Thomas Heilman Clips Own 15-16 NAG Record with 1:40.73 200 Fly

by Robert Gibbs 6

December 09th, 2023 National, News, Previews & Recaps

2023 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – EAST

16 year-old Thomas Heilman rounded out his individual events this week in record-breaking fashion, popping a 1:40.73 in the 200 fly to break his own National Age Group Record. The previous record stood at 1:40.86, which he set at this same meet last year.

ALL-TIME RANKINGS BOYS 15-16 200 YARD FLY

  1. Thomas Heilman, 1:40.73 – 2023
  2. Luca Urlando, 1:40.91 – 2018
  3. Aiden Hayes, 1:41.34 – 2019
  4. Michael Phelps, 1:42.10 – 2002
  5. Ilya Kharun, 1:42.39 – 2021

While it’s tough to pick a signature event for the versatile teenager, it’s worth noting that Heilman qualified for Team USA’s World Championships team in the long course version of this event last summer. Heilman placed 4th at Worlds, resetting his own NAG record in the process.

Tonight, the 200 fly was Heilman’s second swim of the session. He previously won the 100 free with a time of 42.00, setting a new personal best and moving up to #2 all-time in the 15-16 boys rankings.

ALL-TIME RANKINGS, BOYS 15-16 100 YARD FREESTYLE

  1. Kaii Winkler, 41.96 – 2023
  2. Thomas Heilman, 42.00 – 2023
  3. Maximus Williamson, 42.49 – 2022
  4. Ryan Hoffer, 42.67 – 2014
  5. Jack Alexy, 42.87 – 2019

Heilman may have one more chance to crack the 42.00 barrier, as the 4×100 free relay will be the final event of the evening.

Update: Heilman did indeed lead off the relay for the Cavalier Aquatics / Piedmont Family YMCA team, and in one of those uncanny moments in swimming, he perfectly matched his 42.00 swim from earlier in the evening. That time helped lead the squad to the win in a new meet record time of 2:54.66. That’s within a second of the 15-18 NAG record of 2:53.81 set by Allegheny North back in 2018.

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Andrew
4 months ago

Heilman probably swam right through this meet (maybe did a 3-5 day drop max) and that’s actually insane. Doubt he makes it to UVA after making the Olympics in multiple events next year

Jimmy DeSnuts
4 months ago

something tells me Thomas isn’t too focused on SC right now. His times are obviously amazing but I think he could be faster, I really don’t think he cares about juniors when he has a legitimate shot at medaling at the Olympics. He still has next year to obliterate national records and all of that fun stuff anyway. Also, his turns have been way off this meet, a sign that he probably isn’t training a lot of SCY. And possible I’m reading too far into this, but his starts are slow and the first 50 of his 100 fly was slow, like he couldn’t get up and go. I bet the reason for that would be that he didn’t taper… Read more »

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
4 months ago

Why not go to the US Open then?

Jimmy DeSnuts
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

points for Cavalier Aquatics

whoisthis
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
4 months ago

i kinda noticed that too, his free turns also were slightly rough

commenter
Reply to  Jimmy DeSnuts
4 months ago

Unless something has changed recently, Cavalier Aquatics doesn’t actually have a long course pool to train in.

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