Dwyer earns first medal at Barcelona

Conor Dwyer of the United States waves after taking the silver medal in the men's 200-meter freestyle final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday. (The Associated Press)

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.

Conor Dwyer delivered a come-from-behind silver-medal finish in the 200-meter freestyle to surprise the field and pick up his first career individual World Championship medal during the third day of competition at the 15th FINA World Aquatic Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

The Gator alum, who was a part of the 2012 Olympic Gold and 2011 World Championship gold 4X200 freestyle relay teams, entered the 200 free final seeded sixth after posting a swim of 1:47.05 in the semifinal round. Dwyer, finding himself in fifth with 50 meters to go, turned on his jets out of lane seven to finish with a career best time of 1:45.32.

Ryan Lochte, who finished fourth in the 200 free at the 2012 Olympics and first in the 200 free at the 2011 World Championships, placed fourth in the event with a time of 1:45.64. Lochte entered the 200 free with the second fastest semi-final time of 1:46.06 and still has the 200 individual medley, 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly left on his slate.

Melani Costa-Schmid (Spain), fresh off of a silver medal in the 400 free during the first day of competition, heads into tomorrow's 200 free final seeded third after swimming a Spanish long course record mark of 1:56.19 in the semifinals. She entered the semi-final heat seeded sixth after posting a time of 1:57.01 in prelims.

In addition to Costa-Schmid in Wednesday's competition, freshman Sinead Russell will swim the 50 back and Lochte and Dwyer will swim the 200 IM in the morning session.

Morning heats begin at 4 a.m. Semifinals and finals will start at 12 p.m.

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