Thomas Heilman Snags 400 IM NAG At Cavalier Winter Invite

by Emma Edmund 19

January 22nd, 2022 Club, News, Records

Thomas Heilman has broken yet another 13-14 SCY National Age Group record, this time in the 400 IM with a time of 3:51.46. He now owns six yards-course 13-14 NAGs, in addition to four in long course.

Heilman swam the time Saturday at the Cavalier Aquatics Winter Invite. He dropped over 7 seconds from his previous best time of 3:58.73, set in 2020. This is not a prelims/finals meet, meaning Heilman won’t have another opportunity at this meet to drop even more time. 

Heilman broke the record previously held by King Aquatic Club’s Tyler Lu, who swam the event in 3:51.54 in 2018. Now, Heilman has the SCY 13-14 NAG in the 400 IM, 100 free (43.51), 200 free (1:34.68), 100 fly (45.81), 200 fly (1:42.77), and as part of the Cavalier 400 free relay (3:07.45).

Heilman NAG (2022) Previous Heilman PB (2020) Previous NAG (Lu, 2018)
Fly: 50.86 Fly: 51.94 Fly: 53.98
Back: 59.45 Back: 1:01.63 Back: 57.35
Breast: 1:08.71 Breast: 1:10.76 Breast: 1:06.19
Free: 52.44 Free: 54.40 Free: 54.04
Total: 3:51.46 Total: 3:58.73 Total: 3:51.54

In addition to the SCY NAGs, Heilman also has five 13-14 LCM NAGs, in the 50 free (22.95), 100 free (51.12), 200 free (1:51.27), and 100 fly (53.27). These statistics don’t take into account his own records that he lowers multiple times–Heilman’s record-breaking skills are fast and furious, including a point when he broke 13 NAG records in 11 days.

Heilman has broken National Age Group Records across all of USA Swimming’s age groups, but his more recent improvement in races that are 200+ yards or meters coincides with training under his new coach, Gary Taylor. Taylor was formerly the head coach at Auburn, but had his greatest collegiate success working with the distance group at NC State.

Heilman was SwimSwam’s 2021 Swammy Award winner for male 13-14 swimmer of the year. 

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10 months ago

he swam a 48.8 in the 100 fly at the same meet. makes you wonder what he could have swam if he did this race at juniors

The Portal
10 months ago

This kid is amazing.

It’s like a race to see if he can get more NAGs before he turns 15 than Gary had transfers from Auburn.

Reply to  The Portal
10 months ago

Move on. This is a tired narrative, and he parted ways with that program almost half a year ago.

10 months ago

Is there anything else he’s swimming this weekend? Might give him some confidence for the 2im if he goes for it.

10 months ago

this 14 year old took out his 400 im faster than i can do a 100 fly

Last edited 10 months ago by jeff
10 months ago

He only has a couple more weeks before he turns 15. I wonder if he will try to swim the 50 again since he was so close.

10 months ago

Look out 2028 Olympics!

Reply to  Seth
10 months ago

Maybe even Paris at this rate

katie’s gator cap :)
Reply to  Chad
10 months ago

maybe but i think LA is going to be his olympics

10 months ago

Out in a 23 🤯

Reply to  Megamind
10 months ago

Riiight! My 50 free wasn’t even that fast at that age.

10 months ago

500 and 50 next?