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.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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