UT's Townley Haas, shown here competing at the Phillips 66 National Championships in June of 2017, helped Team USA to the 4x200 freestyle relay gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Townley Haas takes fourth individual title at NCAA Championships

Posted March 22nd, 2018

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Texas junior Townley Haas won his fourth career individual NCAA championship by finishing first in the 500-yard freestyle in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday.

The All-American highlighted the second day of the NCAA Championships by claiming his second NCAA title in the event. Haas won his first 500 title as a freshman. Thursday’s win in 4 minutes, 8.60 seconds makes it four straight for Texas in the event. Clark Smith won the title in 2015, the first time Texas had won the event, and 2017.

“I like to get out there and be aggressive, nothing too complicated,” Haas said. “At Texas we tend to get better as the meet goes on. I think that was a pretty good start. We take it one session at a time.”

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Haas also has two 200 freestyle championships to his name. He won those in 2016 and 2017.

Sam Pomajevich, a freshman, made the final as well and came in sixth at 4:12.83.

After Thursday’s results, the Longhorns have 159 points and sit in third place, trailing first place Indiana by 10 points. N.C. State is second with 165 points.

The Longhorns started the day with a fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Brett Ringgold, Tate Jackson, Joseph Schooling and John Shebat finished in 1:15.27.

The Texas divers contributed 32 points in the one-meter event. Jordan Windle led with a fifth place showing after scoring 412.80 points. Grayson Campbell took eighth with 387.45 points. Jacob Cornish competed in the consolation final and finished 10th overall with 366.75 points. All three earned All-America finishes.

Jonathan Roberts finished the 200 individual medley in 1:42.58 to take 13th overall.

Ringgold added a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle consolation final. He clocked a time of 19.12. Schooling came in fifth in the consolation final with a time of 19.29. In the championship final, Caeleb Dressel of Florida made history by recording the fastest ever 50 freestyle for the second time that day. He opened with a 17.81 in the 200 relay, and finished with a 17.63 in the 50 final.

The Longhorns capped the night with a win in the 400 medley relay consolation final. Austin Katz, Sam Stewart, Schooling and Jackson teamed up to finish in 3:03.56.

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