|Full name||Ashley Ann Whitney|
|Born||August 21, 1979|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||123 lb (56 kg)|
|College team||University of Georgia;|
University of Florida;
University of California, Berkeley
She was born in Nashville, Tennessee. For high school, she attended the Bolles School, a private prep school in Jacksonville, Florida, where she swam for coach Gregg Troy's Bolles high school swim team, a program with a reputation for producing future international swimmers and Olympians. She graduated from the Bolles School in 1998.
Whitney initially attended the University of Georgia, where she was a member of coach Jack Bauerle's Georgia Bulldogs swimming and diving team in 1999—Georgia's first NCAA national championship team. She later transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she finished her college career swimming for coach Teri McKeever's Cal Bears women's swimming and diving team.