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Henrico native Townley Haas takes home gold as part of 4x200m relay team

The 19-year-old swam with teammates Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, and Michael Phelps to take home his first medal.

Trevor Dickerson

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Richmonder Townley Haas is officially a gold medal winner in the Rio Olympics. The 19-year-old swimmer and Benedictine graduate swam with teammates Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps–who earned his 21st gold medal last night–to take first place in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay finals.

The American team finished with a time of 7:00.66, inching out England and Japan, whose teams finished with times of 7:03.13 and 7:03.50, respectively.

Haas’s split time, 1:44.14, was the fastest split of any swimmer in the event.

A standout swimmer who attended Benedictine, the Henrico County native also swam for local aquatics organization NOVA in the West End growing up.

A crowd of approximately 100 friends, family, and neighbors gathered outside the Haas family home in the Church Run subdivision to watch him compete Tuesday evening, as captured by NBC12’s Britni McDonald below.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.