Weekend Update

Sept. 20, 2012, 10 p.m. (ET)


: 2012 Kayak Marathon World Championships
When: Sept. 21-23, 2012
Where: Rome, Italy

Nine U.S. athletes made the trip to Italian capital last weekend, including members of U.S. Senior and Junior National Sprint Teams. Team USA took on 39 other countries and nearly 500 competitors.

Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) placed 8th in Senior Women’s K2. Alexandra McLain and Macy Dwyer finished in 18th place.

McLain placed 17th in the Under-23 Women’s K1. Emily Vinson-House (Gainesville, Ga.) finished 22nd.

Stanton Collins and Aaron Mullican placed 23rd and 30th, respectively, in the Junior Men’s K1. Collins and Mullican did not finish the Junior Men’s K2 race.

John DePalma placed 28th in the Senior Men’s K1, while Austin Schwinn did not finish.

The Houston Kayak & Canoe Club will host the 2013 U.S. Marathon Team Trials on Brooks Lake in Sugar Land, Texas, May 18-19, 2013. The U.S. will host the 2014 Marathon World Championships on Sept. 26-28, 2014 in Oklahoma City.

Joe Jacobi, USA Canoe/Kayak CEO: "The 2014 Marathon Worlds on the Oklahoma River at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District is set to raise standards for the sport and attract new fans and participants. From night racing under lights to a uniquely engaging experience for fans, sponsors, media and VIPs, the 2014 Worlds in Oklahoma City will bring a lot of excitement and momentum to the sport."



(photo: Joel Guay)

What: Olympic Hopes Regatta - Flatwater Sprint
When: Sept. 15-16, 2012
Where: Szeged, Hungary

Ten young U.S. paddlers travelled to Szeged, Hungary to compete in the Olympic Hopes Regatta on Sept. 15-16. Team USA consisted of four men’s canoeists, four men’s kayaks and two women’s kayaks - all teenagers. Hundreds of athletes competed from 27 countries. 

Matthew Lam finished 5th in the Men’s C1 200m Final for 15-year-olds with a time of 45.957. Caleb Chuck and Zach Guay combined to place 8th in the C2 1000m Final for 17-year-olds. Lam, Chuck, Guay and Gavin Ross then joined forces to place 6th in the C4 200m with a time of 45.795.

Dylan Puckett (Jones, Okla.) and Istvan Urban took 6th in the Men’s K2 1000m Final for 15-16-year-olds. Alyson Morse placed 7th in the Women’s K1 200m Final for 16-year-olds with a time of 45.795. Kayakers Natalie Griffin, Garen Doyle and Michael Weyna all reached the semifinals.

Kristi Guay, U.S. Team Manager: “We saw some very successful races, and some great learning experiences, some highlights and some disappointments. Though some of the results were not what the athletes were hoping for, the experience they gained in international racing meant that all of them came away much better competitors.”

“Team USA has hit the radar of paddling heavyweights throughout Europe. They are watching us closely and acknowledging the U.S. as a legitimate competitor.”

Dan Henderson, Team Leader: “We also discussed what we need to do to bridge the gap between where we are now and reaching the podium – the volume of training, developing muscle mass, and improving our speed endurance. I believe that this group of fine young U.S. paddlers is up to the challenge. Let the good work that leads to the podium continue in earnest.”

USA Canoe/Kayak is a non-profit membership organization based in Oklahoma City, OK, promoting canoe and kayak racing in the United States. A member of the United States Olympic Committee, USA Canoe/Kayak is the national governing body for the Olympic sports of Flatwater Sprint and Whitewater Slalom and the official U.S. federation of the International Canoe Federation. Other paddling sports sanctioned by USACanoe/Kayak include Marathon, Freestyle, Wildwater, Stand Up Paddleboard, Canoe Polo, Canoe Sailing, Outrigger, and Dragon Boat. For more information about USA Canoe/Kayak, please visit us on the web at www.usack.org, on Twitter at @usacanoekayak and Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/USACanoeKayak.