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New Amy Winehouse Biopic In The Works, With Winehouse’s Parents Serving As Executive-Directors

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first_imgThe Guardian reports that a new Amy Winehouse biopic is on the way. Amy Winehouse’s family has reportedly signed a deal to make a biopic about the late singer taken far too young. Monumental Pictures’ Alison Owen (Lily Allen’s mother) and Debra Hayward will produce the film, with Winehouse’s parents serving as the film’s executive producers. Amy’s life story will be written by Geoff Deane, and shooting for the biopic is due to start in 2019. Proceeds from the film will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation.Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, said the family had previously been approached regarding a biopic but previously felt the time was still not right. In a statement, Mitch Winehouse said, “We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent. And we know through the Amy Winehouse Foundation that the true story of her illness can help so many others who might be experiencing similar issues.”On July 27th, 2011, London Ambulance Service was called to rising-star singer Amy Winehouse‘s Camden flat. Unfortunately, the medics were too late—Winehouse was found dead, having succumbed to her arduous battle with drug and alcohol abuse at just 27 years old. Though she released only two albums before her death—2003’s Frank and 2006’s Back To Black–her work on the two releases catapulted her to worldwide success and recognition. Back To Black netted the singer five Grammys (including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year) in 2008, tying the record for most wins by any female artist in a single year at that time.Winehouse’s tragically brief career was defined as much by her remarkable talent as it was by her struggles to keep her life together offstage. From an early age, she dealt with a litany of health issues, from drug addiction to alcohol abuse to eating disorders. These problems were only intensified as she saw her popularity and notoriety increase. As Winehouse explained to The Telegraph in her last interview before her death, “I’m not a natural born performer. I’m a natural singer, but I’m quite shy, really…You know what it’s like? I don’t mean to be sentimental or soppy but its a little bit like being in love, when you can’t eat, you’re restless, it’s like that. But then the minute you go on stage, everything’s OK. The minute you start singing.”[H/T The Guardian]last_img read more

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The right place, the Wright time

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first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Keith Wright calls his decision to come to Harvard “the best in my life.” Crimson basketball fans would agree. The 6-foot-8-inch forward and his teammates have made history since he arrived in 2008, transforming a losing program into one of the Ivy League’s most successful. In March, the team won the league championship outright — a first for Harvard — and made its first trip to the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship Tournament since 1946.With Wright leading the team in rebounding and blocked shots, the Crimson also broke the program record for wins in each of the past three seasons.Wright says he cherishes the memory of every game he played in a Crimson uniform.“My experience playing for Harvard will stay with me for the rest of my life,” he said. “I was part of the team that took Harvard to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 60 years. I was the captain of the best team in Harvard history, the one that won its first Ivy League title. It was a great honor that I won’t forget.”Along the way, Wright racked up an impressive string of awards and accolades. During the 2010-11 season, he was named Ivy League Player of the Year, was selected to the Lou Henson All-America Team and the All-Ivy first team, and received an honorable mention as an Associated Press All-American.  Last year, Wright landed on the Preseason Top 50 Watch List for the Wooden Award, which is given to the top player in college basketball. He was also named one of college basketball’s top 100 players by CBS Sports.Despite his success on the court, Wright says that he came to Harvard because he’s more than “just a basketball player.”“I’m a student first,” Wright said. “A lot of kids put all their chips into this sport to help them be successful. At Harvard, all our chips are put into academics. People know that. They don’t say ‘Oh, wow, he plays basketball.’ They say “Wow, he’s at Harvard, and he’s playing basketball. He’s a smart kid.”Wright’s interest in human relationships inspired him to concentrate in psychology as an undergraduate. He said that Holly Parker’s course “The Psychology of Close Relationships” had a profound impact on him and may even have determined his future career path.“Seeing Dr. Parker talk about the field — and her passion for it — definitely influenced me,” he said. “Being a couples counselor is something I’d like to pursue after I’m done playing basketball.”For now, graduate school will have to wait as Wright pursues his immediate goal of playing professional basketball. In April, the Harvard star was one of only 64 college seniors invited to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in front of dozens of pro agents and scouts. Wright said that advice from former teammate and Harvard-to-NBA trailblazer Jeremy Lin helped him to hold his own against some of the best young players in the country.“Jeremy told me to have fun and play my game,” he said. “He told me not to think too much about it, just know that I’m a good player. At the end of the day, the chance to show my skills and play for money is a blessing.”Wright said that his next move is to sign with an agent and participate in workouts for pro teams in advance of June’s NBA draft. If he’s not picked by one of the league’s franchises, Wright said he’ll participate in the Las Vegas and Orlando free agent summer leagues in hopes of catching on with a team. He’d even consider a stint for a team overseas, although he calls that option a “worst-case scenario.”Whatever happens, Wright said that his Harvard experience will enable him to keep athletics in perspective, and will give him options after he walks off the court for the last time.“I don’t let basketball use me,” he said. “I use basketball to help me. The success of Harvard’s team has really been icing on the cake because I know that, after the ball stops bouncing, I’m going to have this great education, the connections that I made here, and the limitless resources that I have at my fingertips. After college, I’ll pursue my dream knowing that I have nothing to lose.”last_img read more

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A fond faculty farewell

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first_img A model faculty Mike Smith recalls his road traveled, and outlines path ahead At the beginning of last week’s faculty reception that celebrated Michael D. Smith’s deanship of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Harvard President Larry Bacow joked about the long line of presenters — “47 of them” — prepared to offer praise and appreciation for the former leader.Though the group actually taking the podium would in fact number only six, their shared stories resonated deeply with an audience who responded with extended applause and heartfelt laughter.Bacow led the program with an anecdote about first meeting Smith at an honorary-degree dinner at Annenberg Hall, where the former FAS dean complimented Bacow, then a member of the Harvard Corporation, on his cufflinks. When Bacow later gifted him his own set, Smith replied, “Thank you for very much, Larry, for helping to hold me together.”“Now it’s my turn to say thank you for helping to hold us together for the past 11 years. It was always about the School, about your faculty, colleagues, and staff,” he said. “You are the essence of what a servant leader is about.”Former Harvard President Drew Faust followed, noting that she felt nostalgic saying goodbye in the same room where she had introduced Smith as dean more than 11 years ago.“How can it be this many years later and how come it’s not 100 years later?” she asked. “From the outset, Mike took on such an enormous sense of responsibility for making it right for FAS through the financial crisis and staying on top of all of those issues and making really tough decisions — unpopular decisions — but things he knew he had to do for the good of the institution.”,The accolades covered all aspects of his deanship, from his commitment to changing faculty culture related to teaching and diversity to his launch of House renewal.Jim Waldo, the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, who for 11 years has co-taught with Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering, praised his colleague’s innovative teaching while dean. (Their students mapped campus surveillance cameras in one class). Mahzarin Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics and chair of the Department of Psychology, said Smith provided her “most meaningful” role at the University when he appointed her senior adviser to the dean nine years ago.“He was committed to every discipline and its unique history. He cared to get it right, and so he asked hard questions and he asked to be persuaded,” she said.,Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. brought equal parts humor and admiration to his words for Smith. Joking about his earliest impressions, Gates recalled that he wasn’t sure the two spoke the same language (“budget cuts”). Even Smith’s commitment to daily 5 a.m. swims confounded Gates, who was at that time “turning over for the last three or four hours of sleep.”“Damn, I thought, this is going to be a long deanship. This guy is a machine.”But then Gates turned serious, calling Smith’s support of the 2014 opening of the Cooper Gallery and his effort to promote and recruit faculty of color “unparalleled” and “extraordinarily productive.” He ticked off a partial list that included Glenda Carpio, Danielle Allen, Teju Cole, Sarah Lewis, Isaiah Andrews, Braxton Shelley, and Tiya Miles, and ended by revising engineer James Kip Finch’s quote: “The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history.”“Engineers do make history,” said Gates, “but I’ll add, in some instances, they do make culture.”Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS, closed with a gift for the honoree. The Mark Steele painting featuring all 20 FAS deans showed Smith standing in his dean’s office with House renewal shovels and his dog, Cosmo, by his side. Gay thanked him for being a challenging, supportive, and inspiring boss.“Mike really sought out diverse perspectives, embraced them, really, and knew how to make every member of his team feel valued, and I know I’m not alone in feeling that way,” she said. “You’re part of a long line of distinguished deans, but I hope you never forget that you were a one-of-a-kind boss.” FAS dean’s investment in world-class scholars is paying dividends center_img The child who wanted to be a used-car salesman grew up to be long-term dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Relatedlast_img read more

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Elizabeth Phelps wins Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience

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first_imgHarvard professor Elizabeth A. Phelps was named this year’s winner of the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience.Winners of the prize are honored for a career characterized by distinguished and sustained scholarship and cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience that has the potential to revolutionize the field.The prize is presented by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and was established in 1995 to honor the career of psychologist George A. Miller. Miller was one of the founders of cognitive psychology and cognitive science, and earned his master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from Harvard in 1944 and 1946, respectively.As a faculty member in Harvard’s Department of Psychology, he helped found the Harvard Center for Cognitive Studies in 1960, which institutionalized the cognitive revolution and launched the field of cognitive science.Phelps, who received her doctorate from Princeton University, had a personal connection with Miller and said he helped arrange her first fellowship when he was teaching there. The experience helped seal her interest in the field.“The summer before I started graduate school, he had arranged for grad students at Princeton to be able to work at a neuropsychological hospital to test patients with different brain injuries,” Phelps said. “I applied for that position and I got it. And so, even before I started grad school he was making efforts to get me thinking about neuroscience and psychology…. To have [an award] in his name for me is especially meaningful.”Phelps is the Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience at Harvard. She is the recipient of the 21st Century Scientist Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation — which funded the Miller prize for its first 10 years.Phelps has also been honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society and the William James Award from the Association for Psychological Science. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Experimental Psychology, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served on several distinguished boards and has served as the president of three societies, including Society for Neuroeconomics, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society.Her research focuses on the relationship between emotion and cognition.“Fairly early in my career, I decided to both integrate the study of cognition with neuroscience and also focus on how emotion — like everyday shifts in emotion — can influence our cognition, particularly our memory,” Phelps said.Phelps will accept the prize and give a lecture at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in March. The event will be virtual.Past winners of the Miller prize from Harvard include Harvard professors Elizabeth Spelke, Steven Pinker, and David H. Hubel.last_img read more

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Harvey Fierstein Cozies Up to Chita Rivera & Roger Rees at The Visit

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first_img The Visit View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 Broadway royalty collided at The Visit as Harvey Fierstein paid a (wait for it) visit to fellow Tony winner Chita Rivera. The Kinky Boots scribe went backstage at the Lyceum Theatre following a performance of the Kander and Ebb musical on March 31 to meet up with Rivera and Roger Rees. Check out these pictures—the trio looks like a million bucks! The Visit opens officially on April 23.last_img

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Brazilian Army Fights Crime along the Border

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first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo November 21, 2016 Nearly 1,000 Brazilian Army service members made their presence known along the border between the state of Roraima, in northern Brazil, and Venezuela and Guyana, from October 14th to 25th. The deployment was part of the seventh iteration of Operation Curare. The service members spread out across nearly 1,922 kilometers of the border to fight transborder crimes and environmental violations, focusing on law enforcement and preventive measures. The final tally from the operation included 4,243 inspections of vehicles on the roads of Roraima and 382 stops and frisking of pedestrians and cyclists, in addition to eight ground patrols and nine air patrols. The operation culminated in the seizure of drugs, weapons, a truck full of timber, and vehicles. One man was arrested for unlawful mining and 21 illegal immigrants were identified and deported. The operation was particularly successful in the environmental arena. In the Yanomami Indigenous Area, which comprises the majority of the state of Roraima’s border line, 18 ferries, eight engines, and six power generators being used for illegal mining were destroyed, in addition to the seizure of 123 grams of gold. “Our objectives were fully achieved in this operation not just in terms of the numbers, which demonstrated a drop in crimes in the state capital, but also due to the intangible results of conveying a sense of safety throughout the border region,” stated Major Rodrigo Luiz Soares Evangelista, a social communication officer in the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade, also known as the Lobo D’Almada Brigade. Operation Curare The 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade is responsible for coordinating Operation Curare, which involves partnering with various governmental and non-governmental agencies. “We are called an interagency operation because we invite interested agencies to participate in our mission, collaborating within their specialties or even making demands to be added to the operation,” Maj. Rodrigo Luiz explained. Twenty partner organizations participated in the seventh edition of Operation Curare in Roraima, including the Federal Highway Police – in charge of policing the roads – and the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, in charge of protecting the environment. “Interagency work is extremely productive because the results are amplified when each agency completes its mission within its own specialty,” Maj. Rodrigo Luiz added. Providing healthcare and social services The service members came from all the units in Boa Vista, capital of Roraima, and the 1st Jungle Infantry Battalion of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas. In order to handle all the activities across such a large area, two helicopters and 10 boats were used, in addition to ground transport vehicles. While most of the service members worked on defense and security missions, others were deployed to civic and social actions. Health services were provided to 16 of the region’s communities. At the end of the 12-day operation, doctors had made 579 medical visits, 801 dental visits, and 1,383 preventive-care visits. They also provided explanations about basic health care and filled 1,593 prescriptions. “The main health complaints of this population are gynecological, pediatric, and ophthalmological,” reported Lieutenant Colonel Alessandro Lima Marques, a logistics officer in the Lobo D’Almada Brigade. Leveraging the physical structure of primary care units and hospitals, treatment was provided in partnership with healthcare agents from the state of Roraima, according to Lt. Col. Alessandro. “The communities in these areas are lacking in many services. In those that are hardest to reach, where there isn’t any infrastructure, we set up shelters to be able to make care possible.” Besides healthcare, service members helped build and restore bridges and roads in the indigenous communities. The work was done by men from the 6th Construction Engineering Battalion. 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade According to information on its website, the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade’s mission is to “protect the Brazilian State, first and foremost in Roraima, in particular along the border, and to contribute to regional development, as provided for by law.” Operations Curare and Curaretinga are among the main actions completed by the brigade with this objective, the latter on a smaller scale. They were created shortly after Supplementary Law 136/2010 was passed to amend an older law that established the Armed Forces’ involvement “through preventive measures and law enforcement along the land borders, at sea, and in the inland waters, regardless of possession, ownership, purpose, or any burden that might apply thereto, against transborder and environmental crimes, individually or in coordination with other executive branch agencies,” as a subsidiary function. Transborder crimes are those that spill over the territorial limits of a single country. Aware of the importance of addressing this problem, in 2010, the Brazilian government launched the Strategic Border Plan, which combines actions aimed at strengthening the prevention, control, oversight, and policing of transborder crimes through the integrated operation of public safety agencies, the Federal Treasury Department, and the Armed Forces. Operation Ágata, the most comprehensive of the border operations undertaken by the Armed Forces, is one of the main outcomes of the Strategic Border Plan, and Operation Curare has followed its standards.last_img read more

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CDC, CSTE release online H5N1 readiness course

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first_imgMay 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) today released a 3-day online course to teach state and local public health officials how to respond to human cases of H5N1 avian influenza.The course, titled “CDC/CSTE Rapid Response Training: The Role of Public Health in a Multi-Agency Response to Avian Influenza in the United States,” is available on the CSTE Web site. It consists of six modules that cover surveillance, case management, personal protective equipment, poultry farm investigation, management and public health action, and laboratory issues. The downloadable materials include lectures, presentations, case studies, tabletop exercises, and other items.Jennifer Lemmings, deputy director of programs for the CSTE, told CIDRAP News the materials are freely available to individuals or groups and are designed to meet the multidisciplinary needs of a wide range of public health professionals. Though the course is intended to provide 3 days of group instruction, the modules can be shortened or modified to meet the needs of different public health workers.The online course was developed from courses that the CDC and CSTE conducted early this year in Washington, DC, Denver, and Atlanta. A key component of the training is coordination between veterinary and human public health agencies at all governmental levels, the CDC said in a press release today.”The unique aspect of the training is that it brings together human and animal health professionals, who would work together as part of a multidisciplinary response to an avian influenza threat,” said Joshua Mott, an epidemiologist in the CDC’s influenza division who led the course development. “Importantly, this training also teaches public health response skills that are applicable to other emerging diseases.”The CDC and CSTE developed the online curriculum with educators at the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness. Support for the regional courses and the online adaptation came from a $2 million grant from the CDC.No human or avian infections with the lethal strain of H5N1 have been reported in North America. Birds in 58 countries have tested positive for the virus, while 12 countries have reported human H5N1 cases.See also:May 15 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2007/r070515.htmlast_img read more

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Indianapolis 500 moved to August 23 due to coronavirus

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first_imgTopics : The 104th Indianapolis 500 was moved from May 24 to August 23 on Thursday by IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.It will mark the first time the US classic on the famed 2 1/2-mile (4km) oval will be staged outside of May since its 1911 debut, with Frenchman Simon Pagenaud looking to defend his title.Organizers also moved the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which had been scheduled for May 9 on the road course at the Speedway, to July 4 — the American Independence Day holiday — as part of a revamped IndyCar season schedule. “The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” series and speedway owner Roger Penske said.”However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing.”I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”The Indy 500 will begin with practice sessions August 12-14 and qualifying on August 15-16 with a final practice session on August 21. ‘Expected finale TBD’Moving the Indy 500 required shifting two other races on a 2020 IndyCar schedule now shrunk from 17 to 14 races with Alabama, Long Beach and Austin, Texas, events cancelled due to the pandemic.To accommodate the Indy 500 shift, an August 16 race at Mid-Ohio was moved to August 9 and the Gateway 500 near St. Louis will be contested August 30, eight days later than originally planned.The season is now set to open with two Dual in Detroit street races May 30-31 as planned followed by races at Texas, Road America and Richmond before the Indy Grand Prix and races as scheduled in Toronto and Iowa.After the revamped August run, IndyCar concludes with events at Portland and Laguna Seca but IndyCar listed an “expected finale TBD” 14th race on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.The Florida street race was to have been the season opener on March 15 before being called off. “This August, we’ll also have a unique and powerful opportunity to honor the contributions and heroism of the doctors, nurses, first responders and National Guard members serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19,” Penske Entertainment president Mark Miles said.”We’re grateful for the patience of our fans as we’ve navigated this situation.”The Indy Grand Prix will open an unprecedented double-header featuring the first Indy road course race for NASCAR, the closed-cockpit stock car series that is the most popular form of US auto racing.”For very good reason, this historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan,” speedway president J. Douglas Boles said.”We appreciate our friends at NASCAR for their flexibility and support in this matter and will work with them on a memorable, exciting weekend of racing action.”Enhanced coronavirus safety measures will be used at the speedway, including more hand sanitizer stations, less hand-to-hand contact between fans and concession staff, more frequent facility cleaning and cleaning products that meet health expert standards for coronavirus disinfectants.last_img read more

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Nordic insurer tenders Asia ex Japan small-cap mandate using IPE Quest

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first_imgAn insurance company from the Nordic region is looking for an asset manager to take on a $100m (€89m) mandate to invest in small-cap equities in Asia excluding Japan.According to a search on IPE Quest, the insurer will only accept strategies offered as a pooled vehicle.The fund must be UCITS-compliant and registered in Luxembourg or Ireland.The preferred benchmark for the US dollar-denominated mandate is the MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Small Cap Net index, with assets being managed actively. Firms responding should have at least $1bn under management in total, and a minimum of $250m for this asset class.Tracking error should be kept between 3% and 10%.Firms responding should state performance to 31 March and supply data gross of fees.They should have a track record of at least three years, though track records of five years are preferable, according to the search.The closing date is 25 May at 5pm GMT, with a shortlist to be selected on 1 June.The deadline for submissions of RFPs has been set at 15 June, with the final selection being made by the board on 15 September.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email [email protected]last_img read more

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Bulldogs Swimmers Victorious Over Rebels

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first_imgBHS Swimming at SW Hanover.Girls almost score maximum points possible (140) by sweeping top 3 places in 10 of 11 events.Girls Score:BHS 139SW Hanover 30Girls are 17-4 on the season.Boys Score:BHS 102SW Hanover 66Boys are 10-7 on the season.Batesville Event Winners Girls: Hannah Cox (IM), Ashley Daulton (500 Free), Taylor Villani (100 Fly/100 Breast), Emily Gutzwiller (50 Free, 100 Back), and Elizabeth Weiler (200 Free/100 Free).Batesville Event Winners Boys: Grant Greene (100 Breast), Nathan Hall (50 Free), Kegan Main (100 Fly), Elliot Main (100 Free/200 Free), and Evan Miller (200 IM, 500 Free).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach . J. Greene.last_img

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