The finals session for the first ‘half’ of the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships (“Easterns”) concluded tonight at LaSalle College in Philadelphia.
The meet is competed in by a group of elite private high school and college preparatory institutions in the Northeastern United States, many of whom have long and prestigious swimming histories.
Among the notable swimmers at the meet is teenage breaststroking phenom, Reece Whitley. After splitting 23.85 on breaststroke during his Penn Charter squad’s 200y medley relay prelim race, Whitley followed up with a 23.93 effort in the evening session, contributing to his team’s overall time of 1:33.17. The mark improved on their morning swim by .15 of a second, but still fell short of the top seeded Peddie Aquatics’ squad, who took the meet title in a time of 1:32.85.
Whitley really made his presence known tonight in the final of the men’s 200 IM, where the 15-year-old raced to a new personal best of 1:47.55. Coming into the meet, Whitley’s best time was the 1:47.95 he clocked last December, so he was able to improve upon that swim by half a second, while also setting a new meet record in the process.
30.64 was the big man’s breaststroke split on tonight’s 200 IM race, which was actually slightly slower than his prelim effort (30.41). The biggest time drops came in the opening fly 50 where his morning split was 24.30 to tonight’s 23.34, as well as his freestyle leg. Whitley closed in 27.54 this morning, but 26.15 tonight.
Prelims continue tomorrow at 8am.