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)


Swimmer Haas wins gold; Holmes leads U.S. women’s basketball team

Posted July 23rd, 2017

Story highlights
  • Junior Townley Haas helps U.S. men's 4x100 freestyle relay team win at World Championships.
  • Joyner Holmes scores 14 points as U.S. routs China in U19 World Cup.
  • Rowers, volleyball player make their marks in world competition.

Texas junior swimmer Townley Haas won a major international gold medal for the second straight year as he helped the U.S. men’s team win the 4×100-meter freestyle relay Sunday at the Fina World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Haas, Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni and Nathan Adrian swam the final in 3 minutes, 10.06 seconds, just 0.28 seconds faster than Brazil. Haas’ split of 47.46 seconds on the second leg was even faster than his relay-best 47.60 anchor in the preliminary round.

Haas shared in the U.S. gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics last year.


Also Sunday, UT senior Joseph Schooling advanced to the final of the men’s 50-meter butterfly, and former Longhorn Madisyn Cox qualified for the final of the women’s 200-meter individual medley.

Women’s basketball: UT sophomore Joyner Holmes led Team USA with 14 points and contributed nine rebounds in a 91-51 victory over China on Sunday at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cividale del Friuli, Italy.

Holmes had two assists and two steals, and she was 4-for-4 on free throws in 16 minutes on the court. UT sophomore Alecia Sutton added three points and a rebound for the U.S. team.

“China was a fast team,” Holmes said. “They looked to get the ball up in transition. They did a lot of backdoor cuts, especially in that second half. I think we just had to play solid on defense and be disciplined on defense in order to pull out this win tonight.”

Team USA took advantage of 20 Chinese turnovers to score 31 points ad had a 57-37 edge in rebounds.

Next up for the Americans is another preliminary round game against Italy on Tuesday.

Rowing: Texas All-Americans Emily Froehlich and Mariam Soufi paced the U.S. women’s eight boat to a silver medal Sunday at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

Volleyball: UT freshman Brionne Butler had 11 kills and two blocks to lead the U.S. women’s junior national team over Bulgaria 25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 25-16, 15-9 Sunday at the World Championships in Cordoba, Mexico.

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