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    David Heron     
     
      David Heron
Class:
RS Freshman

Hometown:
Mission Viejo, Calif.

High School:
Mission Viejo High School

Position:
Distance Freestyle

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CAREER HONORS
CAREER AWARDS
2014 SEC Freshman of the Week (1 time)

2014-15 - REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
DUAL MEET RECAP
  • In his first race of the 2014-15 season, Heron broke UNCW's 19-year-old pool record by swimming a 9:11.21 time in the 1000-yard freestyle, placing himself eighth in UT history in the event.
  • Earned a pair of top-4 finishes at Queens, including a second-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle (9::19.18) and a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:41.78)
  • Set a career best time of 4:29.82 in the 500 Free against IU and UK
  • Swam in the 1650-yard freestyle for the first time this season and earned a victory (15:24.13) against IU and UK
  • Earned a NCAA b-cut time in the 500 Free prelims (4:24.38) and finished eighth in the A final (4:31.59)
  • Finished in second place in the 1650 free, swimming a 14:57.94, a season-best and a b-cut time
  • Heron holds second place all-time in UT history in both the 1000 Free (9:04.34) and the 1650, only trailing teammate Evan Pinion.

2013-14 - FRESHMAN
CAREER AWARDS
2014 SEC Freshman of the Week (1 time)

DUAL MEET RECAP

  • Started his fall semester in Dubai at the FINA World Junior Championships, where he placed sixth in the 1500-meter freestyle (15:22.81).
  • Competed in five meets during the fall, concentrating on the distance freestyle events
  • Won the 500 freestyle twice and the 1000 freestyle three times during the fall meets
  • Won both the 500 and 1000 freestyle events against South Carolina to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors
  • He swam his first NCAA b-cut time to end the semester at the Georgia Tech Invitational, finishing the 1650 freestyle in 15:22.09 to take second.

PRIOR TO TENNESSEE
  • Teaming up again with associate coach Tyler Fenwick, who had previously served as Heron's club coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores before joining the Volunteers' staff
  • Enjoyed a dominant year in open water competition in 2012, winning the 10k race at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships
  • Won the 5k and placed third in the 10k at the 2012 Open Water Nationals
  • At the 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials, he finished 22nd in the 1500-meter freestyle
  • Continued to excel in 2013 in both the pool and open water. He finished seventh in the 1500-meter freestyle (15:24.54) at the U.S. Open. Also took seventh in the 5K race at the USA Swimming Open Water Championships.
  • Placed 11th in the 1500-meter freestyle at the 2013 U.S. Swimming World Championship Trials
  • He is a member of the 2012-13 USA Swimming National Junior Team
  • Attended Mission Viejo High School, where he was a member of the swimming team for four years

PERSONAL
  • Recipient of the Gordon J. Wilder Scholarship Endowment
  • Birthday: March 26, 1995

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