Every time I see Coach Eddie Reese he laughs that Townley Haas, 200 and 500 free NCAA Champion, wants to swim the 50. It’s kind of a joke, but not really. Haas swam in 18+ 50 free on a relay during the Texas Speed practice back the fall of 2015. Haas has nitro, and he’s a miler too, 4th in the 1650 at NCAAs. Haas is a rising star to get excited about.
Before the Longhorn Invite Haas’ best unshaven 200 free was a 1:49. He topped the field in a 1:47 point 8 in Austin. His PB–1:47 point 5. With the 1:30 200 yard free NCAA Championship win at his back, Haas has a lot of confidence on the run-up to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.
Predictions for swimmers so young is challenging. Haas is still an infant by elite standards, just coming off of his freshman year at the University of Texas…and Trials is an extremely tough environment. Any experience at Trials is great for his future, but Haas could breakthrough! Is Haas is on, this is what I think could happen…
Based on Haas’ Big 12 to NCAA important, I think Haas is a 1:45 low 200 meter free.
400 Free? Anything under 3:46 point 5 is a solid swim, but I could see him focusing all of his energy on 200 free.
The mile? Push. I just don’t know. Sure, he was 4th at NCAAs, but I think Haas is focused on 200-400m free at US Trials. Still, 14:34 in the 1650 at NCAA is mean, makes him Boss Haas in my book.
100 Free? I think Haas can go 48.4. I think he’s got it in him. I mean everything has to come together for a swim like that, but if he snuck into the final, you’d have a MILER in 100 free final. I don’t know if it could happen, and yes it’s another big 100 free prediction, but I’d love to see it. (NOTE: If Haas is anything under 49, it’s a great swim, but I think he’s the kind of guy that could swim past a lot of men on the final 10 meters. This is out-there prediction, but I’m mentioning it because of his 18+ 50 yard free back in the fall of 2015. Haas has speed.)
What do you think?
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