Reece Whitley Continues To Astound In 200 Breast, Lowering National Age Group Mark Again

LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 16. CONTINUING to show amazing potential in the 200 long course breaststroke as a 14-year-old, Reece Whitley lowered his own 13-14 national age group record in the event tonight to an unfathomable 2:16.48.

Whitely’s time won the event at the Middle Atlantic senior championships over 19-year-old Michael McBryan and his 2:18.36. Whitley already owned the mark with a 2:19.74 from the TYR Bolles Summer Invitational on June 29, where he had spent a few weeks training with the Bolles School Sharks. It would appear the training is paying off. Before the June 29 swim, Whitley’s best time was 2:23.45 from 2013.

In comparing splits from his previous swim, it appears Whitley had much more in the tank tonight in the final 100 meters:

June 29 (100 splits only available): 1:06.59, 1:13.15
July 16: 1:06.50, 1:09.98
(50-meter splits: 32.32, 34.18, 35.24, 34.74)

With Whitley winding down his final long course season in the 13-14 age group (he turns 15 in February), he’s already putting a scare into Matt Elliott’s 2:14.67, which stands as the national age group record for the 15-16 age group.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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