Ed Townsend (swimmer)

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Ed Townsend
Personal information
Full name Robert Edward Townsend, Jr.
Nickname(s) "Ed"
National team United States
Born (1943-09-13) September 13, 1943 (age 74)
Santa Clara, California
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Santa Clara Swim Club
College team Yale University

Robert Edward Townsend, Jr. (born September 13, 1943) is an American former competition swimmer, Pan American Games gold medalist, and former world record-holder.

Townsend won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 1963 Pan American Games. He participated in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[1] Under the 1964 Olympic swimming rules, he was ineligible for a medal, however, because he did not swim in the relay final.

Townsend attended Yale University, where he was a standout swimmer for coach Phil Moriarty's Yale Bulldogs swimming and diving team from 1963 to 1965. He won an NCAA national championship in the 400-yard individual medley (1963), and three more as a member of winning Yale teams in the 400-yard freestyle relay (1963, 1964, 1965).[2]

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  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ed Townsend. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  2. ^ IvyLeagueSports.com, History of the Ivy league, NCAA Championships (1957–Present). Retrieved September 25, 2012.

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