Reece Whitley Drops Mic With 1:52.3 200 BR For New 15-16 NAG Record


16-year-old Reece Whitley was on another level when he stepped up for the 200 breast final at the 2016 U.S. Winter Junior Championships (East). Whitley, a swimmer for the Penn Charter Aquatic Club, ripped a 1:52.37 to set a new 17-18 National Age Group Record. That took over a second off the previous record, which Whitley had set at 1:53.66 in 2015.

When looking at the splits comparison, we can see that a good portion of Whitley’s improvement came on the back half. When he previously set the NAG Record, he came home with a 29.83 on the last 50. Tonight, he was a full second faster on that 50 alone, with a 28.86 final split. He was also about a half second faster on the 2nd 50, lowering that split from a 28.90 to a 28.34.

Splits Comparison:

Swimmer 1st 50 split 2nd 50 split 3rd 50 split 4th 50 split Final Time
Reece Whitley (2016)  25.99  28.34  29.18  28.86 1:52.37
Reece Whitley (2015) 25.82 28.90 29.11 29.83 1:53.66

With that swim, Whitley now heads home with 4 individual gold medals from the meet. Throughout the weekend, he won the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, and 400 IM.

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5 years ago

Glad he rebounded from the 100 breast. He looked pretty obviously disappointed with his swim. Total opposite from his 200 breast.

5 years ago

Great performances for one of the USA’s shining stars.

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