T. Haas Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Townley Haas of Henrico, who came in second at the Olympic swim trials, will represent the United States in Tokyo.

T. Haas Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

T. Haas Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

When Townley Haas last competed for the United States on swimming’s grandest stage, he was the relative unknown among legends. It’s his turn to be the seasoned pro this time around.

Haas, a 24-year-old swimmer for the NOVA of Virginia Aquatics team, took second place in the men’s 200-meter freestyle event at the 2016 U.S. He won the Olympic Squad Trials on Tuesday in Omaha, Nebraska, guaranteeing his place on the United States team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

After three years as a top performer at Benedictine and with NOVA, Haas finished second in the event to University of Florida swimmer Kieran Smith with a time of 1:45.66.

Smith finished first with a time of 1 minute, 45.29 seconds. Formerly, he had been able to swim the 400 freestyle and earn a spot on the U.S. squad.

Given his finish,

Haas will join Smith in the 200 freestyle and the 4×200 relay squad at the Olympics. This relay team, which also comprised Michael Phelps, Conor Dwyer, and Ryan Lochte, won gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, with Haas contributing the quickest split of the race.

All signs point to him being the only returning member of the relay team, as Haas and Smith will be joined by Drew Kibler and Andrew Seliskar this year.

Haas told NBC’s Lisa Salters after the race, “I’m incredibly delighted that these are the men coming with me.” It’s going to be a pretty different team based on what I’ve seen from the other races, but I think that’s great! New folks and fresh faces are always welcome.

Haas earned his degree from the University of Texas in 2019 and has since won 10 individual NCAA titles and 3 team titles with the Longhorns. Since then, he’s been a part of the 2019-founded International Swimming League.

On July 23, the Olympic Games will open. They were put off last year due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Her Life

American former competitive swimmer Francis Townley Haas was born on December 13, 1996, and competed primarily in freestyle events before retiring.

He won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the 4 200 m freestyle relay. During his career at the University of Texas at Austin (2015-2019), Haas won 10 individual NCAA titles, 17 individual awards, and 3 team titles while competing under head coach Eddie Reese (2016, 2017, and 2018).

He used to hold the American record in the 200-yard freestyle (1:29.50) and now swims with the California Condors in the International Swimming League.

T. Haas’s Past

Haas attended Benedictine College Prep and grew raised in Richmond, Virginia (where his family still resides). Before he swam for the Longhorns, he was a member of Geoff Brown’s NOVA of Virginia Aquatics (NOVA) team, which sent a total of nine athletes to the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Emily and Wyatt, both older than Townley, are his older sisters and brothers, respectively. In the Virginia Tech shooting, his sister was wounded twice but managed to survive. His mother works for the Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence as the state director for Virginia.

Haas proposed to his longtime girlfriend Megan Meseck in December 2020.

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