Swimming World’s NCAA Performance of the Year: Townley Haas’ 200 Free

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

It would be difficult to hand out the NCAA Performance of the Year to anybody else besides Townley Haas. After all, Haas’ performance in the 200 free at the men’s NCAA championships this past March broke the oldest men’s U.S. Open record in existence.

Haas, swimming for the University of Texas, won the event in 1:30.46, demolishing Simon Burnett’s decade-old U.S. Open record of 1:31.20 and also Ricky Berens’ American record of 1:31.31, which the former Longhorn set back in 2013.

Previously, Haas had split a 1:30.52 on Texas’ 800 free relay on the first night of the meet (the fastest split in history) and also won the NCAA title 500 free in 4:09.00. The freshmen helped the Longhorns win a second-straight NCAA team championship.

Haas went on to make the U.S. Olympic team a few months later. He finished fifth in the 200 free in Rio and also contributed to a gold medal in the men’s 800 free relay. He figures to be one of the favorites again in the mid-distance events at the NCAA championships this year.


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