In a post-race interview after placing 2nd in the 200 free on Wednesday at the 2013 World Championship Trials, Conor Dwyer had a lot of interesting things to share about his move to Baltimore.
When he first came to town, he was living with the great Michael Phelps while working on getting his own space set up. Dwyer joked that Phelps was looking at minor league baseball, a joke about the attempts by basketball’s greatest Michael Jordan.
He got into some much more serious and detailed conversation after that though, especially surrounding his new training model.
Dwyer says that under Bowman, he’s felt much faster, and that he did more speed work than he did under Gregg Troy, which showed in the personal best he’s swum in both the 100 and the 200 freestyles in the last month.
The Olympian relayed that his former University of Florida coach Gregg Troy was “disappointed,” but that he understood Dwyer’s need for a change after over 3 years in Florida. This is a similar change to the one his former training partner Ryan Lochte plans to make after this year’s World Championships (though unlike Lochte’s plan, it seems as though Dwyer’s full training is now in Bowman’s hands).
Dwyer didn’t have much to add to the Michael Phelps comeback rumors, but he did discuss his new training partner, Frenchman Yannick Agnel, who has also decided to train with Bowman in the last few months. Dwyer reports that Agnel is training well, despite some illness that cost him some water time this year (and jokingly added that Agnel is seriously considering the purchase of a Hummer).