Townley Haas Wins 3rd Gold Medal at World Championships
BUDAPEST, Hungary – Texas junior Towny Haas won his third gold medal and fifth overall medal of the week as the 17th FINA World Championships came to a close Sunday evening.
Team USA won gold in the 4x100-meter medley relay, and Haas earned his medal by competing in the event's preliminary round. He helped the Americans post the top qualifying mark of 3:29.66 in the preliminary round with his meet-best anchor split of 47.24 seconds.
Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes, Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian won gold for themselves and the U.S. preliminary-round swimmers with their mark of 3:27.91 in the final. Great Britain won silver in 3:28.95 while Russia rounded out the awards podium in 3:29.76.
Haas adds another gold medal to go with his performances in the 4x100 freestyle relay and the 4x100 mixed freestyle relay. The U.S. Olympian has been a force on relays at the collegiate and international levels since his arrival at Texas two years ago.
Haas has helped the Longhorns to NCAA titles in the 800 freestyle relay (2016) and the 400 freestyle relay (2017). He won gold for Team USA in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympic Games before adding his three gold medals on relays at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
Final Medal Count – Texas Swimming at the FINA World Championships
Madisyn Cox (USA), 2 medals
1 gold (4x200m free relay [prelims]) and 1 bronze (200m IM)
Townley Haas (USA), 5 medals
3 gold (4x100m free relay, 4x100m medley relay [prelims] & 4x100m mixed free relay [prelims)
1 silver, 200m freestyle
1 bronze, 4x200m freestyle relay
Clark Smith (USA), 1 medal
Bronze, 4x200m freestyle relay prelims
Jack Conger (USA), 1 medal
Bronze, 4x200m freestyle relay
Joseph Schooling (Singapore), 1 medal
Bronze, 100m butterfly