Kelsi Worrell Wins Gold in 100 Fly at Pan Am Games
After a record setting performance in the preliminaries, University of Louisville swimmer Kelsi Worrell came back and won the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly at the Pan American Games in Toronto Thursday night.
Worrell, who won the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly at NCAAs last spring, shattered a Pan American record in the 100-meter fly this morning in prelims with a 54.03, the third fastest time in the world this year. In the finals, she came back with a 57.78 for the gold. She adds it to her silver medal she won the first day of competition in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Kelsi has earned a silver medal as part of the US 400 FS relay (54.02). She also established a new Pan American Games record this morning (57.24) with #3 performance in the world in 2015. She won gold at the finals tonight against a strong field including the top 2 Canadian women (home court advantage).
Joao DeLucca Wins 3 Golds at Pan Am Games
Joao De Lucca took home his second and third gold of the Pan American Games in record setting fashion Wednesday night in Toronto.
The 2013 and 2014 NCAA national champion in the 200-free, De Lucca chased down leader Federico Grabich at the 150 to win in 1:46.42. His time beat the Pan Am Games record of 1:47.18 set by Brett Fraser back in 2011. He also reset Thiago Pereira’s South American and Brazilian record of 1:46.57 set at the 2009 World Championships. The time ranks him ninth in the world rankings as of today’s date.
The Cardinal alum also swam the second leg of the 800-free relay tonight, giving his native country the lead at the halfway point as his teammates combined for a 7:11.15 which is another Pan American record, his second of the night and third of the games.
Two other Cardinals competed tonight as well. Rising sophomore Carlos Claverie was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke with a 2:13.22 in the A-final for Venezuela.
In the B-final of the 200-freestyle, rising sophomore Marcel Acosta, finished third with a time of 1:50.95
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