Everyone 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?
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