There are few places that hold as much fresh water as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but senior swimmer Conner McHugh is no stranger to lake-laden terrain. McHugh grew up in Door County, Wisconsin, an area known for its stunning natural aesthetics and its expansive shorelines along the Great Lakes. Against this backdrop, McHugh learned to swim at his parents’ request not necessarily for recreation, but for safety. Those early lessons kept his head above water long enough to ultimately develop into a national-level collegiate swimmer. McHugh has twice qualified for the NCAA Championships in the breaststroke while also earning multiple Academic All-Big Ten recognitions.
Photos by Courtney Anderson • location: Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis