EYEING TOKYO GOLD
You may have seen some rather impressive swimmers gliding through the far lanes with the grace, speed and agility of sailfish. You may have also clocked these men donning, black and red “Veritas” caps, swimming a fin swim from one end of the pool to the other in less than 8 seconds!
Those are the Veritas swimmers and Harvard Crimson’s creme-dela-creme. Veritas is in reference to the Roman Goddess of truth and Harvard’s motto of the prevailing power of truth. The young men have been in the same cohort since the pandemic began. They are on leave from school this year, devoting that time to earning a spot on an Olympic team podium this summer.
When the pandemic shut down their 50-meter Long Course Pool, the coaches began a search for alternative training centers. The Beede Center is thrilled to be among the team's proud interim hosts. The Beede Center is set up for 25-yard lanes. A short-course pool is 25 meters. The swimmers get more opportunity to finetune their turns in shorter lanes while still focusing on skill and development. The Olympic Pool site will feature a Long Course Pool.
Each swimmer has stated they have enjoyed training at the Beede Center in the run up to the 2021 Olympics scheduled to begin in Tokyo this July. Three of the four swimmers, Dean Farris, Will Grant and Arik Katz are members of the U.S. National Swimming Team and Anthony Rincon is a member of the Columbian National Team.
Dean is the current American record holder in the 200-free and two-time NCAA Champion. Will Grant represented the US in backstroke at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Hungary. Arik represented the US in the distance freestyle events.
In March, Anthony won three gold medals at the 2021 South American Championships in Buenos Aires for a 55.62 in the 100-meter backstroke, 2:01.51 in the 200-meter backstroke and his portion of the 4x100 medley relay, for which Columbia won the gold medal.
The swimmers and their coaches Kevin Tyrrell, Sam Pitter and M. Stephens will continue to use the Beede Center pool until trials in June. They are always happy to say “hi” and answer any swimming questions you may have.
Beede members and staff wish Dean, Will, Arik and Anthony all the BEST.