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.
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. .