Thomas Heilman Swims 21.50 in 50 Yard Free at 12 Years Old


  • December 6th-8th, 2019
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, North Carolina
  • 25 yard course
  • Results on Meet Mobile – “27th Annual YOTA/Arena Capital Classic”

Thomas Heilman has broken yet another National Age Group Record, showing off his versatility on Saturday at the YOTA Capital Classic.

After breaking the 200 free and 200 fly records on Friday, Heilman swam a 21.50 in the 50 yard free, which broke Vinny Marciano’s 11-12 National Age Group Record of 21.78 that he set in 2014. In conjunction with a 100 yard fly record that he broke in November, Heilman now owns 4 National Age Group Records.

With 1 day remaining at the meet, where he has entries in the 100 free, 200 IM, and 50 fly, there could be more on the way. Already being the owner of the 100 and 200 yard fly records puts the 50 fly in the crosshairs, as does the fact that he’s blowing away best times this week and is already within half-a-second of Marciano’s record of 47.89 in the 100 free.

Times This Week (With All-Time 11-12 Age Group Rankings):

  • 50 yard free – 21.50 (#1)
  • 200 yard free – 1:44.18 (#1)
  • 500 yard free – 4:49.76 (#25)
  • 400 yard IM – 4:14.68 (#8)
  • 200 yard fly – 1:53.66 (#1)
  • 100 butterfly (on a relay split) – 51.99
  • 50 free (on a relay split) – 21.68

Heilman trains with the Piedmont Family YMCA/CYAC in Charlottesville, Virginia. He ages up early in the new year.

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Jalen Stimes

What a monster 12 year old!


My god I skipped over “yards” Initially and almost shat myself

Stephen Gomez

you should still check your panties just in case 21.50 for a 12 yearold is absolutely pooping-your-pants worthy


whatever happened to Vinny Marciano?


I believe he stopped swimming to focus on school. I might be wrong


Great swims by this kid but let’s be careful and not put him up on a pedestal just yet. Vinny burned out. We’ve seen this movie before with stud 11-12’s….


Agreed, 11-12’s is not the best age group to get nags in for a promising future, but I hope to see this kid develop and excited to see his performance tomorrow.

Ol' Longhorn

One that had legendary swims as a 10 and under, 11-12 age grouper back in the day was Kiki Vandeweghe, who quit swimming to focus on basketball. Good decision.

Ken K

Don’t forget about Kris Humphries. An absolute stud as a young age grouper and ended up with a pretty decent career in the NBA.


One might argue his career highlight was Kim Kardashian. 🙂

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