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.