Spain Hosts the Final Stop on the Slalom World Cup Circuit
Jim Wade (Boise, Idaho) finished 22nd in the Men’s Kayak semifinal Saturday with a time of 97.43, +5.91 seconds behind the first place finisher in the round. Etienne Daille of France would go on to win in the final round.
Click HERE for complete results from Slalom World Cup No. 3 in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain, June 22-24.
Zach Lokken (Durango, Colo.) missed a gate during his Men’s Canoe semifinal run to finish 30th with a time of 171.88. Jordi Domenjo of Spain would end up winning the final round. Next up for Lokken, 18, is the 2012 Junior and U23 World Championships in Wausau, Wis., July 11-15.
In Women’s Canoe, Micki Reeves (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Colleen Hickey (Okawville, Ill.) placed 13th and 15th, respectively, in the semifinal. Reeves crossed the finish line in 175.61. Ten seconds of penalty time were enough to knock her out of the Top 10 and a spot in final round as her total time was 6.25 seconds behind the 10th place finisher.
In Women’s Kayak, Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.) and Emily Jackson (Rock Island, Tenn.) finished 35th and 47th, respectively, in the qualifying heats and would not advance to Sunday’s semifinal. Nee turned in a first run time of 101.17, +11.79 behind the leader through heats. One two-second gate touch penalty was enough to knock her out of the Top 30 and a berth in the semifinals. Jackson finished in 113.35, including four penalty seconds.
This concludes the 2012 Slalom World Cup circuit for Team USA.
WHAT: 2012 ICF Slalom World Cup No. 3
WHEN: June 22-24, 2012
WHERE: La Seu d’Urgell, Spain
WHO: Coaches Silvan Poberaj and Rafal Smolen
Men’s Kayaks: Jim Wade (Boise, Idaho), Michal Smolen (Gastonia, N.C.), Ricky Powell (Parkesburg, Pa.)
Women’s Kayaks: Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.), Emily Jackson (Rock Island, Tenn.)
Men’s Single Canoes: Zach Lokken (Durango, Colo.)
Women’s Single Canoes: Micki Reeves (Grand Junction, Colo.), Colleen Hickey (Okawville, Ill.)
In Men’s Kayak, Wade finished 15th to advance to Saturday’s semifinal with a penalty-free second run time of 86.26, which was +2.17 seconds behind the leader through qualifying heats. The most veteran member of the U.S. team in Spain will look to improve upon his 18th place finish at World Cup No. 1 two weekends ago.
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Powell and Smolen placed 53rd and 54th, respectively, to wrap up their 2012 World Cup circuit. Powell finished in 92.09, with one 2-second touch penalty. Smolen missed a gate on his first run, but finished his second in 92.30 with 4 penalty seconds. Smolen will now turn his sights toward Wausau, Wis., sight of the 2012 Junior and U23 World Championships, July 11-15.
In Men’s Canoe, Lokken reached Saturday’s semifinal with a 30th place finish. His penalty-free second run time of 95.83 was +7.36 seconds behind the leader through heats. An injury has kept Tyler Hinton (Denver, Colo.) from competing this weekend.
In Women’s Canoe, both Reeves and Hickey advanced to Saturday’s semifinal by placing 10th and 15th, respectively. Reeves turned in a first run time of 128.34 with 6 penalty seconds. Hickey missed a gate on second run en route to a time of 193.29.
Nee and Jackson compete Saturday in the qualifying heats for Women’s Kayak.
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