Townley Haas Knew Dean Farris Was Going to be Out Fast (Video)

2019 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by Anne Lepesant.

MEN’S 200M FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • American record: 1:42.96, 2008, Michael Phelps
  • U.S. Open record: 1:44.10, 2008, Michael Phelps
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 1:46.23, 2005, Peter van den Hoogenband

Podium:

  1. Townley Haas (NOVA) – 1:45.92
  2. Zach Apple (MVN) – 1:46.76
  3. Fernando Scheffer (MTC) – 1:47.31

Dean Farris, the fastest qualifier out of heats, shot off the blocks to get an early lead on the field with 24.15. He was 50.6 at the 100 wall, half a second faster than he’d been out in his morning swim. With Zach Apple and Townley Haas on his heels, Farris maintained his lead through the 150. He had a strong final turn but fell off pace significantly over the final 50 meters. Haas, out in 50.98, came home with a pair of 27-mids to win with 1:45.92. Farris faded to 4th as Zach Apple (1:46.76) and Fernando Scheffer (1:47.31) passed him over the final 20 meters.

In This Story

8
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of

8 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
marklewis
3 years ago

Townley caught Dean at the 150 turn and then powered home for the win. The 200 LCM distance seems to be perfect for Townley.

The Texas coaches should work with Dean on pacing, because the 200 LCM free cannot be swim all out without hitting the wall. Some coaches will give their swimmers a plan for each 50 as a way to focus on pace.

Jeff
Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

Not to be glib on purpose, but I am sure they do

billy bob
Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

we’ll need guys going out that fast next summer!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  billy bob
3 years ago

yep , like Farris , out fast but not too fast …

ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

Love to see those 0n the relay next year ….they have everything to do it

ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

he should …he would get laughs & insights

swimfast
3 years ago

Lol I love how he refutes “back halfing” to basically say that Farris just died so he of course came home faster…Haas isn’t bad at interviews, he’s just blunt. Great swim by him

Tomek
3 years ago

Another great interview by Townley!

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

Read More »