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Dual-Sport Athlete Takoda Heckman Announces Verbal to FAU for 2023-24

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Takoda Heckman from Reading, Pennsylvania, has announced his verbal commitment to Florida Atlantic University for the 2023-24 school year. Heckman is a junior at Wilson High School, where he competes in varsity swimming and water polo. He has not swim year-round for a club team since 2018.

Heckman is nonetheless a Winter Juniors qualifier in the 200 IM. At the 2022 Pennsylvania PIAA Boys 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships, he placed second in the 200 IM with a PB of 1:49.73. He also competed in the 500 free and finished fourth in 4:30.50. Last year at high school states, he came in 10th in the 200 IM (1:54.01).

These times would have made him FAU’s second-fastest 500 freestyler and third-fastest 200 IMer last season. Heckman would have joined freshman Timo Paisley (conference champion, 4:26.97) and Logan Thornsberry (6th, 4:33.29), as well as sophomore Cameron Speed (7th, 4:33.40), in the A-final of the 500 free at the 2022 CCSA Championships. He also would have swum with senior Alec Peckmann (conference champion, 1:47.31) and freshmen Nick Shaffer (3rd, 1:49.31) and Taylor Eaton (9th, 1:52.50) in the A-final of the 200 IM.

Best times:

200 IM – 1:49.73
500 free – 4:30.29
100 fly – 51.12
100 free – 46.61

The FAU men’s swimming and diving team were runners-up at the CCSA Championships for the second year in a row. The Owls finished 102.5 points behind Incarnate Word and 178.5 points ahead of Gardner-Webb.

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