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Ed Townsend

Born: Sep 13, 1943

Birthplace: Santa Clara

Nationality: United States

Ed Townsend

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1943
Birth Place : Santa Clara

Robert Edward Townsend, Jr. 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 4x200-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 4x200-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, and three more as a member of winning Yale teams in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

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