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Kelsi Worrell: Card Chronicle's 2015 Person of the Year

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Thanks to a dramatic surge in the final hours of voting, U of L swimming sensation Kelsi Worrell is Card Chronicle's 2015 Person of the Year. Worrell edged out Cardinal volleyball star Katie George to become the first female winner in the long and prestigious history of the award.

With a record number of votes cast, here's how it ended up shaking out:

Kelsi Worrell - 2,676 (37%)
Katie George - 2,233 (31%)
Rick Pitino - 1,242 (17%)
Dan McDonnell - 512 (7%)
The Fans - 401 (6%)
Frankie Hughes - 203 (3%)

There aren't many athletic programs in the country who can claim a world record owner, but UofL swimming and diving is one of them. On Dec. 12, Worrell was part of a 400-Medley Relay team that combined for a World Record time of 3:45.20. That same day, the Cardinal set an American record in the 100-fly, one of the two events (the 200-butterfly being the other) in which she claimed an NCAA championship in 2015.

Worrell now joins this illustrious list of former CCPOY winners:

2007 - Tom Jurich
2008 - David Padgett
2009 - Vacant 
2010 - Charlie Strong
2011 - Charlie Strong and Preston Knowles (tie)
2012 - Tom Jurich
2013 - Teddy Bridgewater
2014 - Russ Smith
2015 - Kelsi Worrell

Congratulations to Kelsi and thanks to all who voted.