Olympic Gold Medalist Townley Haas and Megan Meseck Announce Engagement

by Ben Dornan 43

December 14th, 2020 Big 12, College, Lifestyle, News

2016 US Olympic gold medalist Townley Haas shared the news of his engagement to fiance Megan Meseck via Instagram.

Townley Haas first represented the US international at the 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships where he won gold in both the 200 freestyle (1:48.32) and the 4×200 freestyle relay along with Liam Egan, Blake Pieroni, and Andrew Seliskar.

The next year, Haas began his collegiate career swimming for the University of Texas. In his freshman year, Haas raced to a gold medal in the 200 and 500 freestyles. In the former, his 1:30.46 was fast enough to set a new pool, championships, American, and NCAA record in the event.

Coming off a stellar NCAA freshman season, Haas had somewhat of an international breakout at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Haas qualified for the team after breaking his 7th place seed in the 200 freestyle at Trials, winning the event over Conor Dwyer and Ryan Lochte, and qualifying to race the individual 200 and 4×200 relay in Rio. Haas went on the place 5th in the 200 freestyle with a 1:45.58. In the 4×200, however, Haas helped teammates Lochte, Dwyer, and Michael Phelps to win Olympic gold with a collective 7:00.66.

Following 2016, Haas returned to Texas for another 3 seasons and has represented the US internationally at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships along with the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. Haas has amassed numerous medals both for Texas and the US throughout his career;

Townley Haas NCAA Medals (2016-2019)

  • 200 Freestyle: Gold (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 4×100 Freestyle: Gold (2017, 2019)
  • 500 Freestyle: Gold (2016, 2018, 2019), Silver (2017)
  • 4×200 Freestyle: Gold (2016, 2018), Silver (2017), Bronze (2018)

Townley Haas International Medals (2016-2019)

  • 4×100 Freestyle: Gold (2017/2019 World Champs)
  • 4×100 Medley: Gold (2017 World Champs)
  • 200 Freestyle: Gold (2018 Pan Pacs), Silver (2017 Worlds)
  • 4×200 Freestyle: Gold (2018 Pan Pacs/Rio 2016), Bronze (2017/2019 World Champs)

Haas has competed for the Cali Condors in both of the first two ISL seasons, contributing to the Condors’ third-place finish in 2019, and their 2020 team victory.

Haas and now fiance Meseck announce their engagement just weeks after celebrating their 5-year anniversary.

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MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

I think we all know what HE does for work; what keeps her busy 9 – 5?

monsterbasher
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

Ah. There it is. Classic Texas misogyny

Last edited 1 month ago by monsterbasher
SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

It looks like she’s a nurse or in nursing school via the “Texas Nursing” on her white coat.

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
1 month ago

thanks.

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

So glad to read that it didn’t take the “Woke Police” any time at all to arrive.
The question I wrote is simple, understandable, and curious – not offensive to most.
Misogyny? Be real!
PS: What exactly differentiates “Texas” misogyny from other forms?

Harambe
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

The second pic literally says Texas Nursing

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Harambe
1 month ago

old eyes – thanks.

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Ben Dornan
1 month ago

A lovely response and informative – thanks.

Dudeman
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

how did you type that out and think “yes, this is a good thing to post”?

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Dudeman
1 month ago

I ask questions without fearing Orwell’s thought police.

Pvdh
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

Don’t you have some Michigan electors to go harass?

MIKE_IN_DALLAS
Reply to  Pvdh
1 month ago

No

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

Can Swimswam just delete comments like this

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 month ago

Ah, yes! Let’s censor what we despise.

Swimmah
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

What a disgusting display of misogyny. She’s quite accomplished in her own right, which you’d be aware of if you’d cared to look.

swimapologist
Reply to  Swimmah
1 month ago

Look I try to be as woke as possible, but I can’t really wrap my head around why asking what she does for work is misogyny. Can someone lay it out for me?

Quite the contrary – feels to me like it’s giving the ‘faceless spouse’ in the athlete relationship some identity, some personage, some humanity.

WAGs are a big topic of conversation in English football. Except, rarely are they asking about the women’s careers. THAT is misogyny.

iLikePsych
Reply to  swimapologist
1 month ago

I think the core intent behind the question is valid – we already know what Townley does, and so it’s reasonable to ask for more information on what she does. However, I see the issue in the tone of the question. If Mike had asked ‘What does she do for work?’ or ‘Is she a nurse?’ I doubt there would have been much pushback. But the way he phrased his question somewhat implied that she’s lazy or not good enough if she isn’t as accomplished as Townley. Not everyone perceives these types of conversation subtleties the same way, but I think the up/down vote record reflects how his statement was received.

swimapologist
Reply to  iLikePsych
1 month ago

Ok but can you describe that to me? Or is it just a sense? If it’s just a sense, isn’t that the responsibility of the interpreter, not a writer?

If the writer implied that she was lazy with some word choice or some intonation specifically, then we should be able to describe what that is, right?

iLikePsych
Reply to  swimapologist
1 month ago

I agree it’s a sense. I don’t want to pretend to be an expert of sociology. I would argue both the speaker and receiver have responsibility. Obviously people can choose what they are offended over. But the speaker can also choose how to phrase what they say, and can consider whether it would inflammatory to most people. My reference to the voting record indicates that most people did.

I think an analogy would be sarcasm. If you phrased something in a sarcastic way, but you meant it genuinely, should you be surprised if people are bothered by it?

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  swimapologist
1 month ago

Thank you! It’s not misogyny.
It’s called “interest” in the working life of the female partner.

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Swimmah
1 month ago

I looked — and I questioned. Something others don’t do.

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Swimmah
1 month ago

“Disgusting” – please!

Tomek
Reply to  Swimmah
1 month ago

Get a life Swimmah…

Swimmah
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

I have a pretty accomplished one, Tomek, but thank you for your concern ❤️

AndySUP
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

I took the comment to being a reaction to the article content being a little one sided. It is an engagement between someone new and someone we have known about for many years on this website. The new person gets no content in the article and the person we know and love so well gets his history spelled out to us again.

How about we introduce his significant other with some details.

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  AndySUP
1 month ago

Thank you for making the salient observation which was needed – what is her story? We know his.

swimfan_00
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

this is the most stupid comment i’ve ever seen on swimswam

Last edited 1 month ago by swimfan_00
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  swimfan_00
1 month ago

You must be new here.

6-Beat Kick
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

Who literally cares? How about a “congratulations you two” and move on?

Coach Macgyver
1 month ago

Back in the day, we used the term Haas in refer to someone who is a big dog… someone you didn’t want to mess with.

Do kids still use this term?

Admin
Reply to  Coach Macgyver
1 month ago

That’s “Hoss”. Was derived from “horse”. Also the nickname for Corey Harrison, of Pawn Stars fame, with a “Big” in front of it.

Texas A&M Swim Fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Could also be “Hoss” from “Hoss Cartwright” from the “old western” “Bonanza” for us over 65😄!!

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago
Last edited 1 month ago by Coach Macgyver
Admin
Reply to  Coach Macgyver
1 month ago

You’ve now spelled it a 3rd different way.

That’s also one of the worst UD entries I’ve ever read.

gkjhdslks
1 month ago

this is a crowning moment in both of their lives and this is the comment section we give them?

yardfan
Reply to  gkjhdslks
1 month ago

I agree. Congratulations Townley and Megan !!

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  gkjhdslks
1 month ago

all that’s missing are the “who cares? people do x all the time” comments that plague the other articles about personal milestones of elite swimmers

Last edited 1 month ago by Old Man Chalmers
MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel
Reply to  gkjhdslks
1 month ago

They deserve all our best wishes as well as a mention of what the prospective bride does, apart from adoring a worthy young man. I couldn’t quite read the embroidered inscription on her lab coat, so I appreciate the update.

And Townley is quite fortunate not only in his choice, but to have a loving fiancée/wife to cast professionally trained eyes and ears on any aches or pains! (So say the athletes I know partnered to nurses, doctors, etc.)