14-year old Reece Whitley has broken Michael Andrew’s 13-14 National Age Group Record in the men’s 100 long course meter breaststroke, swimming a 1:03.82 on Friday at the 2014 Middle Atlantic LC Championships.
Andrew’s old record was 1:03.83, meaning Whitley cleared the mark by .01 seconds.
This is Whitley’s second record of the meet, after he swam a 2:16.48 in the 200 on Wednesday.
Andrew’s swim came at the Austin Grand Prix earlier this year, and before that Anthony Robinson held the record from 1994 at 1:04.74. Now two swimmers have gone under the mark in just 7 months.
Andrew’s splits (old record) – 30.28 – 33.55 = 1:03.83
Whitley’s splits (new record) – 30.46 – 33.36 – 1:03.82
The two swims were split very similarly. Andrew was a little quicker on the front-half, and Whitley on the back, but the splits were close enough to call it a match.
While things will change with junior nationals and nationals in the coming weeks, that puts Whitley 52nd in the country in 2014, among swimmers of every age, in this event.