Conor Dwyer

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Conor Dwyer
Personal information
Full name Conor James Dwyer
Nationality  United States
Born (1989-01-10) January 10, 1989 (age 25)
Evanston, Illinois
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, individual medley
Club Lake Forest Swim Club
Gator Swim Club
North Baltimore Aquatic Club
College team University of Iowa
University of Florida

Conor James Dwyer (born January 10, 1989) is an American competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist. He competes in freestyle and medley events, and won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. 4x200-meter freestyle relay team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Dwyer was born in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Patrick and Jeanne Dwyer.[1][2] His mother was an All-American swimmer for the Florida State Seminoles swimming team.[2][3] Dwyer is the second oldest of five children in his family.[2]

He grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and attended Loyola Academy, a Catholic high school in Wilmette, Illinois, where he swam for the Loyola Academy Ramblers high school swim team for four years.[2] As a senior team captain, he was the league champion in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.03) and runner-up in 500-yard freestyle (4:45.15), received all-section and all-league honors, and was his team's most valuable swimmer.[2] In addition to swimming, he played baseball, lacrosse and water polo. In water polo, he earned third-team all-state and first-team all-section, all-region and all-league honors.[2] He graduated from Loyola in 2007.[2]

Swimming career[edit]

Collegiate[edit]

Dwyer first attended the University of Iowa and swam for the Iowa Hawkeyes swimming and diving team during the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons.[4] After his sophomore year, he transferred to the University of Florida, where he swam for coach Gregg Troy's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in 2009–10 and 2010–11.[5] In 2010, he won individual titles at the NCAA national championships in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle, and was honored as the NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.[5] Dwyer was named Southeastern Conference Swimmer of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.[5] Dwyer finished his college career with twelve All-American honors and three NCAA titles (two individual and one relay).[5] He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2011.

2010–11[edit]

At the 2010 ConocoPhillips United States National Championships in Irvine, Dwyer qualified for the U.S. national team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay by finishing fifth in the 200-meter freestyle.[6] Dwyer also placed fifth in the 200-meter individual medley and sixth in the 400-meter freestyle.[7][8]

At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Dwyer swam in the heats of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay and earned a gold medal when the United States won in the final. Teaming with David Walters, Ricky Berens, and Peter Vanderkaay, Dwyers swam the second leg and recorded a time of 1:47.31.[9]

At the 2011 ConocoPhillips United States National Championships in Palo Alto, California, Dwyer won the 200-meter individual medley and placed second in the 400-meter individual medley.[10][11]

Shortly after the 2011 National Championships, Dwyer competed at the 2011 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara. At the competition, he won four medals (one gold, three silver) which included two individual silver medals.

2012 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, the qualifying meet for the Olympics, Dwyer made the U.S. Olympic team for the first time by finishing second behind Peter Vanderkaay in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:47.83.[12] During the last 100 meters of the 400-meter freestyle, he split a 56.81 seconds that helped him edge out Michael Klueh and Charlie Houchin for the second spot. Dwyer also qualified for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay by finishing fourth in the 200-meter freestyle behind Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens.[13] Dwyer capped the trials with a third place finish in the 200-meter individual medley finishing again behind Phelps and Lochte.[14] During the 2012 Olympic Trials, Dwyer achieved personal bests in all of the events in which he competed.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Dwyer swam his first race in the 400-meter freestyle. In the heats of the 400-meter freestyle, Dwyer achieved a personal best of 3:46.24 (with his prior being 3:47.83) to qualify for the final. In the final of the 400-meter freestyle, Dwyer placed fifth with a time of 3:46.39, slightly slower than the time he posted in the heats. In his second and last event, the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Dwyer earned a gold medal when the U.S. team placed first in the final with a time of 6:59.70. Teaming with Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Michael Phelps, Dwyer swam the second leg in a time of 1:45.23.

2013 World Championships[edit]

At the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Dwyer earned his first medal, a silver, by swimming for the U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Swimming the anchor leg in the heats, Dwyer recorded a time of 48.36. In his first individual event, the 200-meter freestyle, Dwyer won silver behind Frenchman Yannick Agnel, recording a personal best time of 1:45.32. At the 150-meter mark, Dwyer was in fifth place, but had a final 50 split of 26.59 to grab the second spot. His final 50 was the fastest among the field. In the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, Dwyer combined with Ryan Lochte, Charlie Houchin, and Ricky Berens, with the team finishing in first place. Swimming the lead-off, Dwyer recorded a split of 1:45.76, and the team finished with a final time of 7:01.72.

Personal bests (long course)[edit]

As of July 30, 2013.
Event Time Venue Date
100 m freestyle 48.94 Indianapolis June 25, 2013
200 m freestyle 1:45.32 Barcelona July 30, 2013
400 m freestyle 3:46.24 London July 28, 2012
200 m individual medley 1:57.74 Indianapolis June 29, 2013
400 m individual medley 4:15.39 Santa Clara June 1, 2013

Personal bests (short course)[edit]

Event Time Venue Date
200 m individual medley 1:53.03 Berlin August 8, 2013
400 m individual medley 3:59.90 Berlin August 7, 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Conor Dwyer. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g GatorZone.com, Men's Swimming & Diving, 2010–11 Roster, Conor Dwyer. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  3. ^ USA Swimming, National Team Bios, Conor Dwyer. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  4. ^ HawkeyeSports.com, Swimming & Diving, Conor Dwyer. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Florida Swimming & Diving 2011–12 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 59, 61, 63, 67, 69, 72, 74, 77, 78, 80 (2011). Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships – Men's 200 metre freestyle (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  7. ^ "2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships – Men's 200 metre individual medley (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  8. ^ "2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships – Men's 400 metre freestyle (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  9. ^ "2011 World Aquatics Championships – Men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay (heats)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  10. ^ "2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships – Men's 200 metre individual medley (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  11. ^ "2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships – Men's 400 metre individual medley (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  12. ^ "2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (swimming) – Men's 400 metre freestyle (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  13. ^ "2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (swimming) – Men's 200 metre freestyle (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  14. ^ "2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (swimming) – Men's 200 metre individual medley (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 

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