Worrell Wins Olympic Gold in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay

Worrell Wins Olympic Gold in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay

(Cover photo credit: Louisville Athletics)

Nancy Worley

University of Louisville swimmer Kelsi Worrell won an Olympic gold medal for the United States as part of the women’s 4 x 100 medley relay team Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro.

In yesterday’s prelims, Worrell swam the butterfly leg with a split of 56.47 and the team’s 3:54.67  seeded the USA top for the final.

The final foursome of Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel combined for a 3:53.13 for the gold. It came down to a race for the silver and bronze between Australia, Denmark, China, and Canada. The Australians edged the rest of the field with a combined time of 3:55.00. Denmark took the bronze with a time of 3:55.01.

Worrell, a four time NCAA Champion and Honda Cup Award winner, is the first Louisville Cardinal to win a swimming medal of any color.