RECAP: 2013 Lake Placid International

July 12, 2013, 6:31 p.m. (ET)


The 2013 Lake Placid International pitted the best sprint paddlers in the U.S. and Canada against each other. The event also served as the U.S. ParaCanoe Team Trials. Team USA will compete at the 2013 ParaCanoe World Championships, to be held as part of the 2013 Sprint World Championships in Duisburg Germany, Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Here are the nominees:


K-1 Women: Kelly Allen (LTA), Megan Blunk (TA), Carol Rogers (A) 

K-1 Men: Nik Miller (LTA), David Etier (TA), Ryan Padilla (A)

V-1 Women: Anja Pierce (LTA), Megan Blunk (TA), Ann Yoshida (A)

V-1 Men: Greg Crouse (LTA), Bob Balk (TA), Vadim Kin (A)


WHAT: 2013 Lake Placid International

DISCIPLINE: Flatwater Sprint

WHERE: Lake Placid, N.Y.

WHEN: July 6-7

WHO: top senior and junior paddlers from USA and Canada

Click HERE for complete results.

Click HERE to view photos by Joel Guay.


Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) led the way for U.S. senior paddlers with four first place finishes. McElroy won the K1 500m distance, paired with Maggie Hogan (Oklahoma City, Okla.) to win the K2 200m and 500m events, and then took the K4 500m title with Hogan, Nicole Mallory (West Henrietta, N.Y.) and Arezou Fakhr (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

McElroy also placed third in K1 200m final, behind 2nd place finisher Ariel Farrar-Wellman (Bethesda, Md.) and ahead of the 4th place Hogan.

In Men’s Senior Kayak, Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club (LCKC) teammates Chris Miller (Gainesville, Ga.) and Stanton Collins (Gainesville, Ga.) won the K2 200m and 1000m races. Individually, Miller placed 6th in the K1 200m and 8th in the K1 1000m distances.

LCKC took care of business in Men’s Senior Canoe with Ian Ross (Washington, D.C.) taking 1st in C1 1000, C2 1000 with Ben Hefner (Gainesville, Ga.), and C4 1000 with Hefner, Rob Finlayson (Gainesville, Ga.), and Matthew Lam. Ross also placed 5th in the C1 200m race, behind Hefner in 3rd place.

In Women’s Junior Kayak, Alyson Morse (Gig Harbor, Wash.) won the K1 500m distance, then paired up with Natalie Griffin (Gig Harbor, Wash.) to claim the K2 500m title.

Istvan Urban (San Diego, Calif.) and Dylan Puckett (Jones, Okla.) joined forces to win the Men’s Junior K2 1000m final, while also placing 8th and 9th in the Men’s K1 1000m event. Jesse Lishchuk (Philadelphia, Pa.) bested both paddlers by placing 2nd in the distance.

In Men’s Junior Canoe, Andrew Field (Gig Harbor, Wash.) won the C1 1000m final, then teamed up with Gavin Ross to finish 2nd in the C2 200s and C2 1000m distances. Field, G. Ross, Zach Guay (Seattle, Wash.) and Nick Baert combined to win the C4 1000m race. 

In Women’s Junior Canoe, Makenzie Sousley (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Azusa Murphy, and Lydia Keefe Sampson (Seattle, Wash.) placed 5th, 6th and 7th, respectively in C1 500m.


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