Reece Whitley Scratches His Only Event at US Nationals: 100 Breast on Day 4

2022 U.S. National Championships

Friday morning heat sheets

For the most part, it will be all present and accounted for in the circle-seeded heats of the women’s and men’s 400 free, 100 breast, and 100 back on Friday morning at the U.S. National Championships in Irvine. The only top American top-24 seeded swimmer who has scratched out of a Day 4 event is Reece Whitley. The Cal grad was only entered in the 100 breast at Irvine, and he has opted out.

The other circle-seeded men’s swimmer to drop a prelims event is Charlie Hawke of Australia in the 400 free. He had been seeded sixth with 3:50.84. Hawke also scratched the 200 fly and 200 free earlier in the week.

Australia’s Mia O’Leary scratched prelims of the 100 breast, where she had been seeded 11th (1:08.74). O’Leary swam both prelims and finals of the 100 free on Tuesday but scratched the 100 fly and 200 free on Wednesday and Thursday. Teammate Abbey Webb pulled out of the 100 back on Friday. She was seeded 19th (1:01.37). Webb swam in prelims of the 100 free and 100 fly but did not make finals in either event.

There are no scratches among the top 24 seeds in the women’s 400 free. American record-holder Katie Ledecky did not enter the event. She told SwimSwam that she planned to swim the 200 fly and 200 IM in the time trial session between prelims and finals on Friday, instead.

Scratches, Day Four Prelims

Women’s 400 Free

  • None

Men’s 400 Free

  • #6 *Hawke, Charlie 19 Australia-US 3:50.84

Women’s 100 Breast

  • #11 *O’Leary, Mia 19 Australia-US 1:08.74

Men’s 100 Breast

  • #20 Whitley, Reece 22 Una Cal-PC 1:01.98 $

Women’s 100 Back

  • #19 *Webb, Abbey 21 Australia-US 1:01.37

Men’s 100 Back

  • None


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7 months ago

Is he done? I also feel like a change may be good for him… Minnesota or IU?

7 months ago

Are time trial results available via Omega or elsewhere online?

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
7 months ago

Meet mobile but requires subscription

7 months ago

I remember when people criticized Michael Andrew so much, saying Reece was so much better than him…
Lets compare both careers now? They are almost the same age

Coach Tom
Reply to  GrameziPT
7 months ago

It looks to me as though they’ve both done extremely well for themselves.

Reply to  GrameziPT
7 months ago

Reece probably needs a change. Go train with the IU breaststrokers

Reply to  GrameziPT
7 months ago

Ok, but this comment was not necessary. They have different paths. Reese is an academic scholar – he will go on to grad school and be just fine in his career. MA is making a career out of swimming.

Reply to  N H
7 months ago

More or less necessary than the literal thousands of comments in the past decade criticizing Michael’s academic and career choices? I must’ve missed your “not necessary” comments then.

This is a pretty fair swimming-based critique, IMO. Nothing personal about it.

Reply to  GrameziPT
7 months ago

I don’t think it went down as you described. People were always critical of MA but Reece for the most part was his own person separate from the MA circus

Reply to  Taa
7 months ago

Archive this and come back in 10 years to see who is more successful

My $ is on RW.

7 months ago

He’s not even at the meet… great article

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Swimterry
7 months ago

Probably a good reason to scratch!

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Swimterry
7 months ago

where is he, your house?

Reply to  Steve Nolan
7 months ago

“Is Reece in the room with us now?”

Reply to  DCSwim
7 months ago

You made me spit out my coffee.

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