LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2013) – SPEEDO USA, a division of PVH Corp. (NYSE: PVH), today announced that 24-year-old rising swim star Conor Dwyer has signed a multi-year agreement with the company through 2016. Dwyer, one of the stars of Team USA, made his Olympic debut in London and won gold as part of the history-making 4x200m Freestyle Relay at the 2012 Summer Games. The versatile swimmer joins Team Speedo with his sights set on the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain where he hopes to represent the USA in the freestyle and medley events and relays.
The University of Florida graduate finished a decorated collegiate swim career in 2011 with twelve All-American honors, three NCAA titles, one NCAA Swimmer of the Year and two SEC Swimmer of the Year awards. Dwyer, who is an Illinois native, continues to live and train in Florida under UF Head Coach Gregg Troy and alongside fellow Gator alum and Olympic teammate Ryan Lochte.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Speedo family,” said Dwyer. “Speedo is the top name in swimwear and I appreciate the brand’s support as I embark on my professional swim career.”
“Conor made his presence known in London and he has an exciting career ahead of him,” said Jim Gerson, President of SPEEDO USA. “With his speed and versatility, Conor will be a serious medal contender for years to come and we are very happy to welcome him to Team Speedo.”
Dwyer won his career-first U.S. National title at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships in the 200m IM; later that year, Dwyer won gold as part of the 4x200m Freestyle Relay team at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai and took home four medals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. He qualified for the 2012 Olympic team by finishing second in the 400m free and fourth in the 200m free, recording personal best times in both, at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha.
As part of Team Speedo USA, Dwyer will be part of an athlete advisory group to the SPEEDO Aqualab, the brand’s research and development center, and will train and compete in Speedo suits, accessories and related gear.
Team Speedo swimmers include Olympic Medalists Michael Phelps (USA), Natalie Coughlin (USA), Ryan Lochte (USA), Dana Vollmer (USA), Nathan Adrian (USA), Cullen Jones (USA), Tyler Clary (USA), Eamon Sullivan (AUS), Park Tae Hwan (KOR), and Rebecca Adlington (GBR).
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Florida Swim Network was thrilled to be a part of the 2013 TYR Jax50, which brought Olympic and pro action right here to Florida. Age groupers battled it out by swimming 50s of each stroke, while the top freestylers had a chance to take of the Olympic and professional swimmers. After a night of fast dueling, George Bovell and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace came out on top.
In addition to featuring some very fast swimming, the event raised funds for Planet Swim Foundation, which works to combat one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in children: drowning.
This year’s Jax50 allowed Planet Swim to do the following:
Congrats to Sergio Lopez Miro and all involved for an outstanding event. We look forward to next year!
What do swimmers and the greatest fighter of all time have in common? Underwaters.
Yep! Many boxers, like Ali and Rocky Marciano, knew one of the most effective training methods is underwater training. They understood that for their fighting to be most effective they would need to have superior cardio, stamina, rhythm and balance. These fighters used underwater training to help achieve this.
It takes more energy to move underwater, thus acting as a great cardio, making your lungs work harder. This allows your body to increase its stamina in actual fights as well as swims.
We wonder if Ali finds it ironic that many swimmers now use kickboxing and other “fighter” methods to get in swimming shape? haha
As the year draws to a close, Florida Swim Network is taking a look back at 2012 and compiling our most memorable swim moments – outstanding performances put forth by athletes from the state of Florida.
We’re sure we didn’t get all of them, so feel free to post your favorite memories on our Facebook page.
While six swimmers who train in the state of Florida represented Team USA in London, there were two swim moments that stood out above the rest.
1. Ryan Lochte winning gold in the 400 IM.
This was the very first night of competition, and Ryan Lochte (USA/DBS) destroyed the rest of the field, Michael Phelps included. The way Lochte pulled away and then won by several body lengths left no doubt that he had just done something very special. Lochte has a had year of memorable moments, and you can click here to read our favorites.
2. Elizabeth Beisel winning a silver medal in the 400 IM.
This next Olympic moment is memorable due to a shocking turn of events. Elizabeth Beisel (USA/UF) was in the lead until China’s Ye Shiwen turned on the jets and nearly flew back to the wall on the final 50 Free. Indeed, this 16-year-old went so fast she beat Ryan Lochte by 17 hundredths of a second in that final stretch of pool. Not only that, Ye obliterated the World Record. While suspicion and rumors circled Ye, Beisel took the high road by remaining silent and instead proudly smiling on the second place podium.
“She had the race of her life,” said Beisel, who led by .81 seconds after 300 meters and was beaten by 2.84 seconds. “Congratulations to her a million times over. It’s definitely hard getting second, but I can’t complain at all. The race was really hard, and maybe it didn’t go the way I wanted it to, but I’m definitely appreciative with how the outcome was.”
Beisel raced a personal best and it took a World Record to beat her – we’re definitely proud of that!
There were many swimmers from Florida who competed well at Olympic Trials, Dara Torres and Erika Erndl among them. And just as Torres and Erndl have raised the bar for older athletes, this time it is the younger ones who stood out for their performances.
3. Ryan Murphy placing fourth in the 200 Back.
Ryan Murphy (BSS) was seeded third going into the finals, and so the entire state of Florida tuned in with high hopes and fingers crossed. And while we knew it was a long shot, with Tyler Clary and Ryan Lochte in the finals, we still held our breath as Murphy (1:57.39) was just out-touched for third by Nick Thoman (1:57.06). Regardless, it was still thrilling to watch!
4. Becca Mann finaling in three events at Olympic Trials.
Ryan Murphy wasn’t the only young swimmer the state of Florida was rooting for; we also rallied around Becca Mann, (CAT) who made the finals in the 400 IM, 400 Free, and 800 Free. While she didn’t finish higher than fifth in any event, she still broke the National Age Group Record in the 800 Free by going 8:28.54 and breaking Sippy Woodhead’s record which had stood since 1978.
5. Ryan Murphy won the 200 Back claiming a Share of the High Point Award.
It has been quite a year for Ryan Murphy, we’re sure the first of many to come! This was the year that marked his debut on the true national stage – Olympic Trials and Senior Nationals. At the Winter Nationals, Murphy won the 200 Back while also setting a new National Age Group Record, and then was all smiles as he tied for the High Point with Matt Grevers.
Murphy’s 138.15 was the first 18 and under to break 1:40 and also made him the third fastest in history of the event. Well played, Ryan Murphy. Well played.
Photo from Sergio Lopez Miro.
6. Becca Mann claims three titles.
Just like Ryan Murphy, Becca Mann had a break out year and her performance at the Junior Pan Pac Games was no exception. Although she took second to Leah Smith in the 800 Free, she dominated the rest of the meet. Mann claimed the 400 IM title with a meet-record time of 4:39.76, and then won the 1500 Free in 16:11.89. This was a new 13-14 U.S. National Age Group Record, which downed the 28-year-old national age group record of Michele Richardson (16:12.57) set back in 1984. For her third victory of the meet, Mann obliterated the rest of the field in the Open Water 10k with a winning time of 1:57:22. Wow!
7. Dylan Carter setting a new National Age Group Record.
Florida saw lots of great performance from many swimmers at this year’s Short Course Junior Nats, but none stood out as much as Dylan Carter’s. Carter (DANA) won the 200 Freestyle in 1:35.29 and then just barely missed beating out Ryan Murphy’s 100 Back old record (46.72) by touching in at 47.22 to win gold. Just awesome!
8. Bolles Sharks cruise to dominance by sweeping men’s relays.
Just as they rocked the pool at the high school 1A state meet, Bolles Sharks dominated the Men’s relays in Knoxville. First Bolles won the 200 Medley, as Joseph Schooling, Marijn Van Zundert, Santo Condorelli and Caeleb Dressel topped the finale in 1:27.80. Then Condorelli, Josh Booth, Schooling and Dressel cruised to victory in the 800 Free relay with a time of 6:37.77. Next in the 200 Free Relay, Bolles took down a pair of meet records in a single swim. Dressel, Condorelli, Emiro Goossen, and Joseph Schooling downed the meet record with a 1:19.03, while Dressel secured a new 50 Free record with his 19.92 lead off. Then Bolles continued their dominance in the 400 Free - breaking the meet record in 2:55.89 with Booth, Dressel, Condorelli, and Schooling swimming. And, to show complete dominance, they also win the 400 Medley Relay in a time of 3:15.83 as Dressel, Van Zundert, Schooling, and Condorelli flexed their swim muscles. Wow. Just wow.
Photo from Sergio Lopez Miro
While we love all the swimmers from the Sunshine State, Olympian Ryan Lochte has made great strides in elevating the face of swimming in the international spotlight. From gold medals and racing royalty to crashing age group meets, Ryan has given us some great moments in 2012!
Here are our Top 5:
Two gold, two silver, and one bronze. While we could end our commentary there, we have to acknowledge the hard work and training that went into Lochte’s success. From his unusual dryland work outs, to the changes at the training table, Ryan has become a role model for younger swimmers to emulate.
Ryan was just the 4th male ever featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine, handpicked to represent the 2012 Olympians.
In addition to that, he’s been featured on Men’s Health Journal and Time Magazine. Swimming prowess aside, we think it all comes down to shoes and grillz. Making news for not wearing his now famous red, white, and blue grills on the podium at the Olympics, Ryan has added to his style with even louder shoes Now if these don’t make you smile, we don’t know what will!
Not many swimmers have ever been the object of Seth MacFarlane’s humor, but Ryan took it as flattery as just one of the many times he was featured on television. Prior to London, Ryan appeared on Who Wants to be a Millionaire along with Dara Torres (also from Florida).
Ryan is used to making international headlines for his swimming, but this probably was the most unusual yet – racing against British Royal Prince Harry! (Yes, Ryan won.) But our favorite fun race came when Ryan surprised some young age groupers by diving in and racing their heat.
And finally, our favorite moments from Ryan Lochte have come when he has shown his heart to the fullest. Ryan is currently representing three charities: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (Duchenne), the National Parkinson Foundation, and the Mac Crutchfield Fund. Mac Crutchfield was an age group swimmer for Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club in Florida, who tragically drowned during a thunderstorm in the summer of 2008. The Fund raises money for drowning awareness in Mac’s name. We can’t imagine Ryan using his celebrity status for a much better cause!
However, international relations are part of Ryan’s reach, and he did just that while racing at Worlds in Istabanbul earlier this month. Consistently making friends wherever he goes, Ryan increased his kindness even further by reaching out to the children of Turkey by giving away his gold medals.
He tweeted: “2 gold medals were amazing but it didn’t beat giving a lil boy from Turkey my gold medal, he was so happy he started crying! #priceless”
Yeah, we think that’s priceless, too!
So, thanks Ryan, for a very memorable 2012!
Be sure to check back soon for our top memories from all of Florida swimming in 2012!
If some of your Olympic swimmers were auditioning, see what song the would sing and how they would do! (And who knew that Ariana Kukors had such a beautiful voice?!)
In this video from USA Swimming, they asked the National Team just what they would sing if they were to audition.