Swimming: Winnetka’s Dwyer still in pursuit of Olympic medal
U.S. swimmer Conor Dwyer competes in the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay heats, during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Tuesday. | FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages
Updated: July 31, 2012 3:22PM
Conor Dwyer missed out on an individual medal Saturday, but the Loyola graduate gets one more chance today.
Although it’s not confirmed, the Winnetka native most likely will swim a leg in the 800-meter relay at the London Olympic Games, possibly alongside superstars Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. The U.S. team is favored to win.
The race is set for 2:47 p.m. Central Time.
Over the weekend, Dwyer finished fifth in the 400 freestyle, clocking a time of 3:46.39. China’s Sun Yang won the gold in 3:40.14, an Olympic record.
Dwyer’s 3:46.24 in the prelims was a personal-best for the former Florida Gator.
Even if Dwyer doesn’t swim on the relay this afternoon’s finals, he still will collect a medal if the team places.