Olympics Update: Dwyer Takes Fifth in 400 Freestyle

The Winnetka native and Loyola Academy alum clocks third fastest time in prelims but fails to medal.

Winnetka native and Loyola Academy alum Conor Dwyer fell shy of an Olympic medal Saturday 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.

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The Winnetka resident, Lake Forest Swim Club member and  alum had the third-fastest time in the 400-meter freestyle qualifying swim Saturday registering a 3:46.24. Dwyer finished behind Yang Sun of China (3:45.07) and fellow American Peter Vanderkaay 3:45.80.

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 l in the 100 backstroke Sunday, and will be swimming in the final today to go for the gold. . 

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