33    1:53.51 q      
    r:+0.74  26.05        54.75 (28.70)
        1:24.40 (29.65)     1:53.51 (29.11)
  6 Kingsley, Megan  SO Georgia           1:53.76    1:53.61 q      
    r:+0.68  25.84        54.92 (29.08)
        1:24.15 (29.23)     1:53.61 (29.46)
  7 Nazieblo, Klaud  SO VT                1:55.30    1:53.91 q      
    r:+0.74  25.95        54.91 (28.96)
        1:24.22 (29.31)     1:53.91 (29.69)
  8 Thomas, Noemie   SO California        1:53.85    1:54.53 q      
    r:+0.61  25.58        54.88 (29.30)
        1:24.31 (29.43)     1:54.53 (30.22)
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  9 Jones, Kaitlyn   JR Virginia          1:54.64    1:54.75 q      
    r:+0.70  25.76        54.83 (29.07)
        1:24.46 (29.63)     1:54.75 (30.29)
 10 Dalesandro, Gia  JR Indiana           1:54.77    1:54.90 q      
    r:+0.63  25.64        54.42 (28.78)
        1:24.34 (29.92)     1:54.90 (30.56)
 11 Chenault, Chels  JR USC               1:55.16    1:55.27 q      
    r:+0.80  26.11        55.65 (29.54)
        1:25.01 (29.36)     1:55.27 (30.26)
 12 Engel, Lindsey   SO Stanford          1:55.58    1:55.40 q      
    r:+0.70  25.39        54.39 (29.00)
        1:23.79 (29.40)     1:55.40 (31.61)
 13 Katz, Taylor     JR Florida           1:55.69    1:55.55 q      
    r:+0.82  26.62        55.68 (29.06)
        1:25.27 (29.59)     1:55.55 (30.28)
 14 Pressey, Bailey  JR Indiana           1:56.98    1:55.85 q      
    r:+0.78  26.51        55.86 (29.35)
        1:25.30 (29.44)     1:55.85 (30.55)
 14 Brady, Sharli    SO Missouri          1:55.73    1:55.85 q      
    r:+0.76  26.01        54.95 (28.94)
        1:24.82 (29.87)     1:55.85 (31.03)
 16 Tegner, Maddy    JR Tennessee         1:55.84    1:55.87 q      
    r:+0.77  26.29        55.49 (29.20)
        1:25.52 (30.03)     1:55.87 (30.35)
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 17 Cheung, Hilvy    JR UC Davis          1:56.52    1:56.07        
    r:+0.64  26.58        56.29 (29.71)
        1:25.76 (29.47)     1:56.07 (30.31)
 18 Stoppa, Frances  FR Rutgers           1:56.85    1:56.34        
    r:+0.71  25.76        55.36 (29.60)
        1:25.63 (30.27)     1:56.34 (30.71)
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 19 Grindall, Dana   JR Wisconsin         1:56.60    1:56.40        
    r:+0.74  25.78        55.01 (29.23)
        1:25.24 (30.23)     1:56.40 (31.16)
 20 Wright, Maddie   FR USC               1:56.60    1:56.42        
    r:+0.71  25.91        55.34 (29.43)
        1:25.49 (30.15)     1:56.42 (30.93)
 21 Grover, Katie    SO UCLA              1:55.45    1:56.43        
    r:+0.68  26.93        56.00 (29.07)
        1:25.73 (29.73)     1:56.43 (30.70)
 22 Koucheki, Sarah  JR UNC               1:55.85    1:56.62        
    r:+0.75  25.81        55.20 (29.39)
        1:25.59 (30.39)     1:56.62 (31.03)
 23 Nunn, Emma       SR UNC               1:56.64    1:56.69        
    r:+0.97  26.33        55.97 (29.64)
        1:26.14 (30.17)     1:56.69 (30.55)
 24 Li, Celina       JR California        1:57.13    1:56.73        
    r:+0.62  25.68        55.02 (29.34)
        1:25.17 (30.15)     1:56.73 (31.56)
 25 Paez, Isabella   SO Duke              1:56.04    1:56.75        
    r:+0.69  26.31        56.35 (30.04)
        1:26.07 (29.72)     1:56.75 (30.68)
 26 Wang, Sonia      FR Harvard           1:57.02    1:56.83        
    r:+0.70  26.76        57.31 (30.55)
        1:26.75 (29.44)     1:56.83 (30.08)
 27 Kopcso, Kara     JR LSU               1:54.46    1:57.24        
    r:+0.68  25.66        55.09 (29.43)
        1:25.66 (30.57)     1:57.24 (31.58)
 28 Yambor-Maul, Al  JR Florida           1:56.10    1:57.30        
    r:+0.75  26.54        56.27 (29.73)
        1:26.54 (30.27)     1:57.30 (30.76)
 29 Rowe, Katie      SR Penn St           1:56.23    1:57.49        
    r:+0.88  26.17        56.26 (30.09)
        1:26.66 (30.40)     1:57.49 (30.83)
 29 Casazza, Caitli  FR Georgia           1:56.47    1:57.49        
    r:+0.81  26.93        56.62 (29.69)
        1:26.02 (29.40)     1:57.49 (31.47)
 31 Rawson, Emmy     SO Purdue            1:56.52    1:57.55        
    r:+0.77  26.79        56.54 (29.75)
        1:26.76 (30.22)     1:57.55 (30.79)
 32 Pugh, Marah      SO Louisville        1:55.63    1:57.65        
    r:+0.66  26.58        55.71 (29.13)
        1:25.81 (30.10)     1:57.65 (31.84)
 33 Gruber, Margare  JR VT                1:57.65    1:57.68        
    r:+0.73  26.65        56.22 (29.57)
        1:26.36 (30.14)     1:57.68 (31.32)
 34 Houck, Abbie     JR Louisville        1:56.05    1:57.87        
    r:+0.80  26.10        55.42 (29.32)
        1:26.12 (30.70)     1:57.87 (31.75)
 35 Griffith, Mary   SR Tennessee         1:55.94    1:57.90        
    r:+0.77  26.97        56.22 (29.25)
        1:26.29 (30.07)     1:57.90 (31.61)
 36 Nero, Bailey     FR Auburn            1:55.89    1:57.95        
    r:+0.79  26.30        56.23 (29.93)
        1:26.52 (30.29)     1:57.95 (31.43)
 37 Kinnear, Katie   SR UCLA              1:56.60    1:58.67        
    r:+0.72  26.16        56.22 (30.06)
        1:27.38 (31.16)     1:58.67 (31.29)
 38 Worrall, Lucy    SR USC               1:56.93    1:58.76        
    r:+0.71  27.16        57.80 (30.64)
        1:28.31 (30.51)     1:58.76 (30.45)
 39 Brown, Megan     FR FSU               1:57.45    1:58.81        
    r:+0.82  26.74        56.49 (29.75)
        1:27.28 (30.79)     1:58.81 (31.53)
 40 Nonnenberg, Mia  SO Alabama           1:58.53    1:59.06        
    r:+0.69  26.86        56.60 (29.74)
        1:27.63 (31.03)     1:59.06 (31.43)
 41 Miller, Chelsie  SR Kansas            1:58.25    1:59.13        
    r:+0.88  26.85        57.08 (30.23)
        1:27.91 (30.83)     1:59.13 (31.22)
 42 Norman, Laura    SO Tex AM            1:59.59    1:59.37        
    r:+0.64  26.15        56.11 (29.96)
        1:26.95 (30.84)     1:59.37 (32.42)
 43 Sowinski, Katel  JR Penn St           1:57.57    1:59.53        
    r:+0.67  26.89        57.13 (30.24)
        1:28.11 (30.98)     1:59.53 (31.42)
 44 Algee, Angela    JR Miami (FL)        1:58.68    1:59.58        
    r:+0.71  27.13        57.68 (30.55)
        1:28.01 (30.33)     1:59.58 (31.57)
 45 Cefal, Michelle  JR Tennessee         1:56.17    2:00.38        
    r:+0.72  27.13        57.30 (30.17)
        1:28.42 (31.12)     2:00.38 (31.96)
 46 Rule, Remedy     FR Texas             1:55.89    2:00.45        
    r:+0.75  26.17        56.54 (30.37)
        1:27.97 (31.43)     2:00.45 (32.48)
 47 Nack, Danielle   SO Minnesota         1:56.55    2:00.86        
    r:+0.76  26.48        56.52 (30.04)
        1:28.02 (31.50)     2:00.86 (32.84)
 -- Bopp, Amy        JR Ohio St           1:58.51        DFS        
      Declared false start
 -- Erasmus, Marne   JR SMU               1:58.26        SCR        
 -- Votava, Lauren   SR Minnesota         1:59.39        SCR

2 comments

    • Shaylyne R. Fisher

      I can barely swim the 100 fly in that time at that time