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US Open Wildwater Race

What a Great Weekend of Wildwater Racing


by John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak
Wildwater Committee Chair
jpinyerd@usawildwater.com

March 21, 2004 -- Bryson City, NC

The US Open yielded a great Wildwater race and it was also the final regional qualifier for the US Olympic Slalom trials. Howard Chambers and the Nantahala Racing Club put a world class event and both the Slalom and Wildwater events were flawlessly executed.

Our participation in the Wildwater events was cut in half because many of our athletes were racing to earn the right to race at the US Olympic Slalom Trials. We truly wish them the best. I must confess that I got "Olympic fever" in 1992 and did the same thing.

The Wildwater race consisted of two events. Saturday was a short sprint down the slalom course that utilized their electronic start and finish lines. Times ranged from a mere 42 seconds for a K-1 into the mid 50 second range for C-1's. Get used to the idea as this could be the future of Wildwater Sprint in a multiple discipline whitewater venue. Sunday's race was a short classic race from Ferebee to just below the Ledges.

The US Open was weekend of accomplishments for Wildwater:

  • Geoff Calhoun turned in a stunning time on the classic course of 10:15 (which is rumored to be close to the PR of the local pro Chris Hipgrave)
  • Erin Wilder was very motivated and turned out a very nice time in the classic.
  • Zuzana Vanha borrowed a boat, raced the sprints, and showed us why she was one of our top racers a couple years ago. We look forward to more comebacks.
  • Olympian and zillion-time Slalom World Champion, Scott Shipley, was seen purchasing a Wildwater boat. It is rumored that he is going to race.

    Bank of America 2004 Whitewater US Open - March 20-21

      SPRINT CLASSIC OVERALL % PLACE
    C1
    John Pinyerd
    103.39
    746
    200.00
    1
    Joel Abrahams
    120.58
    905
    237.94
    2
    Bob Bofinger
    109.35
    DNS
    N/A
    3
    K1W
    Erin Wilder
    179.05
    838
    200.00
    1
    Zuzana Vanha
    100.35
    DNS
    N/A
    2
    Amy Walters
    DNS
    1031
    N/A
    3
    K1
    Geoff Calhoun
    86.08
    615
    200.00
    1
    Bern Collins
    98.55
    740
    234.81
    2
    Rob Murphy
    102.6
    760
    242.77
    3
    Lincoln Williams
    102.48
    763
    243.12
    4
    Zach Bethea
    110.48
    822
    262.00
    5
    Caleb Bethea
    DNS
    950
    N/A
    6


    John Pinyerd is Chair of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and a C-1 Wildwater racer living in Atlanta. Reach him at jpinyerd@usawildwater.com.

   

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