Texas Two-Step: Townley Haas Crushes 1:30.46 200 Free


In one of the most eye-popping swims you may ever see, Texas freshman Townley Haas crushed the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open record in the 200 yard freestyle with a final time of 1:30.46.  Fresh off of teammate Joseph Schooling’s 100 butterfly record, Haas came out on a mission, clocking 20.90 in the first 50 and flipping at 43.61 at the 100, nearly a full second under the previous record pace from Simon Burnett of Arizona.  Haas slowed down a bit over the final 100 (closing in “only” a 46.85), but was enough below pace to crush Burnett’s standard.

A comparison of the splits:

Simon Burnett (2006, Atlanta): 21.28, 44.44 [23.16], 1:07.53 [23.09], 1:31.20 [23.67]
Townley Haas (2016, Atlanta): 20.90, 43.61 [22.71], 1:06.92 [23.31], 1:30.46 [23.54]

Impressively, that swim was actually under Haas’ record split from Wednesday night when he was completely fresh.  Doubly impressive: Haas is just a freshman, and has three more years to dip under the 1:30 barrier.

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5 years ago

This NCAA is mind blowing.

5 years ago

This 200 has to be one of the best swims ever. When you think of all the studs who have swum this race at NCAAs in the decade since Burnett’s record and the nearly second Haas took off that time … Just a mind blow

Irish Ringer
5 years ago

Guy has just average turns too so room to take that even lower.

Swimmer Thieroff
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5 years ago

That could also bode well for his long course prospects… Perhaps another potential Olympic contender in the 200 in the making? (Or at least an 800 free relay member?)

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