Californian Reece Whitley was named Pac-12 Men’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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FEDERAL ROUTE, wash. – CALIFORNIA senior Reece Whitley was named Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference bureau announced today. The award, presented in each of the 24 Pac-12-sponsored sports, was created to honor college student-athletes who excel both academically and in their sporting discipline.

Whitley, a breaststroke and medley swimmer from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, is studying business and has an overall GPA of 3,497. The senior is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American First Team Selection (2019-21) and two-time Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll Selection (2020, 2021). He has also received 14 CSCAA All-America honors in his first three seasons.

Whitley, 2019 Pac-12 Novice Swimman of the Year, is a nine-time Pac-12 Champion who has won four career individual events and five relay events while also being a key member of the Golden Bears’ three consecutive Pac-12 Team titles of 2019 -2021. He had two top-3 finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke (third), 200-yard breaststroke (runner-up) at the 2021 NCAA championships and owns three California school records in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, and 400-yard medley relay. Whitley currently owns the NCAA’s third-fastest times in the 200-yard breaststroke and fifth-fastest in the 100-yard breaststroke for the 2021-22 season. Last season, Whitley swam the NCAA’s fastest 200-meter breaststroke in 1:48.53.

For the United States national team, he won the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships before placing 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2021 US Olympic Swimming Trials.

Whitley was selected to represent the prestigious Haas School of Business in the National Diversity Case Competition during the 2021-2022 season and serves on the Council of USA Swimming in Aquatics Black Leadership Coalition (Team BLAC)developed as part of a long-term plan of action to provide USA Swimming employees and swim leaders with expertise and strategic guidance related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

To qualify for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in terms of athletics eligibility) at the track to receive a degree, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and participate in at least 50 percent of scheduled competitions in the sport and be a resident of the institution for at least one year. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one person per sport, and winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 employees at the end of each sport’s regular season. The athletic achievements of the nominees are taken into account when voting for the award.

A Scholar-Athlete of the Year is recognized in each of the 24 Pac-12-sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s cross-country, women’s cross-country, soccer, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Rowing, Women’s Rowing, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s Swim & Diving, Women’s Swim & Diving, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Athletics, Women’s Athletics, women’s volleyball and wrestling. The award was first launched in the 2007/08 academic year.

ALSO NOMINATED: Daniel Namir, Arizona; Mason Gonzalez, Stanford; Victor Johansson, USC.

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