NC State Nabs #10 in Class of 2023, Bolles Breaststroker Will Heck

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Jacksonville, Florida’s Will Heck has announced his verbal commitment to North Carolina State University for the 2023-24 school year and beyond.

“It is with great pleasure that I am proud to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at NC State university! Thank you to everyone that has helped me on this crazy journey. GO PACK♦️♦️!”

Heck is a junior at Bolles School; he does his club swimming with Bolles School Sharks and is the top breaststroker in the high school class of 2023. We ranked him 10th on our Way Too Early list of top-20 boys recruits.

Heck broke the Florida state high school record in the 100 breast last season as a sophomore, swimming a 53.73 in prelims at the 2020 FHSAA Class 1A Swimming and Diving State Championships. In the final, he went 54.20 but still won by a body length. He also contributed to two winning relays (24.25 breast split on the 4×50 medley and 20.31 free on the 4×50 free) and he placed fifth in the 50 free final. In March, he added PBs in the 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 IM at the Florida Swimming Senior Short Course Championships-North. There, he won the 100 back, 100/200 breast, and 200 IM and finished third in the 100 free and 100 fly.

Heck wrapped up long course season with a strong showing at Huntsville Futures. He won the 200 breast and was runner-up in the 100 breast and picked up Wave I Trials cuts (1:02.69/2:16.46) in both. He also earned PBs in the 100 free (53.53), 100 back (1:01.06), and 200 IM (2:09.16).

Best SCY times:

  • 100 breast – 53.73
  • 200 breast – 1:57.16
  • 200 IM – 1:49.27
  • 100 back – 50.50
  • 100 fly – 49.94
  • 100 free – 46.27
  • 50 free – 21.18

Heck will bring fresh blood to the Wolfpack’s breaststroke group, which will be in rebuilding mode after seniors Rafal Kusto and Jack Moranetz graduate. He will overlap two years with current freshmen Nathan Kempiak (53.84/2:01.48) and Sam Hoover (54.10/1:57.18).

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2 years ago

Really, nobody’s gonna say it? Then I
Will* HECK, YEAH!!!!

2 years ago

I feel like he’s got more to offer in that 2IM. Awesome.

2 years ago

Wow, I think that could be the piece that gets them a national title if he develops

Reply to  Shaq
2 years ago

I think they still need one or two more. If he develops, then they look like a very complete team c. 2013 or 2014. But the depth, scorers who can’t even crack their own team’s relays, is what sets Cal and Texas apart from the rest right now.

If Ponti decides to give it another go, that helps a lot.

2 years ago

And that’s what they needed.

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