Townley Haas

Townley Haas
Personal information
Full name Francis Townley Haas[1]
Nationality  United States
Born (1996-12-13) December 13, 1996[2]
Richmond, VA[1]
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)[2]
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle[2]
College team University of Texas

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


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, which sent nine swimmers to the Olympic trials in Omaha.[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.[5]

Haas holds the American record in the 200 yard freestyle.[6]

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.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 "Townley Haas Bio". Swimswam. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
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  3. GILLIGAN, GREGORY J. (August 10, 2016). "Richmonder Townley Haas' family in 'pure pandemonium' after he wins Olympic gold medal". BH Media Group. Richmond Times Dispatch. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 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
  6. Priestley, Morgan (March 25, 2016). "Texas Two-Step: Townley Haas Crushes 1:30.46 200 Free". Swimswam. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  7. Gibbs, Robert (August 9, 2016). "Townley Haas splits 1:44.14, tied for 5th-fastest in history". Swimswam. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
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