Reece Whitley Crushes 15-16 200 Breast National Age Group Mark

May 15, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Reece Whitley swims the 100 LC Meter Breastroke during the finals at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn Charter 15-year-old Reece Whitley crushed the 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record in the men’s 200-meter breast at the Arena Pro Swim Series Charlotte.

Whitley demolished the 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record with a stunning fourth-place time of 2:12.92.

That swim downed the previous record of 2:14.67 set by Matthew Elliott back in 2009.

Whitley now owns the 13-14 100 breast (1:03.23) and 200 breast (2:16.48) long course records, and is battling professional swimmer Michael Andrew (1:01.67) for the final 15-16 breaststroke mark in their age group.

Meanwhile, California’s Josh Prenot put up a lifetime best in the men’s 200-meter breast for the win.

Prenot threw down a top time of 2:09.30 for the win, cutting a second off his personal best and moving to sixth in the world.

Only Yasuhiro Koseki (2:07.77), Adam Peaty (2:08.34), Andrew Willis (2:0.59), Ross Murdoch (2:08.90) and Ilya Khomenko (2:08.98) have been faster this year.

Badger’s Cody Miller, who is ranked 13th in the world with a 2:10.28 from the Orlando stop, took second in 2:11.63.  Nic Fink picked up the bronze medal with a time of 2:11.75.

Carlos Claverie (2:14.64), Richard Funk (2:15.87), Thomas Dahlia (2:17.89) and Chase Kalisz (2:18.66) closed out the finale.

Top-ranked Thiago Pereira elected to scratch finals even with a 2:14.58 for the top time.

Jorge Murillo Valdes touched first in the consolation heat with a time of 2:15.35.


  • Women’s 200 fly
  • Men’s 200 fly
  • Women’s 50 free
  • Men’s 50 free
  • Women’s 100 back
  • Men’s 100 back
  • Women’s 200 breast
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Women’s 50 fly
  • Men’s 50 fly
  • Women’s 400 free
  • Men’s 400 free





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