Winnetka native Conor Dwyer will be competing for the gold for the second time in four days after the U.S. team swam the fastest time in the 800-meter freestyle relay heats in London Tuesday.
Dwyer and teammates swam in 7:6.75, 3.75 seconds faster than runner-up Austrailia in their heat.
It's not guaranteed Dwyer will swim in the final four-men freestyle relay, but if the team were to win, Dwyer would receive a medal.
The medal event is scheduled for 2:51 p.m. Chicago time. Dwyer's friends and family will be gathering around 2 p.m. at Stormy's, 1735 Orchard Ln. in Northfield, to watch the event. NBC's website will feature a live stream of the event.
Dwyer, a alum, . He qualified for the finals after coming in third in the heats earlier in the day with 3:46.24.