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Shortly After Turning 15, Thomas Heilman Cracks All-Time Top 10 in 15-16 100 FL

2022 Short Course YMCA Nationals

On Tuesday night’s finals session at the 2022 SCY YMCA Nationals in Greensboro, Thomas Heilman swam a 46.59 to win the men’s 100 fly. The swim comes in well off Heilman’s personal best of 45.81, but it does still put him in the all-time top 10 for 15-16 boys.

Heilman has only been 15 for less than two months, but his time tonight still ties for #10 all-time in the age group. Here is the updated list of all-time top 10 performers in the boys 15-16 SCY 100 fly:

Rank
Time
Swimmer
Meet

1
45.59
Ilya Kharun
2021 West Speedo Winter Junior

2
45.62
Luca Urlando
2018 Winter Junior Nats – West

3
46.01
Aiden Hayes
2019 Winter Junior Nats – West

4
46.23
Michael Andrew
2015 Winter Junior Nats – West

5
46.25
Camden Murphy
2015 Winter Junior Nats – East

5
46.25
Ethan Hu
2018 Winter Junior Nats – West

7
46.30
Roman Jones
2022 NI EZ Speedo Sectionals North Ithaca

8
46.41
Landon Gentry
2020 PV 18&U Winter Championships

9
46.42
Ryan Hoffer
2014 Winter Junior Nats

10
46.59
Thomas Heilman
2022 SC YMCA Nationals

10
46.59
Scotty Buff
2021 LE OHIO HS STATE D1 CHAMP

While Heilman’s individual swim tonight was off his personal best from this past December, he was excellent on Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family Y’s 400 medley relay. He split a scorching 45.67 on the relay, under his flat-start personal best of 45.81.

Here is a split comparison between Heilman’s personal best from December and his swim tonight.

Split
2022 YMCA Nationals
2021 Speedo Winter Junior Championships East

1st 50
21.81
21.51

2nd 50
24.78
24.22

FINAL TIME
46.59
45.81

Heilman was a bit slower on both 50s tonight than he was a few months ago. We should bear in mind that the U.S. International Team Trials take place in just a few weeks, and Heilman may be targeting that meet in an attempt to land on an international team.

He also led off the 200 free relay in a new personal best of 19.78. That swim ranks Heilman #12 all-time in the 15-16 age group in the 50 free, just ahead of Caeleb Dressel.

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