Townley Haas

Francis Townley Haas (born December 13, 1996) is an American swimmer specializing in freestyle events. He competes for the University of Texas.[2]

Townley Haas
Personal information
Full nameFrancis Townley Haas[1]
NationalityAmerican
Born (1996-12-13) December 13, 1996[2]
Richmond, VA[1]
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)[2]
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle[2]
College teamUniversity of Texas

Background

Haas grew up in Richmond, Virginia (where his family still lives)[3] and graduated from Benedictine College Prep. Before his time at Texas he swam for Geoff Brown at Nova of Virginia Aquatics (NOVA), which sent nine swimmers to the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

College swimming career

He won the 500 yard freestyle and the 200 yard freestyle at the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Swimming and diving Championship.[1] In 2016, he swam in a 4×200 free relay for Texas setting the US Open record and with the fastest relay split ever. In 2018, Haas broke the American and NCAA records in the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championship meet with a time 1:29.50, becoming the second person under 1:30 after Blake Pieroni.[5]

2016 Olympics

In 2016, he placed first at the US Olympic Swimming trials in the 200 meter freestyle, qualifying for a spot on the US Olympic Team. Haas also placed third in the 400 m freestyle.

At the Rio Olympics, he placed fifth in the 200 meter freestyle and first in the 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay. He swam the second leg on the relay and provided the fastest split of the entire field by 0.71 seconds.[6]

References

  1. "Townley Haas Bio". Swimswam. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  2. "Townley Haas". University of Texas. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  3. Gilligan, Gregory J. (August 10, 2016). "Henrico County's Townley Haas says winning Olympic gold 'has been an awesome ride'". BH Media Group. Richmond Times Dispatch. Retrieved July 23, 2019. the Henrico County native won his first Olympic gold medal" ... "Haas family house in the Church Run subdivision in western Henrico shortly after the Benedictine College Preparatory graduate received his gold medal
  4. Casadonte, Lane (June 29, 2016). "NOVA sends 9 swimmers to Olympic Trials". CBS 6 News (WTVR). Retrieved 10 August 2016. Townley Haas is the highest profile swimmer to represent NOVA this year. The sophomore at Texas helped the Longhorns win this year's NCAA team title. He has qualified in five different events, but will only compete in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle races
  5. David Rieder (March 28, 2016). "Townley Haas Impresses and Excites Imagination at Men's NCAA Championships". Swimming World.
  6. Gibbs, Robert (August 9, 2016). "Townley Haas splits 1:44.14, tied for 5th-fastest in history". Swimswam. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
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