WATCH Townley Haas Swim 1:30.46 in 200 Yard Free


When Townley Haas swam a 1:30.52 on Wednesday for the fastest 800 free relay split in history, the wheels started turning on the possibility that he could go after Simon Burnett’s legendary flat-start record of 1:31.20.

Little did anyone suspect at that time that Haas would not only demolish Burnett’s record (as just a freshman), but he’d be even faster on his flat start than his relay start, and two days later into the four-day meet. That’s not how swimming is supposed to work.

But Haas managed to do just that, and MySwimPro posted a video of the swim on their Twitter account.

As reported by Morgan Priestley:

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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4 years ago

ESPN , always the best coverage in putting the entire race – Those guys rock

4 years ago

Wow!!! Dipped under the :30 barrier!!!

Swimmer Thieroff
4 years ago

‘Watch Townley Haas swim the first 25, the wall into his 100, and finish his 200’
Does ESPN own the rights to all of tonight’s races of will there be a full recap that we can find somewhere like last night’s finals?

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