The trend toward taller breaststrokers is becoming ever-more present even in the youth ranks. First it was Michael Andrew (at 6’1+) taking down 11-12 breaststroke records, and now it’s Reece Whitley (at 6’3) going after them.
In the 12 & under 200 yard breaststroke final, the Penn Charter swimmer blew away his competition at the Tom Dolan Invitational today in prelims by 19 seconds, swimming a 2:09.40 for the win. That was more than a second better than his 2:10.47 set just before Thanksgiving.
Whitley’s splits were 29.59, 32.88, 33.56, 33.37, hardly showing any signs of fatigue over 200 yards. The second-closest 11-12 ever to Whitley is Andrew at a 2:13.33 – nearly a four second gap. That’s a shocking margin, especially considering that until Andrew, nobody had been better than a 2:15 in half-a-decade in this event.
Whitley in finals also has a chance at Andrew’s 50 record; his 28.26 from prelims puts him 3rd all-time on the 11-12 list with a still-distance 27.46 being the target.