Thomas Heilman Breaks Chas Morton’s Last National Age Group Record in Yards

12-year old Thomas Heilman from the Piedmont Family YMCA in Virginia has broken the 11-12 National Age Group Record in the 100 yard butterfly on Sunday. Swimming at the CYAC November Invite, Heilman touched in 51.44, which breaks Chas Morton‘s 1984-set record of 51.85.

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That was the last yards record belonging to Morton, who was one of the great age group swimmers in US history. He still holds the 100 fly record for 11-12s in long course meters at 58.74, but all of his swims in yards have been erased. After his decorated age group career, Morton was part of an NCAA Championship team at Stanford in 1993.

Heilman’s previous best time was a 53.21 set in March of this year. He’s already been 59.89 in long course as well. He doesn’t age up until the new year, so he should have more opportunities to break records.

Heilman also swam a lifetime best of 48.35 in the 100 free this weekend, and a lifetime best of 4:20.91 in the 400 IM. The National Age Group Record in the 100 free is 47.89, so he’s now moved within half-a-second of that record as well.

Heilman’s other swims this week:

  • 500 free – 4:51.97
  • 100 breast – 1:03.72
  • 200 back – 2:05.20
  • 400 IM – 4:20.75
  • 100 free – 48.35
  • 200 breast – 2:21.15

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Impressed Parent
4 years ago

Even better, after Thomas swam he volunteered as a timer during the next session for 10 & unders. My 10-year old daughter got to swim in his lane – he joked and kidded with her, and completely inspired her. Thomas is not only an amazing athlete, but a wonderful role model to young swimmers. Congratulations!

4 years ago

Wow, that is amazing. I was at the meet where Chas set that record, the SE Swimming Champs in ’83. I actually won the 11-12 boys 100 fly in a 59 something at that meet. He swam as a senior and while he didn’t win it, I think he finished second or third as a 12 year old. He was amazing.

4 years ago

Wow! That was fun to watch. Congrats to Thomas on a great swim. Very very happy for him. I believe Brian Alderman had it at 56 before I broke it back in Tuscaloosa many years ago. I know the hard work he’s put in and happy to see this one go down.

4 years ago

oh, this video must be of Chas Morton.

Reply to  West
4 years ago

sorry they must have changed the video.

Bi9 Kahuna
4 years ago

Chas was part of the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Championship teams at Stanford. Congratulations to Thomas!

4 years ago

nooooo! Was hoping that would stand longer.

4 years ago

Long Live Chaz!

4 years ago

Are you blowing the whistle on the reason behind Chas’ performances?

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