Reece Whitley Talks Taper Time, Staying Honest with Training (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland.


  • PSS Record: 58.86, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2017
  1. Michael Andrew, Race Pace Club, 59.79
  2. Devon Nowicki, Michigan Lakeshore, 1:00.00
  3. Reece Whitley, Penn Charter Aquatics, 1:00.78

The boys in the 100 breast really stepped up with some fast swims, as the top-3 finishers all swam their fastest of the season, and the top-2 went lifetime bests.

Devon Nowicki of Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics dropped a personal best this morning in 1:01.02, and really took out the final hard, actually beating Michael Andrew to the 50m wall in 27.43 to Andrew’s 27.47. Uncharacteristically, Andrew came back on Nowicki, closing in 32.32 to touch in a time of 59.79, lowering his personal best of 59.82 from 2016.

Nowicki went 1:00.00, making him the 3rd fastest American this year behind only Andrew Wilson and M.A., while Reece Whitley dipped under 1:01 for the first time this year in 1:00.78 for 3rd. Evgenii Somov of Louisville also had an impressive showing in 1:01.18 for 4th, his fastest swim ever outside a championship-level meet.

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4 years ago

I’m not sure about it will take alot faster than 59.7 to make A final in two weeks…

Coach Jim
Reply to  Maverick
4 years ago

Swimmers who agree with you have a good chance of being left out of the final.

Reply to  Maverick
4 years ago

1:00:50 will be enough

bobo gigi
4 years ago

We’ll see the best of him when he will go to Cal and will train much more in long course. So far he almost never trains in long course.
I’m curious to see if they plan to make him a breaststroke specialist or a more versatile swimmer. Big IM potential in my opinion.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

By the time he is a senior I want to see him swim the 100 yard breast entirely underwater. Okay 1 stroke a lap just to get a rhythm into the turn

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I agree, I think he could be a great IMer. I’m sure Durden and co. see that too. The breaststrokes are already pretty stacked in the US, but I could see the 200 IM having several guys right around 1:55 by the time Tokyo Trials roll around in two years. Should be a very competitive race.

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