William Heary Announces Commitment to Auburn’s Class of 2023

by Jack McCormick 9

December 12th, 2021 College, College Recruiting, News, SEC

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A high school junior from Sarasota, Florida, William Heary has announced that he will become a Tiger beginning in the fall of 2023 with his commitment to Auburn University. Heary currently swims for Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team and Sarasota High School.

I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to Auburn University. I like to thank my parents, coaches and friends for helping me along the way. War eagle!

Last November, Heary was a two-event finalist at the 2020 FHSAA 3A State Championship meet. There, he took 2nd in the 100 breast and 6th in the 100 fly. In the breast, he touched in 56.58, while in the fly he finished in 50.94. More recently he competed at the Futures Championship meet in Huntsville. At that meet, he was a finalist in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. He finished 7th in the 100 breast (1:03.88) and 10th in the 200 breast (2:21.49).

Heary has already had a huge fall season, posting lifetime best in every even he contested at the Winter Junior Championships-East. His top finish came in the 200 breast, where he dipped below 2:00 to touch in a time of 1:58.36 for 5th place.  He also added best times in the 100 breast (54.43) and 200 IM (1:48.24). That time drop in the IM is especially impressive, with his best time entering the meet being 1:55.24.

Top SCY Times

  • 100 fly – 49.88
  • 100 breast – 54.43
  • 200 breast – 1:58.36
  • 200 IM – 1:48.24

Heary will be joining an Auburn team that is entering its first season under new head coach Ryan Wochomurka. Last season, the team finished 8th at the SEC Conference Championships. The team was led by Reid Mikuta, who qualified for the B-final of the 100 and 200 breast, as well as the C-final of the 200 IM. Mikuta is only a sophomore, giving Heary one years of overlap with him when he arrives on campus.

Since Gary Taylor left the program and was replaced by Wochomurka, the program has seen numerous transfers. This summer Cole Bruns and Nik Eberly, both of whom competed at the 2021 SEC Championships for Auburn, announced that they would be leaving the program.

Three other men have already committed to Auburn for the fall of 2023. Heary will be joined by Avery Henke, Josh Noll, and Andrew Billitto as part of the class of 2027.

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11 months ago

Thanks for updating the times!

Scott Jett
11 months ago

Hope he brings some strength to a team much in need. Hoping to see Auburn climb back into the game in the coming years. Such an amazing school and historic program. War Eagle!

Reply to  Scott Jett
11 months ago

AU has been irrelevant for years and it will take many more decent swimmers to get them back to the middle of the SEC.

Rowdy Marsh
11 months ago

Big commitment! WOCHO Madness baby!

11 months ago

Wonder how good he could be if he swam for a good coach. #Facts

Reply to  Buckeyeboy
11 months ago


The goat
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
11 months ago

What makes his Coach so bad

11 months ago

Check his recent swims at Winter Juniors, he’s dropped a lot more than what’s currently listed

Reply to  KPS
11 months ago

Thanks KPS! I think this one got lost in the piles. He committed back in October before Billitto. Great recruits for Auburn!