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Darian Townsend
  • Sophomore
  • Free
  • Montrose, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (Maritzburg)

2004 Olympic Gold Medalist 4x100-meter Relay (World Record)
2005 NCAA Champion 800 Freestyle Relay
2005 SEC Champion 200 freestyle
2005 SEC Champion 800 freestyle relay (U.S. Open, NCAA, SEC and UF Records)
2005 SEC Champion 400 freestyle relay
2005 SEC Champion 400 medley relay Six-Time All-American

Career Best Times
Short Course (Yards)

50 Free - 10.18 (2005 SEC Championships)
100 Free - 43.30 (2005 SEC Championships)
200 Free - 1:34.41 (2005 SEC Championships)
100 Fly - 49.80 (Minnesota, 10/29/04)
200 Back - 1:52.61 (SMU, 1/13/05)
200 IM - 1:53.73 (Alabama, 1/24/05)

National/International Competition
Competed for South Africa on the world-record-setting and gold-medal-winning 400-meter FR team that posted a time of 3:13.17 and finished 37th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.04 at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece Finished fourth in the 100 free (50.77 seconds) in the Athens Test Meet Placed second in the 200 IM (2:04.84) and third in the 200 free (1:51.38) at the Mase Nostrum Recorded third-place finishes at the South African Nationals in the 200 free (1:50.07) and 100 free (49.80) Competed in the 50 free (23.45), 100 free (49.84) and the 200 free (1:50.57) at the FINA World Cup Won the 200 free in a time of 1:48.65 at the South African Short Course Championships, where he also placed second in the 100 free (48.56), third in the 100 IM (56.49) and fourth in the 50 free (22.58) Swam a leg on the 4x100 FR team that finished eighth at the 2003 World Championships Placed fourth in the 100 free (48.56) and fifth in the 200 free (1:47.29) at the 2003 World Cup Finished third at the 2003 South African Nationals in the 100 free in a time of 50.12 Recorded a third-place finish in the 200 IM (2:08.0) at the 2002 South African Nationals Earned two first-place finishes (200 IM (2:11.0) and 100 free (52.93)) at the 2002 South African Prestige.

At Florida

(2004-05) Member of the 800 FR team that broke the U.S. Open, NCAA and SEC records (6:16.25) Won first career national title by helping the 800 FR (6:16.53) set an NCAA meet record time Finished fourth as a member of the 400 FR (2:52.07), sixth in the 400 MR (3:08.55), eighth in the 200 FR (1:18.32), ninth 200 free (1:34.05), 12th in the 100 free (43.59) and 23rd in the 50 free at the 2005 NCAA Championships Racked up six All-American honors in first trip to NCAAs Won SEC titles in the 200 free (1:34.41), 800 FR (6:16.25), and 400 MR (3:07.87) and 400 FR (2:50.68) Took third in the 100 free (43.30) and 13th in the 50 free (20.18) at the SEC Championships Earned six All-SEC honors Won the 200 free (1:38.63) vs. Indian River C.C. (2/5/05) Placed third in the 200 MR (1:30.47) Member of the winning 400 MR (3:14.13) and placed second the 100 free (44.99) against Virginia (1/28/05) Won the 200 IM (1:53.73) and took third in the 100 free (45.79) at Alabama (1/22/05) Second in the 50 free (20.69), second in the 400 MR (3:15.94) and third in the 100 free (45.14) at Auburn (1/21/05) Recorded a first-place performance in the 800 FR (6:34.14), second in the 400 FR (2:59.82) and fourth-place finishes in the 50 free (21.02), 100 free (46.14) and in the 100 fly (50.73) adding a fifth place in the 200 FR (1:23.13) at the Dallas Morning News Classic Placed first in the 400 MR (3:18.62), fourth in the 50 free (21.04) and in the 200 back (1:52.61) at SMU (1/13/05) Took top honors in the 100 (45.00) and 200 free (1:38.83), in addition to the 400 MR (3:20.89) at Florida State (11/16/04) Claimed the 50 (20.53) and 100 free (44.73) vs. Texas and South Carolina (11/12/04) Notched wins in the 400 (2:59.01) and 800 FR (6:37.58) and earned a pair of third-place finishes at the Boilermaker Challenge in the 50 (20.76) and 100 free (44.92) Won the 50 (20.68) and 100 free (44.70) and took top honors as a member of the 200 MR (1:30.18) while placing third in the 100 fly (49.80) vs. Minnesota in his first career action as a Gator.

High School
Captured eight school championships in eight record times Won first place in the U16 School Championships in the 200 free (1:49.00), 200 IM (2:00.00) and the 100 back (56.4 seconds) Recorded first-place finishes in the U17 School Championships in the 200 IM (1:57.8), 100 breast (1:02.7) and the 50 fly (24.9 seconds) Won the Open Division at the School Championships in the 200 IM (1:58.3) and 50 fly (24.7 seconds) Awarded honors in 2001 for swimming and water polo Received school colors in 2000 for swimming and water polo Member of the 2001 South African School's water polo team that toured Australia and was voted as his squad's best player Member of South African School water polo team that toured Italy and Hungary.

Club Swam for the Seals Pietermaritzburg Coached by Wayne Riddin and Graham Hill.


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