Townley Haas swims on his way to winning the men's 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming national championships in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Townley Haas wins 200 freestyle at USA Swimming National Championships

Posted June 28th, 2017

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Townley Haas, 2016 Olympic gold medalist and rising junior at Texas, won the 200-meter freestyle at the USA Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. on Wednesday.

It’s his second straight U.S. title in the event.

Haas’ time of 1:45.58 earned him the win and is the second best time in the world this year. Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang of China has the fastest time.

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Haas took fifth place in the event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He also earned a gold medal as a member of the 800 freestyle relay team last year.

With the win in Wednesday’s race, Haas earned two additional berths to the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary next month. He’ll compete in the 200 freestyle and the 800 freestyle relay as a result of his win. Haas qualified for the 400 freestyle relay on Tuesday.

Also competing at the USA Swimming National Championships was Texas ex Clark Smith, who finished fifth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.29. It’s possible he will be in the 800 freestyle relay group that will compete at the World Championships.

Jonathan Roberts, a soon-to-be senior at Texas, finished fifth in the 200 freestyle consolation final in 1:48.54.

Will Licon, another former Longhorn, finished in fifth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:09.68.

Austin Katz, an incoming freshman at UT, earned fifth place in the 200 backstroke final in 1:57.60.

Claire Adams, a rising sophomore for the Longhorns, took the 200 backstroke bonus final in 2:11.86.

Evie Pfeifer, another incoming freshman, finished in fifth in the 200 freestyle bonus final with a time of 2:01.45.

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