Thomas Heilman Breaks 2 More 11-12 National Age Group Records

27th Annual YOTA/Arena Capital Classic

  • December 6th-8th, 2019
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, North Carolina
  • 25 yard course
  • Results on Meet Mobile – “27th Annual YOTA/Arena Capital Classic”

Swimming this weekend at the 27th Annual YOTA Capital Classic, 12-year old Thomas Heilman has broken 2 National Age Group Records in 24 hours of racing.

His first came in the 200 yard free prelims on Friday, where he won the race in 1:45.22. That time broke the old record of 1:45.43 that was done by Winn Aung in 2015. Then, in finals, Heilman swam a 1:44.28 to take almost a full second off his morning record.

Also in Friday’s finals session, he swam a 1:53.66 in the 200 yard fly. That took more than a second-and-a-half off the old 11-12 record of 1:55.39 that was done in 2018 by Dean Jones. Jones still holds the age group’s record in long course.

Watch Heilman’s 200 yard fly record-setting swim here:

The latest 2 records comes after Heilman broke the 100 fly record in early November when he swam a 51.44. That broke the last yards-course record of legendary age group swimmer Chas Morton: a record that had stood since 1984.

Heilman’s Splits:

200 Free Splits 200 Free Splits 200 Fly Splits
Prelims Finals Finals
50y 23.98 24.3 25.63
100y 27.15 27.17 29.07
150y 27.52 27.13 29.35
200y 26.57 25.68 29.61
1:45.22 1:44.28 1:53.66

Heilman has also raced a 22.02 on Saturday morning in the 50 yard free, split 21.68 in a rolling start 50 free on a 200 free relay, split a 23.23 on the fly leg of a 200 medley relay, and touched in 4:14.68 in the 400 IM. That ranks him as the 8th-fastest all-time in the age group in the 400 IM. That takes 6 seconds off his previous best time in the 400 IM. He also swam a time of 4:49.76 in the 500 free, and split 51.99 on the butterfly leg of a 400 medley relay.

He’s not entered in the 100 fly this weekend, but still has swims in the 100 free, 200 IM, and 50 fly, in addition to the 50 free finals. His best time of 48.35 in the 100 free is within half-a-second of the National Age Group Record in that event of 47.89.

Heilman trains with the Piedmont Family YMCA/CYAC in Charlottesville, Virginia. He ages up early in the new year.

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11 months ago

Been at this YOTA meet all weekend. This kid is truly amazing. Congrats to him.

11 months ago

Great job Thomas!

11 months ago

Congratulations Thomas!
Can wait to see what’s future holds for you!

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