Canoe Kayak Canada: Sprint Paddlers Battle It Out at Team Trials in Georgia

These two articles were originally published on the Canoe Kayak Canada website.

Sprint Paddlers Battle It Out On First Day of Team Trials

Canada’s fastest sprint paddlers started off their competition season for the year with the first set of National Team Trials on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. The trials are being used to select Canada’s team to compete at World Cups in Europe in the second part of May. The trials are also the first round of selections for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and World Championships in Milan, Italy.

Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS won the Men’s K1 200. de Jonge is the reigning World Champion and an Olympic bronze medalist. Today’s win secures de Jonge the spot for World Championships and Pan American Games.

Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON topped the Men’s C1 1000 field. He needs another top spot at World Cups to secure selection to the Pan American Games and the World Championship Team.

Ottawa’s Angus Mortimer won the Men’s K1 1000. This gives him the first win towards selection for Pan Amercian Games and World Championships. Adam van Koeverden finished second in the event and will need to beat out Mortimer at both World Cups to win the K1 1000 spot.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC won the first of two finals in Women’s C1 200. The multiple-time World Champion needs another win in the same event tomorrow to count an overall win at the trials. Two wins between trials and World Cups are needed to secure selection to the World Championships and Pan American Games Team.

Ben Tardioli of Ottawa, ON won the Men’s C1 200 which follows a similar selection route. He’ll need another win in a second final tomorrow to take the overall win for the trials. If someone else wins tomorrow’s final a race-off will take place between the two winners.

In women’s kayak Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS won the Women’s K1 200. Russell won gold in the K1 200 at the 2013 U23 World Championships and has been coming up through the ranks quickly at the international level. She needs another win at World Cup 1 or 2 to be selected for World Championships.

Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC), Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS) raced against the clock as the sole crew in the Women’s K4 500 in an effort to achieve a performance standard. Crew selection for both women’s and men’s K4s will be determined over the course of World Cups.

The crew of Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC), Christopher Mehak (Toronto, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC), Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON) won the Men’s K4 1000 by a margin of 3.4 seconds.

The trials continue until Sunday afternoon and CanoeKayak Canada will announce its World Cup Tour team on Monday.

Summary of Results

Men’s K1 200

1)  Mark de Jonge (Halifax, NS)

2)  Ryan Cochrane

3)  Marc-Alexandre Gagnon (Trois-Rivières, QC)

Men’s K1 1000

1)  Angus Mortimer (Ottawa, ON)

2)  Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON)

3)  Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON)

Men’s C1 1000

1)  Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON)

2)  Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS)

3)  Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC)

Women’s K1 200

1)   Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS)

2)   Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC)

3)   Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS)

Women’s K4 500

1)  Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC), Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS)

Men’s K4 1000

1)  Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC), Christopher Mehak (Toronto, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC), Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON)

2)  Rob Clarke (Toronto, ON), Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS), Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC), Angus Mortimer (Ottawa, ON)

Men’s C1 200 – final 1/2

1) Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON)

2) Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS)

3) Aaron Rublee (Kamloops, BC)

Women’s C1 200 – final 1/2

1)  Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC)

2)   Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON)

3)   Taylor Potts (Toronto, ON)

 

Start lists & Results

Source: http://canoekayak.ca/sprint-paddlers-battle-it-out-on-first-day-of-team-trials-in-georgia/

 

McCoombs and Tardioli Repeat Race-Off at Trials in Georgia

Canadian sprint paddlers continued racing for selection to the World Cup Tour team for a second day on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. The trials are the first round of selections the World Championships and Pan American Games and these teams will mainly be selected over the course of World Cups.

In a second final of the Men’s C1 200, Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, NS came out on top. Ben Tardioli of Ottawa, ON was second and as the winner of the first Men’s C1 200 final yesterday was up for a race-off with McCoombs. The same race-off scenario played out last year at the first set of Trials in Georgia and this year McCoombs prevailed. This gives McCoombs the first win for Trials 1 and the two will likely battle it out at World Cups for selection to the World Championships and Pan American Games teams.

Ben Russell(Dartmouth, NS) and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) won the Men’s C2 1000. This is their first of two wins needed to secure the spot for World Championships and Pan American Games. Russell and Beauchesne-Sévigny placed fourth the last two years at World Championships and have been in strong medal contention at the World level.

Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS) and Rob Clarke (Toronto, ON) won the Men’s K2 1000. Crew selection for Men’s K2 and K4s will be determined over the course of World Cups.

Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS won the Women’s K1 500 to follow up on her win in the K1 200 yesterday. She now holds the first win of two needed for World Championships in both distances.

Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) and Una Lounder (Dartmouth, NS) won the Women’s K2 500. Crew selection for the Women’s K2 and K4 will also be determined over the course of World Cups.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC won a second final in the Women’s C1 200 to take the overall first win for Trials 1. She can lock up selection for the World Championships and Pan American Games Team with the top Canadian placing at World Cups.

Hugues Fournel of Montréal, QC won a second Men’s K1 200 final which took place for K2 200 assessment purposes. Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS did not race the second Men’s K1 200 final today. With his gold medal at World Championships last year, de Jonge’s win yesterday has secured him the spot for both the World Championships and Pan American Games.

Pierre-Luc Poulin of Lac Beauport, QC finished first in a U23 K1 500 final which was raced as part of the initial selection process for the U23 crew boat pool. A second set of trials in Montreal taking place from June 19 – 21 will be the main selection trials for Junior and U23 World Championships. For senior athletes, some selections for World Championships will continue at Trials 2.

CanoeKayak Canada’s High Performance Committee will be at the decision making table tonight and tomorrow. Canada’s team for World Cups will be announced on Monday.

Summary of Results

Men’s C2 1000

1) Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS), Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC)

2) Paul Bryant (Richmond Hill, ON), Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS)

3) Thomas Hall (Dartmouth, NS), Drew Hodges (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s K1 500

1)   Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS)

2)   Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC)

3)  Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS)

Men’s K2 1000

1) Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS), Rob Clarke (Toronto, ON)

2) Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC), Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON)

3) Angus Mortimer (Ottawa, ON), Adam Tenwolde (Dartmouth, NS)

Women’s K2 500

1) Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS), Una Lounder (Dartmouth, NS)

2) Hayley Plante, Courtney Stott (Toronto, ON), Courtney Stott (Pickering, ON)

Women’s C1 200 – final 2/2

1)  Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC)

2) Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON)

3) Taylor Potts (Toronto, ON)

Men’s C1 200 – final 2/2

1) Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS)

2) Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON)

3) Aaron Rublee (Kamloops, BC)

Men’s C1 200 – race-off

1) Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS)

2) Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON)

Men’s K1 200 – second final

1) Hugues Fournel (Montréal, QC)

2) Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS)

3) Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC)

U23 Men’s K1 500

1) Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC)

2) Étienne Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC)

3) Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC)

Results

Photos by Bernard Irvin

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