Reece Whitley long had the pedigree, and the backstory, to portend swimming success. He realized it at the U.S. Championships this week.
The 6-foot-9 19-year-old made his first career summer nationals finals in Palo Alto, Calif. He won the 200m breaststroke and finished third in the 100m breast with personal-best times to establish himself as a contender for the 2020 Olympic team.
â€œI havenâ€™t been as fast as I wanted to be the past couple of years,â€ said Whitley, who broke 23 national age-group records through high school before matriculating at Cal last year. â€œI feel like Iâ€™ve always been on the outside looking in.â€
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