Townley Haas Swims 2nd Fastest 200 Free Ever To Defend NCAA Title

2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

While the 200 free championship final of the 2017 NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships wasn’t quite as crazy as some might have expected, it was still a very exciting race, and Texas sophomore Townley Haas defended his NCAA title, and threw down the 2nd-fastest swim ever, winning with a 1:31.65 on the third night of the NCAA championships.

Haas looked to be a little slow off the blocks, and was about a tenth behind record pace through most of the swim.  While last year Haas jumped off to the lead, surprising the field, this year he was just a bit behind USC junior Dylan Carter at the 50 free, but quickly made up the deficit, and held off Carter and Indiana junior Blake Pieroni to take the win.

Carter and Pieroni, both of whom  lead off the 800 free relay in sub-1:31 swims Wednesday night, couldn’t quite match those times, but they tied in 2nd in 1:31.16, tied for the 5th of all-time, and ahead of Simon Burnett’s 1:31.20 that stood as the US Open record until Haas demolished it last year.

Here’s what we currently have the ten fastest swims ever in this event:

TOP 10 PERFORMANCES
Place Swimmer Time
1 Townley Haas 1:30.46
2 Townley Haas 1:30.65
3 Blake Pieroni 1:30.87
4 Dylan Carter 1:30.95
5 Blake Pieroni 1:31.16
5 Dylan Carter 1:31.16
7 Simon Burnett 1:31.20
8 Ricky Berens 1:31.31
9 Ryan Held 1:31.37
10 Joao De Lucca 1:31.51

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Onehandtouch

That smile…reminds me of myself when I watched Queens a few weeks ago! Go Royals

Attila the Runt

AND HE BEAT DEAN FARRIS!

Drivinwheel

“Choke” “bomb” “B heat” nope, 4th place 3.5 weeks after full taper. Congrats to Townley, Blake and Dylan, a great race!

Attila the Runt

No, congrats to the The Farris Fanboys for making him a household name in the most hilarious ways. It’s been a gift that keeps on giving. I’m bummed his finished.

Bigly

WHAT?!? NO WAY. JUST WAIT TIL YOU SEE HIM IN THE 200 BACK.

Yale

A final in the 200 back. You heard it here first.

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