Reece Whitley Sets 13-14 200 Breaststroke Age Group Record

While record have been falling left and right at the Speedo Winter Junior National Championships, there is some very fast swimming at the final night of the 2013 Tom Dolan Invitational.

13-year-old (yes, 13-year-old) Reece Whitley of Penn Charter Aquatic Club crushed the 13-14 National Age Group record in the 200 yard breaststroke, touching in 2:00.14.  The record (2:01.17) was previously held by Curtis Ogren, tonight’s Junior National champion down in Greensboro.

Split breakdown:

Whitley: 26.96 – 30.35 (57.31) – 31.38 (1:28.69) – 31.45 (2:00.14)

Keep in mind Whitley hasn’t come out of nowhere: he also holds the 11-12 National Age Group records in the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes, and briefly held the 13-14 record before Michael Andrew reclaimed it last night. With another full season in the 13-14 age group, Whitley has plenty of time to further lower that mark, and possibly retake the 100 record from Andrew.

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SMASH. I got nothing else.


How tall is he?


Last year at age 12, he said he was 6’4″….. so maybe big.


He’s closer to 6’7″ now. Absolutely incredible swim I still
have goosebumps


already 6’7″ and still 13 yo???

I feel like a hobbit now.


As far as i know , Matt Grevers with his 6’7″+ is probably the tallest swimmer in the Usa right now . 6’7″ for Him at age 13 is utterly insane but will be very helpfull on LC meters most probably . Great swims by a lot of very young swimmers this year . Impressive , Love it

The European/Cal breaststroker is 6’10ish… so there is some precedence for tall breastrokers… but this kid seems WAY more fluid. It’s blowing my mind to watch the video again.


Yes, he is a big kid but so is Michael Andrew, 6’4+. I watched Reese swim the 400im, he still looks like a puppy growing into his body. He could be something special ,especially in long course.

bobo gigi

And in terms of fluidity, Hulkswim, watch the races of 12-year-old Destin Lasco. He isn’t tall but what a talent. It looks so effortless. I’m really impressed by his technique. Beautiful to watch.

bobo gigi

Hulk Swim, do you talk about Dugonjic? Yes, he’s very tall and swims like a beast with much power. Not the greatest model of fluidity.

Yes. Basically, what I’m saying is that it’s not unprecedented that a 6’9″ plus athlete be elite… but that Whitley has a lot more grace than those before him.


What’s great is that his stroke count was an average of 5 per length.. 4-5-5-5-5-5-5-6 (by 25’s).

That is scary

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