Kelsi Worrell Uncorks 24.94 in 50 Fly SCM; Becomes First American Woman Under 25-Seconds

Photo Courtesy: Florida Swim Network November 2016

Kelsi Worrell became the first American woman to post a sub-25 second swim in the 50-meter butterfly while swimming at the 2016 FINA SC World Championships.

Worrell uncorked a sizzling 24.94 to top the preliminary field and post a new American Record. Her time obliterated the previous American Record of 25.65 set by Christine Magnussen on two separate occasions.

Magnussen first set her 25.65 mark while swimming in semi-finals of the 2010 World Championships in Dubai, UAE in December of 2010, before delivering a matching time of 25.65, once again in semi-finals, at the 2012 edition of the meet in Istanbul, Turkey.

The World Championship record, which currently sits at a 24.58 from the 2014 Doha edition of the meet and is owned by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, could be in jeopardy if Worrell continues to unleash her butterfly speed.


  1. Ange Hurst

    Callum Hurst

  2. Pete Fitzpatrick

    totally cool! I bet no breaths were taken!

  3. Susan L. Lansbury

    saw her win Trials 100……what a cool person!