Thomas Heilman Keeps Rolling, Breaks 6th NAG This Week with 51.12 100 Free

by Robert Gibbs 16

December 04th, 2021 National, News, Previews & Recaps

2021 US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

14 year-old Thomas Heilman of Cavalier Aquatics has been on a roll this week at the U.S. Open, and he kept the momentum going this morning by clipping his own National Age Group record in the 100 free.

Heilman came into today with a lifetime best (and NAG record) of 51.20, which he set last November at the Richmond location of the multi-site U.S. Open.

This morning, Heilman swam to a 51.12, shaving 0.08s off of the NAG record. For what it’s worth, Heilman’s prelims time was faster than several  men who are literally twice his age, including 30 year-old Kent Olsen-Stavrakas (51.21) and 32 year-old Bruno Fratus (51.42).

So far this week, Heilman has set National Age Group records in the 50 free (twice), the 100 fly (twice), the 200 free, and now the 100 free. He’s schedule to swim the 200 fly later this session. He comes into that event with a best time of 2:02.25, about three seconds shy of the National Age Group record. That record is still held by none other than Michael Phelps, who went 1:59.02 back in 2000, just before turning 15 and making the Olympic team that summer.

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50free
1 month ago

What was Jacob whittle at 14?

ooo
Reply to  50free
1 month ago
Last edited 1 month ago by ooo
Eric the eel > Phelps
Reply to  ooo
1 month ago

are they human?

Louisiana
1 month ago

How tall is this kid?

PACFAN
Reply to  Louisiana
1 month ago

Just judging off pictures, he looks between about 6’3 and 20 years tall

Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

His 50 and 200 are all through the roof but his 100 is a bit lacking

Honest Observer
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

Wait till tonight.

coachymccoachface
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

Yeah nag record terrible

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  coachymccoachface
1 month ago

I mean like relative to his other breakthrough swims

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

If you can go sub 23 for a 50 and you’re not going under 51, shows something is missing

Thezwimmer
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

David Curtiss and Michael Andrew are two swimmers that come to mind. Andrew is not THAT slow in the 100, but it’s his only 100 that’s not nationally competitive.

Last edited 1 month ago by Thezwimmer
Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

He’s been faster in finals in 2/3 events so far. So maybe let’s see what he does tonight.

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

I remember I was thrilled to break a minute in the 100 yard free when I was 14. Good times.

jablo
Reply to  phelps swims 200 breast rio
1 month ago

lmao i was so pumped to he going 1:01 flat and that missed jo finals 😩

James Beam
1 month ago

Does anyone know when Tom Terrific (Sorry Tom Brady!) turns 15?

swimfan210_
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

Early February