Kenmore~Cascade Canoe & Kayak Team athletes qualify in strong positions at the US Team Trials.
May 24 & 25th saw K~C in Oklahoma City for US Team Trials. Races were conducted on this international course over 200, 500 and 1000 meters. Six K~C athletes vied for positions on the US Team – Doug Ritchie, Emmanuel Beauchard, Ben Karlinsey, Spike Kane, Hannah Pennington and Alana Nichols. Sheri Baker and Dan Henderson were there to support the athlete’s efforts.
In the Senior (open) category, Emmanuel placed 4th in K1 (single kayak) Men 1000 meters in a time of 4:00.526. Teamed up with Hawaii’s Kaleikoa Kaleoaloha, he also placed 4th in K2 (double kayak) Men 1000 meters in a time of 3:56.366. In the K1 men 200 meters, Emmanuel placed 8th in a time of 41.577 and 5th in K2 again with Kaleikoa in 38.971. These great results earned him a place on the US U23 (under 23 years old) Team for the World Championships in Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal in July, as well as the World Cup regatta in Duisburg, Germany next month.
Ben Karlinsey placed 4th in K1 Men Junior (under 18 years old) 1000 meters in a time of 4:19.166. Ben did not make the final in K1 Men Junior 200, but his strong showing in the 1000 earned him a place in the pool for K-4 Junior Worlds.
Alana Nichols and Hannah Pennington placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the K-1 Woman Para KL2 (use of arms and torso but not legs) class in times of 1:05.125 and 1:05.363. These places and times qualified both for starts at the Duisburg, Germany World Cup regatta next month.
While both Doug and Spike raced well, they did not, nor were they expected to, qualify for berths on the US Team. The great value in their competitive experience was to learn more about USACK and the Trials process and understand the K~C development needs.
“All our goals for this trials were met,’ commented Kenmore~Cascade Head Coach Dan Henderson. ‘The team really stepped up and had a great showing. We couldn’t be more pleased. Ben was competing for a spot in the K-4 – exactly where we hoped he would be selected. Hannah and Alana are headed for World Cup in Duisburg, Germany. Emmanuel has been selected to the U23 team for World Championships and did so well, he was selected to race K-1 Men Senior at the Duisburg World Cup. It’s just solid all around. Thanks to the entire KWAC and Kenmore community for your support, we couldn’t have done this without you!”
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