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Richmond’s Townley Haas set for Men’s 200m freestyle final at Rio Olympics

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 17:15:13-04
OMAHA, NE - JUNE 29: Townley Haas of the United States competes in a preliminary heat of the Men's 100 meter freestyle during Day 4 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 29, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

OMAHA, NE – JUNE 29: Townley Haas of the United States competes in a preliminary heat of the Men’s 100 meter freestyle during Day 4 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 29, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond native and Benedictine graduate Townley Haas is set to swim for gold Monday night in the Men’s 200m freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Haas, 19, qualified for the finals after posting the sixth best time in the semifinals Sunday night. The top eight semifinalist advanced to Monday’s final.

  1. Sun Yang – China: 1:44.63
  2. Kosuke Hagino – Japan: 1:45.45
  3. Conor Dwyer – United States: 1:45.55
  4. Paul Biedermann – Germany: 1:45.69
  5. Aleksandr Krasnykh – Russia: 1:45.69
  6. Townley Haas – United States: 1:45.92

The Men’s 200m freestyle final is scheduled for 9:21 p.m. at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Click here to watch live.

Haas, who also swam for NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, just completed his first year at the University of Texas. The accomplished swimmer won the 200 and 500 freestyle at the NCAA Championships this year.

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28: (L-R) Ryan Lochte, Townley Haas and Conor Dwyer of the United States participate in the award ceremony for the Men's 200 Meter Freestyle during Day 3 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 28, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

OMAHA, NE – JUNE 28: (L-R) Ryan Lochte, Townley Haas and Conor Dwyer of the United States participate in the award ceremony for the Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle during Day 3 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 28, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

Haas is also a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay team which includes Longhorn training partner Jack Conger and veterans Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer.

The Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay heats begin Tuesday afternoon with the final at 10:38 p.m.