Conor Dwyer Swims 2nd Race of 2018 at Los Angeles Invite


  • USC Uytengsu Aquatic Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • July 12th-15th
  • Prelims at 8:30 a.m., finals at 5 p.m.
  • Psych sheet
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2018 CA Los Angeles Invite (1)”

American National Teamer and Olympian Conor Dwyer has raced for just the 2nd time this season in prelims on day 2 of the 2018 Los Angeles Invite. Representing the USC-based Trojan Swim Club, Dwyer swam a prelims 100 free time of 49.71 on Friday morning, which put him behind only Trojan teammate Vlad Morozov in the heats.

That race is just the 2nd competitive swim August for Dwyer. He swam a single 200 free in long course in April at the Pro Swim Series meet in Mesa, where he finished in 1:49.45 before scratching out of finals.

Dwyer followed a similar pattern after the Olympics, taking an 8-month break, swimming a single race (then a 100 free) in April, and a full schedule in Santa Clara a few weeks before Nationals. At Nationals, he qualified for the World Championship team as only a prelims member of the 800 free relay. He split 1:47.77 on the leadoff, the Americnas’ slowest morning split, as they snuck into finals in 7th place before swapping 3 legs and winning bronze in the evening.

The 2018 US National Championships run from July 25th-29th. There, only the top 4 in the 100 and 200 free, Dwyer’s best events right now, qualify for Pan Pacs (versus the 6 who usually qualify for Worlds or Olympics), because there are no relay prelims.

Other Day 2 Morning Swims of Note:

  • China’s Yufei Zhang led the women’s 200 fly qualifiers in 2:12.01, and her countrymate Liyan Yu qualified 3rd in 2:12.80. Katinka Hosszu, who revealed on Thursday evening that she’s back training with Dave Salo for now, is wedged in-between in 2:12.68.
  • Hosszu qualified 1st in the 200 back in 2:13.62, which was the next event after the 200 back.
  • Chinese 18-year old Shuchang Zhou led men’s 200 fly qualifiers in 2:00.68 – a second ahead of the top American Andrew Koutsik, also 18, from Irvine Novaquatics.

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The Americans won bronze in the evening, Zane Grothe was passed by both the Russians and the Brits in the final leg. GB upset the field for gold, Russia pulled in a silver medal and the US settled for bronze.


Zane was the anchor leg, and he was going up against the fastest swimmers on the GB and Russia teams.

A tough spot for him to be in. He wasn’t a 200 free specialist like Conger, Haas and Pieroni. It looked like he lost the relay for the USA, but he gave it his all. He had swum the heats and finals of both the 400 and 800 free earlier in the meet.


They should’ve had Haas anchor, but can’t take it back.


I think the order was fine, strategically. The real issue the USA had was a weak (compared to the top two teams) 4th leg. If you switch Zane and Haas, then Haas dives in 0.7 behind the other two teams. I think the best strategy was to front load that team and get as far out as possible for Zane and put doubt in the other teams heads. Just didn’t work out. The USA needs another guy that can swim a 145 high to make the relay compete for gold, or have another guy join Haas in the 1:44 range. Pieroni was very fast this spring in short course, would be great to have he AND Townley at or below… Read more »

bobo gigi

Without MP it’s harder for USA to win a 4X200 free relay.
But I’m not too worried about them. They will quickly rebound. Haas, Conger and Pieroni, that’s very solid. Then in 2020 I’m pretty sure a new young talent will be in 1.45. Kibler or Foster or Callan or Lasco can be the answer. And who knows with Dressel?


Lochte might the 4th 1.45 guy soon ……lets wait and see


Do the French have an 800 free relay?


Dressels gotta step up….maybe lochte


Only Haas from the relay pool carried his form over from Nationals to Worlds (excluding Dressel who was busy) so the coaches felt they had to front load it. On paper they looked in decent shape after Indy and if more swimmers had held on to that form in Hungary the coaches may have gone with something more like the traditional 2-3-4-1 order.


…he still got passed. People bash Lochte for getting passed in 2012 in the 4 free relay. Sucks, but he still got passed. It will be so interesting to see Zane’s results at Nationals/Pan Pacs since hes been touted to be the next great thing.


His best event is the 400, and then the 800 free next. His 200 free is not as consistent. Last year at Nationals, it was the first event he swam, so he was fresh and he went a 1:46 to get third.


Anyone bashing Lochte is having a disengeuous conversation with themselves. His split (47.7) was consistent with what he has historically done on that relay, his super suited 47.05 in 2009 excluded. That’s like blaming Bernard for the 2008 French loss. Both Bernard and Lochte fell victim to a out-of-your-mind swim by the opposing anchor. Angel swam a once in a lifetime 46.74 just like Lezak did (46.06) The only place to lay any blame is with the coaches, maybe Matt Grevers (47.54) could have found something extra in that race, but his prelim time wasn’t fast enough to keep Lochte on the bench (and even then they would have likely benched Jones) so they went with a team captain and… Read more »


The USA coaches seems to front load the relays where they’re not sure they’ll win.

The coaches also did that in the women’s 400 free relay in Rio, but the Campbell sisters roared past in the last two legs to win. Probably the same story with the London 2012 men’s 400 relay, with Adrian going first and then Lochte to anchor.

It makes the slower team members look like they lost the relay, like Dana Vollmer in Rio when Bronte blew by her. And Katie Ledecky’s flailed away with her choppy stroke trying to catch Cate.


(Amanda Weir should have been on that relay)

bobo gigi

Sorry Horninco but Bernard is to blame in 2008. He swam that anchor leg so sure of him, with arrogance and with no brain at all. He was too close of Lezak’s line. Lezak drafted and rided Bernard’s wave and made Bernard pay at the end. Pathetic strategical race from Bernard. Lezak gave him a lesson. I was disappointed to not see France win but at the same time very happy for MP! 🙂

bobo gigi

At the opposite Lochte is not to blame at all in 2012. Agnel was just on another planet that year. And Lochte is not a sprinter.


Bernard’s split was absolutely in line with what he swam later in the meet in the individual. He did let Lezak catch the wave but he still had to swim that time and he’s actually behind the wave coming off the last turn.

He was 46.7 on the relay and 47.2 in the individual. Exactly the difference you’d expect. There were two swimmers that had a faster split. Freddie B went 46.63 and…..

Lezak went 46.06. We might go another 10 years before someone replicates that swim.


Bernard split his swim 21.27/25.46. A 4 second spread is insane. All people seem to talk about is how incredible Lezak’s split was, but Bernard died like a dog. He is to blame. A smart swim puts him around 46.4 and they win running away.


He took it out too fast, but his split was right in line with his individual swim. It wasn’t like he went 47.5 from a flying start. That’s a choke.

As Bobo correctly pointed out, if you want dog him for something, dog him for being too close to the lane line.


Lochte split 47.04 on that relay …..not too shabby against the 46.6 by Agnel !!!


He was 47.6


He’s been touted for good reason. 4:07/14:18 ain’t no slouch.


The USA’s mens 4×200 free relay got bronze, not gold at 2017 Worlds.

Team GB put their best swimmers last, Scott and Guy, and they passed the USA and won the gold. Russia got silver.


And their best swimmers are THEIR BEST swimmers. There’s no point of contention, like there is with the US team. Just watch the British Trials swim from a few weeks earlier- Guy and Scott are the class of the field, bar none.


Where can you find the LA results?

Under the Meet Mobile title listed. They’ve proved hard to find online.

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