Swimming: Mundelein’s Black performs well in Olympic Trials
Mundelein's Connor Black, seen here accepting a medal at the NSC Meet last winter, turned in a solid showing at the Olympic Trials on Saturday night in Omaha. | Ruthie Hauge ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 3, 2012 5:46PM
After performing admirably in the 2012 Olympic Trials, CATS Aquatic star Connor Black, 17, will give his full attention to the Junior Nationals.
The Olympic Trials were held in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday.
Black, who will be a senior at Mundelein High School, came up with his fastest time ever (54.41) in the 100-meter butterfly. In a field of 125 competitors, he had the 42nd-best time.
Black, who will be looking to make a big splash at the Junior Nationals, to be held in Indianapolis, in August, got to see Michael Phelps up close and personal. Phelps placed first in the 100 fly final (51.14).
Meanwhile, Vernon Hills High School grad Melanie Rowland, who has trained with CATS, placed 65th in the 200-meter butterfly (2:16.62) on June 28. Such a finish is not bad, considering that Rowland — who will be a junior at Towson State — competed against 135 swimmers.
Mundelein grad Pat Falconer, who will be a junior at Michigan State, also competed in the Olympic Trials. He finished 113th (1:54.23) in the 200 freestyle on June 26.