Whitley Announces Verbal Commit to Berkeley
Reece Whitley, Penn Charter Class of 2018 and the top-ranked high school swimming recruit in the country, has verbally committed to the University of California, Berkeley.
Whitley made the announcement on his Twitter page over the weekend.
Whitley, of Lafayette Hill, participated at the Eastern Invitational Swimming Championships at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster in February. There, the then-Penn Charter junior broke a national record in the 100-meter breaststroke. Whitley, a breaststroke specialist, swam the event in 52.35 seconds, beating the previous time of 52.65.
Then, later that night, Whitley swam it again in 51.84 seconds to break his own record.
According to SwimSwam.com, Whitley was a semifinalist at the 2016 Olympic Trials in both breaststroke events, “placing 13th and 14th overall respectively and gaining valuable experience.”
Whitley will continue to gain valuable experience when he matriculates at Cal, a swim program known nationally for attracting top talent at the prep level.
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