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U.S. Wildwater Trials Bring Exciting Events

The second field report from Chris Hipgrave on the 2002 USACK Selections


by Chris Hipgrave
USAWildwater K-1

April 21, 2002 -- Ohiopyle, PA

The nation's top Wildwater Racers have completed the a two-race selections, with a mix of predictable results and more than a few surprises.

Saturday Classic Results Highlights *
Men's Kayak Time Percentage
1 Andrew McEwan 16:16.1 100%
2 Chris Hipgrave 17:09.4 105.5%
3 Simon Beardmore 17:32.5 107.8%
4 Middy Tilghman 17:42.3 108.8%
Women's Kayak
1 Amy Dingle 20:24.8 100%
2 Jennie Goldberg 20:46.7 101.8%
3 Chara O'Brien 21:05.2 103.3%
4 Bunni LaBadie 31:30.2 155.1%
Men's Canoe
1 Tom Wier 19:26.3 100%
2 Bob Bofinger 20:25.8 105.1%
3 Chris Osment 20:59.2 108.0%
4 Mike Harris 21:44.4 111.8%
Men's C-2
1 Mike Harris Unkn. 100%
Eastern U.S. Junior Classic Results Highlights *
Junior Men's Kayak Time Percentage
1 Joe Barkley 18:57.1 100%
2 Clay Wilder 19:53.3 104.9%
3 Tyler Dyer 19:54.7 105.1%
       
Juior Women's Kayak
1 Beth Karp 21:39.1 100%
* These race results are preliminary and unofficial. They do not show the times and places of all participants.
Sunday Sprint Results Highlights *
Men's Kayak Run 1 Run 2 Percentage
1 Chris Hipgrave 1:58.8 1:59.6 100%
2 Andrew McEwan 2:02.5 1:56.8 100.4%
3 Middy Tilghman 2:03.5 1:59.5 101.9%
4 Simon Beardmore 2:03.7 2:05.8 104.6%
Women's Kayak
1 Chara O'Brien 2:31.2 2:30.0 100%
2 Jennie Goldberg 2:29.6 2:36.4 101.6%
3 Amy Dingle 2:35.6 3:03.1 112.4%
4 Bunni LaBadie 3:00.1 2:55.6 118.1%
Men's Canoe
1 Tom Wier 2:19.9 2:21.0 100%
2 Chris Osment 2:29.9 2:30.2 106.8%
3 Bob Bofinger 2:37.2 2:41.5 113.5%
4 Mike Harris DNF DNS DNF
Men's C-2
1 Mike Harris Unkn. 3:05.9 100%
Eastern U.S. Junior Sprint Results Highlights *
Junior Men's Kayak Run 1 Run 2 Percentage
1 Joe Barkley 2:17.2 2:12.5 100%
       
Juior Women's Kayak
1 Beth Karp DNF 3:02.3 100%
* These race results are preliminary and unofficial. They do not show the times and places of all participants.

The water remained at springtime high levels for both Saturday's classic event and Sunday's sprints. In all classes, there was a great deal of place-swapping between those strong in classic distance racing and those who fare better in the sprints. The above results are not official, but they do give a reasonably clear indication of who has qualified for the World Championships at Valsesia, Italy./p>

There is yet one more Team Trials race for Junior athletes. For the Junior Worlds, the senior trials doubled as the Eastern Junior Team Trials--where only the top two performing boats from either class will compete at Bala, Wales. Stay tuned to USAWildwater.com for Western Junior Trials reports.


Chris Hipgrave is a K-1 Wildwater racer living near Bryson City, NC. Reach him at hipgrave.chris@gmail.com.

   

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