Penn Charter junior Reece Whitley put together another monster swim in the 100 breast, breaking the National Independent High School and overall High School Records for the 2nd time in a day. During prelims at the 2017 Eastern Championships, an elite meet for private school swimmers in the northeastern United States, Whitley smashed the record with a 52.35. He took it up a notch in finals, cracking the 52-second barrier to win in 51.84.
Whitley’s Splits By 50:
- 1st 50- 24.75
- 2nd 50- 27.09
- Final Time- 51.84
Throughout the day, Whitley has lowered the National Independent High School Record by over a full second. Before his record-breaking prelims swim, that record was a 52.92 done by Creighton Prep’s Jacob Molacek at the 2014 Nebraska state meet. He also took nearly a second off the overall National High School Record. That record previously stood at a 52.65 done by Avon High School’s Chandler Bray at the Indiana state meet in 2016.
Whitley’s time is not only lightning fast for a junior swimmer. It’s good enough to compete with the best of the best. His 51.84 would’ve placed 3rd in the championship final at the 2016 NCAA meet.