Reece Whitley Discusses New 200 IM Record (Video)

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Tonight during finals of day one at the 2016 Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships young breaststroke all-star Reece Whitley of William Penn Charter took down the eighteen-year-old meet record in the men’s 200 IM and also nabbed the pool record.

The former record of 1:48.10 was set by Nick Kaschik in 1998. During prelims Whitley gently cruised to a final time of 1:51.39 putting a new meet record well into perspective.

Swimming World was on hand to not only capture the race, but also got the chance to catch up with Whitley after finals to talk about the race.

With the mention of this morning’s 1:51 Whitley noted that he felt shocked that he turned in as quick a time as he did because he was only two days rested. Despite the lack of taper the ever-humble Whitley praised the atmosphere of his team and the joyous feeling of competition from battling for the top relay spot with Peddie.

Catching Swimming World publisher Brent Rutemiller off guard was the phrase “baby phase” when discussing all strokes but breaststroke. When asked to clarify what he meant Whitley noted that his 200 IM was still developing as he works to become known as more than just a breaststroker.

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    Bill V.

    Congratulations to Reece Whitley.
    The former record is worthy of note.
    Nick Kaschik, Peddie, 1:48.10, 2/1/1998
    Nick was a walking medical miracle. Before Peddie, he had viral meninges encephalitis, an infection of the lining of the brain, and lost a significant amount of his memory. He was unforgettable, though.
    Sadly, Nick passed away in 2011 at age 33.

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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