Britain’s Michael Jamieson was the first big European to confirm his intent to participate at the 2013 Duel in the Pool, which runs December 20th and 21st in Glasgow, Scotland, and now American Conor Dwyer has followed him by confirming his intent to swim at the meet as well.
Though USA Swimming isn’t planning to officially announce their roster until November 1st (at the latest), Dwyer’s silver medal finish at the World Championships guarantees him a spot on the 44-swimmer roster for the biannual meet.
Dwyer Tweeted his intent at a fan who asked if he would be swimming at the Duel on Wednesday.
The Americans have ensured places for the fastest finisher in each Olympic event from the combined results of the World Championships, U.S. Open, and World University Games a spot on the Duel in the Pool roster, plus the top two in the 100 and 200 freestyles, with the rest of the lineup to be filled by coaches’ discretion.
Dwyer will for sure swim the 200 free and the 800 free relay, the latter of which the Americans should be huge favorites, but in the Duel in the Pool format, swimmers are often called upon to swim events well outside of their normal, international range. Despite not sitting upon the selection range for them, expect Dwyer to contribute in the 400 free, the 200 IM, the 400 IM, and maybe even in the 400 free relay in the two-day meet.
Dwyer left the Gator Swim Club just over a month before the 2013 World Championship Trials to train with Bob Bowman at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, where he’s continued training after his World Championship success.