Men's Swimming and Diving's Kuster and Marcoux Qualify for 2020 Olympic Trials

Cole Kuster on the podium with his medal at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals.
Cole Kuster qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials in three events at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals (Photo courtesy: Cole Kuster).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – 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, last week.

An incoming first-year, Kuster competed at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center and qualified for Trials in three events. Hailing from Williamstown, Kuster opened his time in Northern California with a seventh-place effort (15:39.04) 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 first-years 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.