Western Albemarle’s Matthew Heilman Commits to Virginia Swim Program | Sports

Last month, Matthew Heilman took to the podium at SwimRVA with the rest of his Western Albemarle teammates to celebrate a fourth consecutive swimming and diving championship for the Warriors.

The senior star hopes the celebration is just the harbinger of things to come as he pursues his swimming career at the University of Virginia. Heilman recently signed to the Cavaliers and head coach Todd DeSorbo.

“Growing up just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia has always been at the top of my list for colleges,” Heilman said. “That, coupled with great academics and sports, made it the best fit for me.”

Heilman knows the Cavaliers program very well. In addition to being UVa’s head coach, DeSorbo is also the high performance director at Cavalier Aquatics, Heilman’s club swimming program in Charlottesville. He learned a lot from DeSorbo and believes the best is yet to come at the next level.

“Everyone I interacted with on the team talked a lot about the program,” Heilman said. “All the coaches are great. They were very supportive and helpful throughout the process. Both teams are constantly improving every year and I look forward to being a part of it.

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Heilman’s stock continued to rise after his impressive performance last month at the VHSL Class 4 Swimming and Diving State Championships. The senior won state gold in the 200 IM (1:51.45) and took second place honors in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.68).

He was also a member of the Western 200-yard freestyle relay team which set a new state record of 1:25.43. Heilman capped his high school career with a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:13.27).

“It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks,” Heilman said. “For States to be able to end my high school career with a state title was amazing. Following that with the commitment was almost like the icing on the cake.

Heilman’s versatility should serve him well at the college level.

“I know the coaching staff has a plan for every swimmer,” he said. “I don’t think I was recruited for a particular event. I hope to contribute to the team in any way I can.

In class, the Western Albemarle senior is keeping his options open in terms of a major.

“I know I want to do something down the math path,” Heilman said, “so I plan to take introductory math classes and see if there is anything in particular that interests me.”

Heilman is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue swimming and grow in a sport that has taught him so much since he started it at age 4.

“Swimming has been an integral part of my life for so long now,” he said. “So to have this incredible opportunity to continue at an even higher level is a dream come true.”

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