Louisville Cardinals Get 2023 Verbal Pledge From U.S. Open Qualifier Jordan Kelly

NEW COMMIT: The University of Louisville has received a new verbal commitment for its Class of 2027 from U.S. Open qualifier Jordan Kelly of Rockville, Maryland.

He will join Grant Gooding in The Ville at the start of the 2023-24 season.

Regarding his commitment, he said:

“I’ve given it a long hard thought, but I am very excited to officially announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of Louisville for the class of 2023. I would like to thank my sister @chacemkelly77_cosplays@abbybkelly , @timothy.kelly.58910049 , Kyle, Ian, Andy, Mary, Karine , @_dory , @donotwins , @jplswims , Tammy, Pete, @coachjess98 , Chris, John, Robby, Kelly, Bruce, Tom, Kevin, Patrick, @srhinehart93 , Derick, Dan, @ericabeine , @nikkipkett , @ironstrengthathletic , @totaltechniquetraining_t3 , Josh, extended family, @crosebelle , @cvstswimming , @tomsullivanjr , teachers, teammates and friends. I am so fortunate and grateful for all the people who have helped me along this journey. It truly takes a village. Go Cards!”

Kelly, a breaststroker, trains year-round with Nations Capital Swim Club and placed seventh in the 100 breast at the NCSA Championships last month while also registering five additional top-16 finishes. He raced to 14th place in the 200m breast at the Toyota U.S. Open last December, too.

His best times include:

  • 50 breast – 25.54
  • 100 breast – 54.75
  • 200 breast – 1:58.84
  • 200 IM – 1:49.09
  • 400 IM – 3:55.51

Currently a junior at Thomas S. Wootten High School, Kelly finished second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 breast at the 2022 Maryland State Championships.

Louisville is coming off another successful season, finishing second in the team standings at ACCs before taking 12th at NCAAs.

History was made in 2021 for the Cardinals as the program won their first-ever ACC title, snapping NC State’s then six-year streak by two points. Louisville also won the first NCAA relay title in program history in the 200 medley relay, and Nick Albiero became the fifth individual NCAA champion for UofL a season ago.

Albiero was recently named ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Year for the second year in a row.

If you have a commitment to share, please send a photo and quote via email to hs@swimmingworld.com.