Meet the amazing NJ swimmer who could be heading to Rio

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New Jersey native Kelsi Worrell, 21, is on track to possibly represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to, the talented swimmer “is one of the rising stars on a team that, as usual, will dominate TV coverage early in the Games.” Kelsi holds the American record in the 100-yard butterfly and “hopes to qualify in four events at the trials — 100- and 200-meter fly and the 50- and 100-meter freestyle.”

Kelsi, who graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly in 2012, recently announced a sponsorship deal with TYR Sports.

She is currently taking part in the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, where on Sunday night she won her semifinal in the 100-meter butterfly, earning her bragging rights as the second fastest American for that category. According to the Courier-Journal, Kelsi will compete in the final Monday night. Of her performance, she said, “I was really just trying to be relaxed (in the semifinal). I’m really interested to see how it compares to the morning swim, but it was my second-best time ever.”

Here’s what she had to say following her victory Sunday.