Ed Townsend (swimmer)
|Full name||Robert Edward Townsend, Jr.|
|National team||United States|
September 13, 1943 |
Santa Clara, California
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|Club||Santa Clara Swim Club|
|College team||Yale University|
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. 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).
- List of Yale University people
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres freestyle relay
- World record progression 4 × 200 metres freestyle relay
- Ed Townsend – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
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