- February 17-18 2022
- Collegiate School Aquatic Center, Richmond, Virginia
Freshman Thomas Heilman of Western Albemarle High School has continued to demonstrate his swimming capabilities after breaking two individual VHSL Class 4 records and two relay records at the 2022 VHSL Class 4 Swimming and Diving Championships, which took place on Friday and Saturday.
Heilman started the meet by leading off Western Albemarle High School’s 200 medley relay, posting a 22.77 seconds backstroke split. He joined forces with Jack Smith (25.90), Jackson Schundler (23.29), and Sam Johnson (20.75) to win in a record time of 1:32.71, which was 2.83 seconds ahead of 2nd place Jefferson Forest High School (1:35.54).
The 50 freestyle was a showdown between Heilman and junior Brendan Whitfield of Jefferson Forest High School and a Virginia Tech commit. In prelims, Whitfield broke the VHSL Class 4 record, posting a 20.37. Heilman responded in his prelim heat by going 20.18 to break Whitfield’s record, which was held for a matter of minutes.
In the finals, Heilman and Whitfield dipped under 20 seconds and finished in 19.91 and 19.93, respectively. The duo were the only swimmers sub-21, with Heilman’s teammate Johnson finishing 3rd (21.05). Heilman’s best time (19.83) comes from December 2021 at the East Speedo Winter Junior Nationals. Also in December 2021, Heilman broke 13 National Age Group records over the course of 11 days.
Heilman just missed the NAG record in the 50 freestyle at the Winter Junior Nationals meet (19.76), which was set by Michael Andrew in 2014. Whitfield’s 2nd place finish was his lifetime best. The all-time Virginia high school record in the 50 freestyle is 19.67, held by Anthony Grimm and was set in 2019. As a freshman, Heilman likely has his eyes set on the 19.20 seconds National High School record by Aidan Hayes from 2021.
Heilman currently holds the fastest time among all of the Virginia high school boys in the 50 freestyle, sitting just in front of Aiken Do, who posted a 20.44 at the Class 6 championships. Do is headed to Virginia Tech in the fall and will have three seasons with Whitfield.
Heilman followed up his performance winning the 100 butterfly in a VHSL Class 4 record time (46.78), which is just off Andrew Seliskar’s VHSL record of 46.13 seconds, set in 2015. Heilman won the race by almost two-seconds. His best time is the 13-14 NAG record, which he set in December 2021 (45.81).
Western Albemarle High School also set a VHSL Class 4 record in the 200 freestyle relay (1:25.43) with Matthew Heilman (21.91), Richard Wang (22.00), Anthony Garono (21.89), and T. Heilman (19.63). T. Heilman had the fastest split in the field by almost a second.
Western Albemarle High School won the boys VHSL Class 4 Championship meet with 409 points, which was 196 points ahead of 2nd place Blacksburg High School with 213 points.
- 200 medley relay: Western Albemarle High School, 1:32.71 (VHSL Class 4 record)
- 200 freestyle: Ryan Hufford, Monacan High School, 1:41.56
- 200 IM: Matthew Heilman, Western Albemarle High School, 1:51.45
- 50 freestyle: Thomas Heilman, Western Albemarle High School, 19.91 (VHSL Class 4 record)
- 100 butterfly: Thomas Heilman, Western Albemarle High School, 46.78 (VHSL Class 4 record)
- 100 freestyle: Sam Johnson, Western Albemarle High School, 46.05
- 500 freestyle: Ryan Hufford, Monacan High School, 4:39.42
- 200 freestyle relay: Western Albemarle High School, 1:25.43 (VHSL Class 4 record)
- 100 backstroke: Kyle Peck, Chancellor High School, 48.13
- 100 breaststroke: Brock Rempe, Atlee High School, 55.59 (VHSL Class 4 record)
- 400 freestyle relay: Jefferson High School, 3:11.05
On the girls’ side, Monacan High School had 316 points, compared to Jamestown High School with 278 points.
Monacan High School started the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in Class 4 record time (1:46.04) featuring Cassie Bauer (27.68), Rachael Brown (28.99), Carleigh Dillman (25.68), Raegan Canada (23.69).
Kyleigh Tankard, a senior from Grafton High School highlighted the girls’ meet. Tankard will swim for University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in the fall. At VHSL Class 4 Championships, Tankard set the class record in the 200 freestyle (1:49.37), 2.63 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher freshman Canada of Monacan High School, which is a lifetime best for her. Tankard’s previous best was from this meet last year (1:49.51). Tankard also set the Class 4 record in the 100 butterfly (53.27), an event she won by more than three-seconds. This was another lifetime best for Tankard.
Sophomore Wyllo Hanson of Jamestown High School, an Auburn commit, won the 50 free in Class 4 record time (22.95), winning by just over one-second. Hanson was also a member of the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Canada, who was the runner up in the 200 freestyle, tied the Class 4 record en-route to winning the 100 freestyle (51.67). She now co-owns the record with Allison Kopac, who set that record in 2019.
- 200 medley relay: Monacan High School, 1:46.04 (VHSL Class 4 record)
- 200 freestyle: Kyleigh Tankard, Grafton High School, 1:49.37 (VHSL Class 4 record)
- 200 IM: Amanda Barnard, Patrick Henry High School, 2:03.15
- 50 freestyle: Wyllo Hanson, Jamestown High School, 22.95
- 100 butterfly: Kyleigh Tankard, Grafton High School, 53.27 (VHSL Class 4 record)
- 100 freestyle: Raegan Canada, Monacan High School, 51.67 (VHSL Class 4 record)
- 500 freestyle: Amanda Barnard, Patrick Henry High School, 4:55.00
- 200 freestyle relay: Jamestown High School, 1:37.61
- 100 backstroke: Molly Ivie, Atlee High School, 56.79
- 100 breaststroke: Rachael Brown, Monacan High School, 1:03.55
- 400 freestyle relay: Jamestown High School, 3:32.85