Swimming From Home Talk Show: 15-Year-Old Jacob Whittle on Keeping His Head

We are all trying to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic as best we can. Staying at home and not socializing is not an easy task for anyone, and keeping a swimmer out of the pool is equally antagonizing. Therefore, SwimSwam is starting the Swimming From Home Talk Show, where host Coleman Hodges speaks with the swimming community about how they’re coping with our current goggle-less reality.

Jacob Whittle had a breakout summer last year, becoming one of the fastest age-group swimmers in history by breaking 50 seconds in the 100m free at age 14. Now 15, Jacob was training hard for the upcoming British Olympic Trials, which have now been postponed. This was a lot for Jacob to take in, but he explained that after last summer, he’s had a lot of practice keeping a level head, not getting too excited or too down about any one thing. He also shared a few things that have helped him keep an even keel, including talking with his coach, interacting with schoolmates, and gardening.

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1 year ago

My son, Niko (from Croatia), did 1:48:43 on 200 freestyle, on SC.
He so only Jacob was faster (born 2004) in the World.
New generation is coming… Se you soon Jacob.

Colt Simonelli
2 years ago

He has a real chance for a prelims (maybe finals) spot in the 4*100 in Tokyo. He’ll be 48 low or mid by then. Will likely be 4th or 5th.

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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