(Update 2:15 p.m.) Winnetka native and Loyola Academy alum Conor Dwyer fell shy of an Olympic medal today with a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:46.39, .15 seconds slower than his preliminary heat.
The race was won by China’s Sui Yang in a world record time of 3:40.18 with South Korea’s Pak Taew-hwan earning the silver medal and Peter Vanderkaay of the United States wining bronze.
(Earlier 1 p.m.)In one of the first Olympic events, Conor Dwyer was one of the fastest.
The Winnetka resident, Lake Forest Swim Club member and Loyola Academy alum had the third-fastest time in the 400-meter freestyle qualifying swim today registering a 3:46.24. Dwyer finished behind Yang Sun of China (3:45.07) and fellow American Peter Vanderkaay 3:45.80.
He will take a break in the first full day of Olympic competition before going for the gold in the 400-meter finals at approxinately 1:50 p.m. local time.
The 400-meter freestyle event comprises eight lengths of the pool. Swimmers dive in to start and must touch the side of the pool in their turns.
Lake Forest's Matt Grevers swims for his gold medal in the 100 backstroke Sunday.