SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – EAST
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Prelims: 9 am (ET)
- Finals: 5 pm (ET) – Wed. relays at 6 pm
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After melting the 13-14 National Age Group Record books last week, mostly in long course, 14-year old Thomas Heilman broke his first record of the Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East meet on Friday morning.
Heilman swam 46.42 in the 100 yard fly, which knocked half-a-second off the old record of 46.95 that was set by one of the sport’s legendary age group swimmers, Michael Andrew.
Along with two short course records set in a one-session meet appearance in North Carolina last Sunday, after the US Open, he now has three National Age Group Records in yards in the 13-14 age group. He holds 14 National Age Group Records across all courses and age groups.
Splits Comparison in Yards:
|Thomas Heilman||Michael Andrew|
|New NAG Record||Old NAG Record||Previous PB|
Much like last week, when Heilman broke Andrew’s 100 fly record in long course, the Cavalier Aquatics product showed improvement in both the front-end and the back-end of his race to get the new record. He took his swim out about as fast as Andrew did in 2014, but closed half-a-second faster to make the gap on the record. Interestingly, Andrew’s long course record was a way different pacing pattern, showing a lot more back-half ‘patience’ in the race than his short course swim did.
At the time, Andrew’s swim was also faster than the 15-16 record. The swim was done on his 15th birthday, but because swimmers’ ages are recorded on the first day of the meet, he was still chasing 13-14 records at the time.
On Thursday evening, Heilman swam 19.83 to win the 50 yard free, which improves his personal best and ranks him #2 all-time in the 13-14 age group. He still has the 200 free left to swim on Friday morning – an event where he crushed the National Age Group Record in long course last weekend.