Thomas Heilman Becomes Fastest 13-Year-Old Ever in 50y Free and 100y Fly

CAVALIER AQUATICS INTRASQUAD

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

Today at the Cavalier Aquatics intrasquad meet, Thomas Heilman became the fastest 13-year-old boy in American history in both the 50 free and 100 fly.

In the 50 free, Heilman dropped a 20.54, a new lifetime best by nearly a full second, and only his second time under 22 seconds.

According to the USA Swimming database, the next-fastest 50 free performance in history for 13-year-old boys belongs to Michael Andrew at 20.87. Andrew ended up getting down to 19.76 before he turned 15, which stands as the 13-14 NAG record. Heilman is also the second 13-year-old to ever break 21 seconds in the 50 free after Andrew.

Heilman, who turned 13 in late winter, came into the meet with a lifetime best of 21.50, a time achieved in December at the YMCA of Triangle Area (YOTA) Arena Capital Classic. Heilman was just 12 when he went that 21.50, and he set the 11-12 NAG record with that performance. He also holds 11-12 NAG records in the 100 free (47.15), 200 free (1:44.28), 50 fly (22.87), 100 fly (50.82) and 200 fly (1:53.66).

Heilman is now the #6 50 freestyle performer in 13-14 history, a remarkable feat for a sprinter at the younger end of the age group.

13-14 50 FREE TOP PERFORMERS, ALL-TIME

  1. Michael Andrew – 19.76 (2014)
  2. Ryan Hoffer – 20.02 (2013)
  3. Daniel Krueger – 20.28 (2014)
  4. David Curtiss – 20.29 (2017)
  5. Will Rose – 20.52 (2017)
  6. Thomas Heilman – 20.54 (2020)
  7. Aiden Hayes – 20.56 (2017)

Minutes later, in the 100 fly, Heilman dropped a 48.81, surpassing Andrew again (49.07) for the title of fastest 13-year-old in history. He had come into the meet with a best of 50.82, done in January when he was 12 to set the 11-12 NAG record, making this a two-second drop.

100 FLY RACE VIDEO

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEe5vm1Ag0X/

Unsurprisingly, that swim shoots Heilman right up towards the top of the 13-14 all-time rankings. He is now tied for fourth all-time.

13-14 100 fly TOP PERFORMERS, ALL-TIME

  1. Michael Andrew – 46.95 (2014)
  2. Andrei Minakov* – 47.78 (2016)
  3. Aiden Hayes – 48.33 (2017)
  4. Thomas Heilman – 48.81 (2020) / Will Hayon – 48.81 (2019) / Ronald Dalmacio – 48.81 (2019)

As a quick reminder, Cavalier Aquatics recently merged with Charlottesville’s Piedmont YMCA team, keeping the name Cavalier Aquatics and operating as both a YMCA and USA Swimming team. Stay tuned later this afternoon for a full recap of today’s intrasquad.

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Swim2
2 months ago

Incredible, the kid is developing great. Nice swims Thomas!

Drewbrewsbeer
2 months ago

Wow!

Billy
2 months ago

Yikes! This young man is FAST! I wonder how tall he is? Those times for a kid that just turned 13 are hard to fathom….

About Karl Ortegon

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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