On Friday, Reece Whitley broke the National Age Group Record in the 100 meter breaststroke, and thanks to the quick hands of Michael Gobrecht, above we’ve posted the last 75 meters of that race.
Whitley’s final time of 1:03.82 cleared Michael Andrew’s old mark of 1:03.83, which begs for a stroke comparison between the two. In one of the hallmarks of USRPT-driven technique, Andrew is much lower to the water in his breaststroke than Whitley is. Whitley still stays fairly low to the water, though his posture is more upright when he begins his recovery. Both have very fluid motions, with no discernible hitch on the back-half of their stroke.
Whitley’s technique is much more leg-driven than is Andrew’s and includes a much bigger glide, though again that’s exactly what one would expect with the different philosophies.
As an aside, this editor would like to point out how deft Mr. Gobrecht was with his camera. Besides a steady hand, at the turn end, capturing the splits without losing the shot was masterful. Well done.
See Andrew’s breaststroke here.
Read more about Whitley’s record-breaking swim here.