Former Iowa swimmer Conor Dwyer captured Olympic gold Tuesday night, helping Team USA to victory in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
Dwyer swam the first leg of the relay with teammates Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Townley Haas. In addition to swimming the fourth-fastest split time in the final, Dwyer also helped cap off USA’s victory by lending Phelps his swim cap.
Phelps broke his own cap just moments before he was to swim the final leg of the race. With little time to spare, Phelps quickly turned to Dwyer.
“I finished my leg and he tapped me on the shoulder…and I heard him say, ‘Diddy, look at my cap, I don’t have a cap,'” Dwyer told The Chicago Tribune. “We have different sponsors so I think he had to wear an all-black cap, so we reversed it. A different cap won’t stop that guy from having a good split.”
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The victory earned Phelps his 21st gold medal — further extending his Olympic record. It also gave Dwyer his second medal at the 2016 Olympics. The former Hawkeye earned a bronze in the 200-meter freestyle.
Dwyer swam at Iowa from 2008-09 before transferring to the University of Florida for his final two years. He led the Hawkeyes in the 100-, 200-, and 500-yard freestyle events, and set the school record for the fastest 100-yard freestyle time during his sophomore season ― a record that has since been broken.
Dwyer earned Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors twice during his time with the Hawkeyes and was named the team’s Most Valuable Swimmer during both of his seasons in Iowa City.
For Iowa head swimming coach Marc Long, seeing Dwyer perform at his best in prime time was an exciting experience.
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“It’s really amazing to see Conor medal in Brazil,” Long said in an email with HawkeyeNation.com. “It’s exciting to see someone that developed so much as a Hawkeye shine on the biggest stage.”