Conor Dwyer

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Conor Dwyer
Conor Dwyer after 200 free heat (3502581).jpg
Dwyer in 2017
Personal information
Full nameConor James Dwyer
National team United States
Born (1989-01-10) January 10, 1989 (age 31)
Winnetka, Illinois
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight89 kg (196 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle, individual medley
ClubLake Forest Swim Club
Gator Swim Club
North Baltimore Aquatic Club
College teamUniversity of Iowa
University of Florida

Conor James Dwyer (born January 10, 1989) is a former American competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist. He competed in freestyle and medley events, and won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. 4×200-meter freestyle relay team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In total, he has won seventeen medals in major international competitions: nine gold, six silver, and two bronze spanning the Summer Olympics, the FINA World Championships, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Pan American Games. Dwyer placed second at the 2016 US Olympic Swimming Trials in the 400m freestyle.[1]

On 11 October 2019 it was announced by USADA that Dwyer had failed a series of anti-doping tests in late 2018. It had been found that he had banned anabolic steroids, namely testosterone in the form of pellets, surgically inserted into his body. Dwyer was banned for 20 months and was expected to miss the 2020 Summer Olympics before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] He announced his retirement from competitive swimming shortly after the suspension was announced.[3]

Early years[edit]

Dwyer was born in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Patrick and Jeanne Dwyer.[4][5] His mother was an All-American swimmer for the Florida State Seminoles swimming team and continues to teach swimming lessons to this day.[5][6] Dwyer is the second oldest of five children in his family, including PJ, Pati, Brendan, and his twin brother Spencer.[5] Spencer is a personal trainer who has trained the likes of Chance the Rapper.

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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[5] He graduated from Loyola in 2007.[5]

Swimming career[edit]

Collegiate[edit]

Dwyer first attended the University of Iowa and swam for the Iowa Hawkeyes swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Big Ten Conference competition during the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons.[7] After his second year, he transferred to the University of Florida, where he swam for coach Gregg Troy's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in NCAA and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition during the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons.[8] 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.[8] Dwyer was named SEC Swimmer of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.[8] Dwyer finished his college career with twelve All-American honors and three NCAA titles (two individual and one relay).[8] 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, California, Dwyer qualified for the U.S. national team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay by finishing fifth in the 200-meter freestyle.[9] Dwyer also placed fifth in the 200-meter individual medley and sixth in the 400-meter freestyle.[10][11]

At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, China, 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.[12]

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.[13][14]

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

2012 Summer Olympics[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.[15] 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.[16] Dwyer capped the trials with a third-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley finishing again behind Phelps and Lochte.[17] 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 men's 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, Spain, 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 4×200-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.

2016 Olympics[edit]

At the 2016 Olympics, he was again part of the US 4 × 200 m freestyle team that won gold, and won bronze in the 200 m freestyle individual event.[4]

2019 Swimming ban and retirement[edit]

In October 2019, Dwyer was handed a 20-month competitive ban after testing positive for an anabolic agent by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).[18]

The American Arbitration Association found that Dwyer consulted on health issues with his trainer Reardon and obstetrician-gynecologist Dana Russo, and the latter concluded his testosterone levels were in the 5th percentile. Thereafter, Dwyer was using a hormone therapy product BioTe, plant-derived testosterone, that were implanted as pellets beneath the skin in October 2018.[19]

Russo told the arbitration panel that she had asked someone on the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee if the treatment was allowed, but the person could not be identified.[19]

Months after commencing the hormone treatment in October 2018, Dwyer was informed that he had tested positive for an anabolic agent in 3 out-of-competition drug tests.[3] He announced his retirement from swimming shortly after the 20-month suspension was announced by the USADA in October 2019, after the arbitration panel concluded the results.[20]

Personal bests (long course)[edit]

As of August 8, 2016
Event Time Venue Date
100 m freestyle 48.94 Indianapolis June 25, 2013
200 m freestyle 1:45.23 Rio de Janeiro August 8, 2016
400 m freestyle 3:43.42 Rio de Janeiro August 6, 2016
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

Modeling career[edit]

Besides being a professional swimmer, Dwyer is also an internationally signed model.[21] In 2019, Dwyer is the face of Philippine-based international clothing brand BENCH's men's wear campaign in the United States and North America.[22][23][24][25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ AAA Panel Imposes 20-Month Sanction on U.S. Swimming Athlete Conor Dwyer for Doping Violation, from usada.org
  3. ^ a b "2-Time Olympic Champion Retires From Swimming After 20-Month Ban For Using Testosterone Pellets". Time. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Conor Dwyer". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
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  6. ^ USA Swimming, National Team Bios, Conor Dwyer Archived June 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
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  14. ^ "2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships – Men's 400-metre individual medley (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
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  19. ^ a b Keilman, John. "North Shore swimmer Conor Dwyer, aiming to qualify for his 3rd Olympics, sought treatment to get his 'mojo' back. Then he was accused of doping". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
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  21. ^ https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/330326/olympian-conor-dwyer-has-a-modeling-secret-kelsey-merritt/
  22. ^ https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/kelsey-merritt-conor-dwyer-bench-endorser-a1320-20190321
  23. ^ https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/fashion-and-beauty/2019/04/03/1906718/olympic-high-conor-dwyer-arthur-nory-and-bench
  24. ^ https://cnnphilippines.com/life/leisure/fitness/2019/4/2/Arthur-Nory-and-Conor-Dwyer.html
  25. ^ https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/kelsey-merritt-boyfriend-conor-dwyer-walks-runway-bench-fashion-week-a292-20190331

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