Townley Haas of the United States poses for a photo with his gold medal on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


WATCH: LHN tells story of how swimmer Townley Haas, family forever changed by Virginia Tech tragedy

Posted May 5th, 2017


Townley Haas has made waves in the swimming world since arriving at Texas, winning multiple national championships and an Olympic gold medal as part of the United States 4×200 meter freestyle relay in Rio last summer. The sophomore is leaving a legacy as a Longhorn, but his family will forever be tied to Virginia Tech.

RELATED: Texas swimmers work through post-Olympic blues, dominate at NCAAs

Longhorn Network recently did a piece on how Haas’s older sister, Emily, was among the victims of the horrific attack 10 years ago on the Virginia Tech campus. Emily survived a gun shot to the back of her head during the shooting that killed 32 people on April 16, 2007.


The family returned to Blacksburg for the 10-year anniversary of the attack, and Townley Haas and his mother, Lori Haas, reflected on their memories of that day. You can watch the full piece below.

News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of is included with an Austin American-Statesman subscription in addition to and the ePaper edition. Subscribe today at