(Cover photo: Angel McCoughtry. Credit: USA Basketball)
University of Louisville senior Kelsi Worrell started off the festivities as Louisville’s first female athlete to compete in the Olympics. She placed fourth in the 100m butterfly earlier today with a time of 56.97 seconds. She’ll compete in the semifinals beginning at 9:14pm on Aug. 6. In the swimming events, the top 16 swimmers advance to the semifinals and the top eight advance to the finals. Should she advance, Worrell will compete in the 100m butterfly finals on Aug. 7 at 9:03 p.m.
Worrell is also a possible for the 4×100-meter medley relay event. The heats are scheduled for Aug. 12 at 1:54 p.m., final on Aug. 13 at 9:49 p.m.
Here are other women from the city of Louisville or the University of Louisville to watch for in the 2016 Olympics:
Angel McCoughtry – Team USA Basketball
The former U of L star and current Atlanta Dream franchise player Angel McCoughtry will make her second Olympics appearance. The basketball format for the Games includes two groups of six teams. Every team in each group plays against one another, and the top four from each group will move on to the quarter finals. So, McCoughtry and Team USA will play on…
- * Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. vs Senegal
- * Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. vs Spain
- * Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m. vs Serbia
- * Aug. 12 at 2:30 p.m. vs Canada
- * Aug. 14 at 11:15 a.m. vs China
Andrea Kneppers – Team Netherlands Swimming
A 2016 graduate of U of L, Kneppers was a two-time All American and helped her home Netherlands team win a bronze medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the European Aquatics Championship earlier this year. She will swim that event in Rio.
- * Aug. 10 at 1:36 p.m. (heats)
- * Aug. 10 at 10:55 p.m. (finals)
Jessica Javelet – Team USA Rugby
A 2009 graduate of U of L, Jessica Javelet was an All-American for the field hockey team, finishing her career as U of L’s first Honda Award finalist for field hockey. She also graduated as valedictorian of the business school. She will compete for Team USA in the Olympic’s inaugural rugby sevens.
The 12 national teams are divided into three pools with four teams apiece. The top two finishers from each pool move on to the quarterfinals (seeding determined by pool standings). The two best third place finishers from the pool stages will also move on to the quarterfinals. The first two matches of pool play take place on Saturday, August 6 with the final pool match taking place on Sunday, August 7 in the early afternoon before the quarterfinals kick off that evening.
- * Aug. 6 – Team USA defeated Fiji 12-7
- * Aug. 6 – Team USA defeated Colombia 48-0
- * Aug. 7 at 12:30 p.m. vs Australia
Tanja Kyllainen – Team Finland Swimming
A 2015 graduate of U of L, Kyllainen actually traveled to Rio in January as part of Finland’s training camp. She qualified for Rio after having swam the 200m individual medley in 2:14.20 minutes. She will compete in the both the 200 and 400-meter individual medleys.
- * Aug. 6 – 400m completed. Ranked 25th with a time of 4:45.33.
- * Aug. 8 at 12:56 p.m. – 200m IM (heats)
- * Aug. 9 at 10:36 p.m. – 200m IM (semis)
- * Aug. 9 at 10:55 p.m. – 200m IM (finals)
Chinwe Okoro – Team Nigeria Track and Field
A 2011 graduate of U of L, Okoro is an All-American who also set the Nigerian national record in the discus throw with a distance of 59.79m. This past April, she threw a personal best 61.58 in Athens, Ohio. Okoro will compete in the discus for her home country.
- * Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. (qualifications)
- * Aug. 16 at 10:20 a.m. (final)
Lutisha Bowen – Team Panama Track and Field
A 2008 graduate of Ballard High, Lutisha Bowen has worked hard since her time at Eastern Kentucky and her transfer to Central Florida to put herself in a position to run at the Olympics. With Panamanian ancestry, Bowen qualified for the Panamanian National Team and will run the 100m hurdles at the Games.
- * Aug. 16 at 10:05 a.m. (heats)
- * Aug. 17 at 7:45 -7:58 p.m. (semifinals)
- * Aug. 17 at 9:55 p.m. (finals)
Oksana Masters – Team USA Paralympics Road Cycling
Among the 4,000 most talented Paralympic athletes across the globe, Louisville’s Oksana Masters is a three-sport athlete who will be competing in her second Paralympics. She is a graduate of Atherton High and holds an amazing story of growing up in an orphanage in Ukraine and later being adopted by a U of L professor Gay Masters. She was nominated for the 2016 ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
This go-around, Masters will be competing for a medal in road cycling, which is scheduled for Sept. 14-17 (exact times TBD).
Stay tuned for Olympics updates and upcoming details on our second-annual Women In Sports Honors, happening on September 20, as well as our #40and4 campaign!