Former University of Florida Gators star Conor Dwyer qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games Monday night after his second-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle.
Dwyer finished behind his training partner, and three-time Olympian Peter Vanderkaay, who won by 16 hundredths of a second.
Vanderkaay said he achieved his goal in Omaha.
“My goal was to make the team, and I did that so I'm happy about it,” he said. “I'm three for three, so there's nothing I have to complain about.”
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vanderkaay took home gold as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay and won bronze in the 200-meter freestyle. But the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games will mark 23-year-old Dwyer's first Olympic appearance.
He’ll swim his best event, the 200 free, on Wednesday. He also will compete in the 100-meter free and the 200 IM, where he’s seeded behind swimming’s top two talents: Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.
The two top swimmers in each event automatically qualify for London 2012, but swimmers like Dwyer will also be competing for spots on the relay teams.