Reece Whitley: New Kid Towering Over The U.S. Blocks, 15, 6ft 8, Sights Set On Olympics

Brendan Hansen made the London 2012 podium but his wish was for the US to develop the next wave, like Reece Whitley [Images: USA Swimming, Craig Lord and ragout from Philly.com]

Reece Whitley stands a towering 6-foot-8 and weighs in at 235 pounds, with plenty of room for muscle available once the youngster gets more involved with the weight room. He’s 15 – and his sights are set on the Olympics. Rio 2016? “…goals are goals and if the opportunity presents itself, then why not go after it?”

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Reece Whitley stands a towering 6-foot-8 and weighs in at 235 pounds, with plenty of room for muscle available once the youngster gets more involved with the weight room. He’s 15 – and his sights are set on the Olympics. Rio 2016? “…goals are goals and if the opportunity presents itself, then why not go after it?”

Comments

So Cal Swimmer

Exciting!!!! The future could very well be now! Yeah!

Jojob

I’m a Reece Whitley fan. I’ll be rooting for him. I wonder if/when he might end up in a race with Michael Andrew. Andrew is only about 9 months older and recently nailed a 15-16 NAG of 1:01.67 in the 100m Breaststroke.

Cassidy Bayer is another 15 year old to watch and cheer for. I’m sure she’s also dreaming of Rio as she trains for her butterfly events.

aswimfan

It is rare to have someone so tall and so talented like him committed to swimming. Basketball would normally be their first choice of sport (hello Kris Humphries..! who I think still hold a NAG record)

I hope he stays in swimming.. Will he be the first male breastroker in ages to revolutionize the stroke WRs?

Blah

Interesting that he is a breaststroker.. with that height I would think he would have more potential in the other strokes?

Craig Lord

I wondered about that, too, blah. Popov was 17 when he was turned from back to free… and by 19 he was Olympic champion… you never know…

Swim Dad

I was fortunate enough to see my son swim against Reece this year. Both are incredible athletes.
Wishing Reece the best of luck in Olympic Trials…

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