Texas Boys Continue Eddie Reese’s U.S. Relay Legacy in 200 Free Final


Eddie Reese is one of America’s greatest coaches of all time, and the results of the 200 free final reflect the success his swimmers have had at the last four Olympics in terms of relay appearances.

Across prelims and finals swimmers, he’s had at least three swimmers on U.S. relays at the Games in 2000, 2004, and 2008, and that was the case for multiple relays in 2000 and 2004.

  • 2000 Sydney: Three Longhorns on the 400 medley relay, four on the 800 free relay
    • 400 Medley: Ian Crocker, Gary Hall Jr., Neil Walker, Tommy Hannan
    • 800 Free: Jamie Rauch, Josh Davis, Scott Goldblatt, Nate Dusing
  • 2004 Athens: Four Longhorns on 400 free relay, four on the 400 medley relay
    • 400 Medley: Ian Crocker, Brendan Hansen, Aaron Peirsol, Neil Walker
    • 400 Free: Ian Crocker, Neil Walker, Nate Dusing, Gary Hall Jr.
  • 2008 Beijing: Four Longhorns on the 400 medley relay
    • 400 Medley: Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker, Garrett Weber-Gale

Reese has also coached at least one swimmer to every 800 free relay American team at the Olympics since 1988.

Now in 2016, this should be the fourth time in the last five Olympics that Reese has put at least three of his swimmers on a USA relay.

Townley Haas, who just finished his freshman year with Texas, won the 200 free with a very strong 1:45.66. He earned an individual berth, and third place finisher Jack Conger dropped a 1:45.77 which will get him on the relay as well. Clark Smith was sixth in 1:47.53– he’s not guaranteed a spot on the relay, but considering that Michael Phelps scratched the 200 free altogether, it doesn’t seem likely that they’d bring in anyone besides Smith for prelims, unless they had to limit the roster and only decided to take four or five for this relay.

Things aren’t set in stone yet, but it looks as though Haas, Conger, and Smith will be part of the six swimmers that’ll be on the American 800 relay in Rio. That means Reese has had at least three of his UT swimmers on an American Olympic relay in four of the last five Olympics; the facts speak for themselves.

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Swim mom

Eddie Reese is a genius, hope he never retires.


Very very very impressive Coach Reece . Great job with the youngsters , very happy for them . Us team is already looking super strong and refreshed .


Sorry ,i mispelled , its Coach REESE of course …


Eddie is the GOAT!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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