Ed Townsend (swimmer)

Robert Edward Townsend, Jr. (born September 13, 1943) is an American former competition swimmer, Pan American Games gold medalist, and former world record-holder.

Ed Townsend
Personal information
Full nameRobert Edward Townsend, Jr.
National teamUnited States
Born (1943-09-13) September 13, 1943
Santa Clara, California
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
ClubSanta Clara Swim Club
College teamYale University

Townsend won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 1963 Pan American Games. He participated in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[1] Under the 1964 Olympic swimming rules, he was ineligible for a medal, however, because he did not swim in the relay final.

Townsend attended Yale University, where he was a standout swimmer for coach Phil Moriarty's Yale Bulldogs swimming and diving team from 1963 to 1965. He won an NCAA national championship in the 400-yard individual medley (1963), and three more as a member of winning Yale teams in the 400-yard freestyle relay (1963, 1964, 1965).[2]

See also


  1. Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ed Townsend. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  2. IvyLeagueSports.com, History of the Ivy league, NCAA Championships (1957–Present) Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ed Townsend". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.

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