Reece Whitley Takes Back National High School Record in 100 Breast

After setting one National Independent High School Record in the 200 IM on Friday, Penn Charter swimmer Reece Whitley got another one in the 100 breaststroke. This time it was not only an Independent High School Record, but an (unofficial) overall high school record as well.

That record was less than 24 hours old at that – Max McHugh from the Sturgeon Bay Co-Op in Wisconsin, who on Friday evening in prelims of the Wisconsin Division 2 state championship meet swam a 51.62. That in turn broke Whitley’s record of 51.84 done last year at this meet.

All that to say: Whitley now holds the National Independent High School Record and the overall high school record in the 100 yard breaststroke in 51.16, while McHugh holds the National Public School Record in 51.62.

Whitley also emerges with the USA Swimming 17-18 National Age Group Record as well.

Split comparisons, both to Whitley’s previous best swim, his previous high school best swim, and McHugh’s Friday-night effort.

1st 50 2nd 50 Total Time
Whitley previous PB 24.67 27.14 51.81
Whitley previous HS PB 24.75 27.09 51.84
Whitley New Record 24.83 26.33 51.16
McHugh Public School Record 24.30 27.32 51.62

What really jumps out is that Whitley actually had a relatively-slow (by his standards) opening 50, but roared with a monstrous back-half that was .99 seconds faster than McHugh. For comparison, Whitley is 4 seconds faster than McHugh over 200 yards.

Watch a video of Whitley’s record-breaking swim below, courtesy Andrew Helber:



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Fly him to SEC’s, need to see him and Dressel head to head, winner takes all


Reece is a speacilist swimmer but Dressel can swim anything under the sun.

samuel huntington

Reece is more than a specialist, fantastic 200 and 400 IMs and rapidly improving in other events like 200 free and 200 fly


It used to seem like Dressel was a specialist swimmer too. That was wrong, and Reece isn’t either. Not that there is anything wrong with being a specialist on the order of say, Adam Peaty.

Sir Swimsalot

On a similar note, no way Dressel beats Peaty in LCM. Absolutely no way.

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