Reece Whitley Olympic Trials Focus: GMM Presented by

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comEveryone loves Reece Whitley.  Standing 6 feet, 8 inches tall, the media can’t miss the towering Penn Charter phenom, and they love his easy-going, authentic charm.

At 16, older and wiser, Reece is putting more into his training, particularly the weight room,  building muscle mass fast.  He was a little slower than expected at the Atlanta Classic in the 100 and 200 breast, but he attributes the slower swims to being a little tired from the extra work.

From the video above it’s clear Reece is thinking – Make the Olympic Team – which, I think, we all love to hear.  That’s a big hurdle for a talent so young.  I’d like to see him final in the 100 or 200 breast at U.S. Olympic Trials.   I think a fantastic swim in Omaha would be a 4th place finish in the 200 breast, but any experience Reece gets in Omaha bodes well for the future.  While I’d love to see a raw, rapidly rising talent make the men’s U.S. Olympic Team, Reece has many more years in the sport. His career will  hopefully span the 2020 and 2024 Olympics.

What do you think it will take to make the 2016 US Olympic Team in 100m and 200m breaststroke, and what do you think Whitley will clock in those events?  


This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of, a Swimming News website.

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I think he’ll go a :59.8 and make the team in the 100


As impressive as that time would be, I don’t think 59.8 will make the team in the 100.


58.9-59.3 to make the team in 100 BR…
2:07.7-2:08.2 in the 200 BR…

Reece Predictions:
100: 1:00.2 (7th)
200: 2:09.4 (5th)


What a sweet kid….looking forward to many great swims from him. His modesty is refreshing. Keep humble. And Mel, if you needed a second career, you would be great in voice overs. I love your videos ….so easy to watch and listen to.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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