Black can’t win race against time
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun February 11, 2013 8:34AM
Mundelein's Connor Black in the 100 yard butterfly. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 12, 2013 6:23AM
Mundelein senior Connor Black was swimming in the fast lane at Saturday’s North Suburban Conference boys meet at Lake Forest High School.
He also was swimming “against” the best possible competition — the Lake Forest pool record book as written by Matt Grevers.
Grevers, a state swim champion at Lake Forest High School a decade ago and a two-time U.S. Olympic swimmer, holds pool records in several events at Lake Forest.
On Saturday, Black was competing against Grevers’ records in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle races.
In the 50 free, the crowd stood and roared the entire race, as Black won in 20.66 — two seconds faster the runnerup.
However, it was still a near-miss by Grevers’ standards, as the world’s best backstroker once swam the 50 free at Lake Forest in 20.49.
Grevers didn’t swim the butterfly, which is Black’s other specialty, and Black won the 100 fly easily on Saturday in 48.76. That destroyed the pool record of 50.98 set in 1994.
Black, however, was not done chasing Grevers.
The Mundelein senior swam the first leg of the 400 freestyle relay. And the time posted for that first 100-yard leg can count for a 100-yard freestyle time.
Grevers’s pool record in the 100 is 45.34. Black was clocked in his leg of the relay in 45.41 — seven one-hundreds of a second slower.
You can’t blink that fast.
“I feel pretty good. I had solid swims (in the 50 free and 100 fly). I’m pretty much right where I wanted to be for this meet. I start tapering Monday, and I’ll be ready for state in two weeks,” Black said.
“We had a dual meet here earlier in the year. I wanted to get that 50 free record and missed it. Then I missed it again today. That’s a hard name (Grevers) to take down off the board.”