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Williamstown's Kuster Qualifies for Olympic Trials

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The Harvard men's swimming and diving duo of Cole Kuster and Raphael Marcoux qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials for the United States and Canada, respectively, this month.
 
An incoming freshman, Williamstown resident and Purple Valley Aquatics swimmer Kuster competed at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center and qualified for Trials in three events. Kuster opened his time in Northern California with a seventh-place effort (15 minutes, 39.04 seconds) in the 1,500-meter freestyle last Tuesday before coming in third two days later in the 400 free (3:55.94). Kuster saved his best performance for last when he was the runner-up in the 800 free (8:07.61) on Saturday.
 
Marcoux, meanwhile, qualified for the Canadian Swimming Trials in both the 50 free and 100 fly at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The three-time 2019 NCAA All-American posted the field's fastest time in the 50 free, completing the sprint in 22.66 on Thursday. Forty-eight hours later, Marcoux posted a time of 54.38 in the 100 fly to come in third place.
 
Kuster and Marcoux joined Harvard's list of Olympic hopefuls, which already included Dean Farris (50 free, 100 back) and incoming freshmen Will Grant (100 back) and Noah Brune (800 free). The trio accomplished their Trials cuts at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
 
The Crimson tandem who competed last week are part of a Harvard program that will look to defend its Ivy title for a fourth straight season in 2019-20 and finished in eighth place at the '19 NCAA Championships.
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Williamstown Planning Board Appoints Master Plan Steering Committee

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday appointed nine residents to serve on the steering committee to draft the town's updated master plan.
 
By a unanimous vote, the board approved a slate of nine candidates selected by members Peter Beck and Stephanie Boyd, who will represent the elected board on the steering committee. That panel is expected to work over the next 18 months to update the planning document last drafted in 2002.
 
Approved for inclusion on the Master Plan Steering Committee on Tuesday were: Justin Adkins, Susan Briggs, Melissa Cragg, Don Dubendorf, Sarah Gardner, Daniel Gura, Susan Puddester, Tanja Srebotnjak and Huff Templeton.
 
"With Peter and I, that makes 11 members," Boyd said. In a meeting telecast on the town's community access television station, Willinet. "A couple of months ago, we said we'd aim for eight to 12. This is on the higher end of that.
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