Thomas Heilman Adds 45.66 100 Free, Again Moving to #1 in 13-Year-Old History


  • Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Short course yards (SCY)
  • Meet Mobile results: ‘Cavalier Aquatics Intra Squad Meet’

13-year-old Thomas Heilman is now the fastest 13-year-old ever in the 100 free after going 45.66 at the Cavalier Aquatics intrasquad today.

Heilman, who came into today with a best of 47.15 (which stands as the 11-12 NAG record), surpasses Michael Andrew‘s previous leading 13-year-old performance of 46.06. With this being Heilman’s first swim under 47 seconds in the 100 free, he skips the 46-second range entirely.

45.66 puts Heilman almost a full second ahead of the now #3 100 freestyler in 13-year-old history, Vinny Marciano (46.51).

In terms of the 13-14 age group, Heilman moves into a tie for #15 all-time. Andrew is the 13-14 NAG record holder at 43.90, still well ahead of #2 in 13-14 history, Ryan Hoffer, who went 44.81 in 2013 to set the record before Andrew sunk it in 2014.

Heilman’s swim came after two immense performances earlier in the session. In the 50 free, he clocked a 20.54, his first time under 21 seconds, while he posted a 48.81 in the 100 fly to break 50 seconds for the first time ever. Both of those swims made him the #1 13-year-old in history, and you can read more about them here.

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1 year ago

45 for a middle schooler?!?!!

1 year ago

I thought Dressel’s 17.62 and 39.90 would be safe for decades. Maybe not.

Free Thinker
1 year ago

How big is he?

Reply to  Free Thinker
1 year ago

Yeah, I’m waiting for his growth spurt!

Free Thinker
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 year ago

Hence the question. If he’s 6’ and shaving, it changed the context of the swim compared to him being 5’2” and 100lbs soaking wet.

James Beam
1 year ago

some great swims but lets tread lightly here…the roadside is littered with young phenoms who peaked at an early age. I hope his parents and coaches are well grounded here…nobody wants to be known as the greatest 13 year old ever…

6-Beat Kick
1 year ago

These times just don’t seem humanly possible for a 13 year old. Incredible.

giuseppe mostini
Reply to  6-Beat Kick
1 year ago
incredible! if he had swum the 100 meters he would have covered them in 49.91! the only doubt .... how did you finish the 100 yards? very tired with the lion outside or with moderate breathlessness? however it was potentially unbelievable that a 13-14 year old swam 91.44 meters at the 1 second average for almost 2 meters!


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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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