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|Birth name||Kelsi Worrell|
|Born||July 15, 1994
Westampton Township, New Jersey, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|College team||University of Louisville|
Kelsi Worrell Dahlia (born July 15, 1994) is an American competition swimmer who specializes in butterfly and freestyle events. She currently represents the Cali Condors which is part of the International Swimming League. She qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 100-meter butterfly and won a gold medal in the 4 x 100-meter medley relay for swimming in the heats.
Born in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, Worrell grew up in Westampton Township, New Jersey where she swam for Jersey Storm Swimming and Tarnsfield Swim Club her whole childhood. She attended Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, where she graduated as part of the class of 2012.
She is married to Thomas Dahlia.
As a senior at Louisville, she won the Honda Sports Award in the swimming & diving category in 2016.
At the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, she won the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly.
Worrell holds the American record in the 100-yard butterfly. At the NCAA finals in March 2015, she broke the 13-year-old record held by Natalie Coughlin, and became the first woman to break 50 seconds in the event. In March 2016, she improved her record to 49.43 s.
At the Duel in the Pool meeting in December 2015, Worrell broke the world record in the 4×100 meter medley relay (short course) together with her teammates Courtney Bartholomew, Katie Meili, and Simone Manuel.
2016 Summer Olympics
- See also: Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics
At the US Olympic Swimming Trials, Worrell placed first in the 100-meter butterfly and qualified for the US Olympic team.
In Rio de Janeiro, Worrell placed 4th in the heats of the 100-meter butterfly but failed to qualify for the finals after finishing 9th in the semi-finals. She won a gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay for swimming in the prelims.
International Swimming League
In 2019 she was a member of the inaugural International Swimming League representing the Cali Condors, who finished third place in the final match in Las Vegas, Nevada in December. Dahlia won the 100-meter butterfly at the final beating world record holder Sarah Sjostrom for the second time of the season.
2019 World Championships
Dahlia won one gold and two silver medals competing for Team USA at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships. She swam the butterfly leg of the 4×100 meter medley final in which USA won gold with a world-record time of 3:50.40. She won silver for a preliminary heat in the 4×100 meter mixed medley and a silver in the 4×100 meter freestyle final, setting an American record with a time of 3:31.02.
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