Heilman Obliterates 200 Fly NAG, His 13th in 11 Days

by Emma Edmund 21

December 11th, 2021 News, Records



  • Meet Record: Luca Urlando – 1:40.91 (2018)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Thomas Heilman (CA) – 1:43.97
  2. Sebastien Sergile (SA) – 1:45.70
  3. Gibson Holmes (RAYS) – 1:45.83
  4. Aaron Shackell (CSC) – 1:45.87
  5. Carl Bloebaum (RAYS) – 1:45.99
  6. Henry McFadden (JW) – 1:46.61
  7. Tate Bacon (UN-NC) – 1:46.77
  8. Liam Custer (SYS) – 1:47.02

Thomas Heilman broke yet another National Age Group Record in the 200 fly, his 13th in 11 days.

Heilman crushed the 13-14 NAG with his time of 1:43.97. He crushed Michael Andrew’s record of 1:45.39, set back in 2014. Heilman’s time ranks him first heading into Saturday’s finals, ahead of Sebastien Sergile and Gibson Holmes.

Heilman’s Splits Andrew’s Splits
23.38 22.97
26.79 26.47
27.07 27.40
26.73 28.55

Though Heilman began his race a little slower than Andrew, he was better able to hold on through the end, swimming a faster back-half than Andrew. He also has finals to try and lower his time even more.

Heilman has been on a tear the past couple of weeks. If breaking 13 NAGs in under two weeks isn’t a record, then it’s got to be close. Notably, he received a DFS (declared false start) in the 100 free and was disqualified, so his only chance at a NAG today came in the 200 fly, unless he leads off the 400 free relay and gets another chance at the 100.

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marianne answeeney
2 years ago

I don’t see any Woman’s 200 Fly ! They swam great also!

Reply to  marianne answeeney
2 years ago

Hi Marianne, we do full recaps of each meet, and then highlight things like national records in separate articles.

You can see the full recap here: https://swimswam.com/speedo-winter-junior-championships-east-day-4-prelims-live-recap/

2 years ago

This young man is so fast for his age that it’s hard to believe. Anyone know how tall he is? His times are mind boggling as he breaks NAG after NAG after NAG. 13 NAG records in 11 days and maybe more to come. Aye carumba!

2 years ago

This has to be the greatest run of age group swimming in the history of the sport. He’s obliterating record essentially jumping an entire age class.

Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

He turned 15 during the meet.

Reply to  yardfan
2 years ago

He still has awhile at 14, I don’t know where you’re getting your information…

Reply to  yardfan
2 years ago

He turns 15 in March

Chlorine daddy
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Have you ever heard of David Popovici ?

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2 years ago


2 years ago

How fast is he going to go tonight?! 1:41?

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  ReneDescartes
2 years ago

That’s pretty quick. I think it will be at least 2 more weeks, maybe even 3 weeks before he swims a 1:41. The funny thing is I’m joking here, but part of me thinks, hey, maybe it will happen!

2 years ago

This one is mind blowing

It’s also prelims

2 years ago

Closed in. 26.7 at 14 years old 😳

Hoosier Daddy
2 years ago

Cool, now beat Brendan Burns and I will be impressed!

Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
2 years ago

I think Brendan was 1:48 or 1:49 at 14 if I remember correctly so he already has.

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2 years ago


Mr. Pack
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
2 years ago

BUM! Bloomington is full of BUMS. Should rename it BUMington.

2 years ago

I laughed out loud when I saw the headline. Absolutely remarkable! I hope he’s having a great time at the meets in addition to having these great times in the water.