In terms of placement, yesterday's finishes for freshman Brian Younger and senior Rich Beukema of the Harvard men's swimming team weren't exactly stellar.
But when considers the competition that the two faced at the NCAA swimming championships in Indianapolis, the duo cannot feel too bad about their results.
Younger finished the 500-meter freestyle in 4:23.66, which wasn't fast enough to qualify for the finals.
Well, the winner of the event only happened to set a new American record. Michigan sophomore Tom Dolan completed the race in a time of 4:08.75, which broke pool, U.S. open and American marks.
Younger will race again tomorrow in the 1650 meter freestyle, an event in which he is much stronger. Younger comes into the event having posted the fifth-fastest time in the nation this year.
Beukema finished in 30th place in the one-meter springboard diving competition. He still has two more events left--the three-meter board today and the platform tomorrow.
Senior co-captain Tim Carver is the third Harvard swimmer who qualified for the national championships, and he will compete in the 100-meter back-stroke today and the 200 backstroke tomorrow.