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Second place just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Connor Black was determined to go out on top. He had accomplished plenty during his swim career. But heading into February’s state finals, the Mundelein senior had never before won an IHSA state championship. “I had gotten seconds like four times,” Black said. “My goal was to win this year.” Black not only won, he won big. And he was bigger than he ever had been while doing it. A growth spurt that saw Black sprout to 6-foot-5 as a senior from 5-foot-9 as a freshman helped him finally break through, and smash two state records en route to winning two state championships. He won both the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. The sweet and unexpected cherry on top was that one of the records was also a national record. Black’s swim of 46.71 in the 100 fly broke the old national high school record of 47.08.Also a select water polo player who led the Mustangs in scoring this year with 100 goals and was named all-sectional as a senior in just his third season in the sport, Black certainly merits selection as the Daily Herald’s male athlete of the year for Lake County.