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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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Mount Greylock Committee Member Pushes to Reopen Schools

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Steven Miller participates in a recent meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee via Zoom.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the Mount Greylock School Committee's Education Subcommittee on Tuesday repeatedly pressed the district's interim superintendent to develop benchmarks that could be met in order to allow a return to full in-person instruction.
 
For now, school officials are planning to begin school in mid-September in a hybrid model that sees half the students in preK through ninth grade attending classes in person two days a week with the rest of their time on learning spent remotely; sophomores through seniors in high school would attend school one day a week under the current plan.
 
Several times during a more than two-hour virtual meeting, Steven Miller reiterated his contention that the Lanesborough-Williamstown district is uniquely situated to move to full, in-person instruction.
 
"We are in a wonderful situation where we are in a rural setting with people who are responsible, who are socially distancing and wearing masks," said Miller, who also referred to the county's low incidence of COVID-19 positive tests.
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