(L-R: Kaitlyn McElroy, Coach Shaun Caven, and Maggie Hogan with medals in Szeged)
Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) and Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) won the Silver medal Saturday in the Women’s K2 1000m, following up on their Bronze medal won last weekend in the same event. They crossed the line 3:39.969, +2.494 seconds behind the first place finishers from Australia. The Oklahoma City-based duo placed 1st in their 1000m heat to reach the A Final.
Hogan and McElroy also placed 4th in the B Final for the Olympic distance of K2 500m with a time of 1:48.603, +3..840 behind the race’s first place finishers. They finished 4th in their 500m heat and 7th in their semi to reach the Saturday’s B Final.
WHAT: 2013 ICF Sprint World Cup No. 2
WHEN: May 17-19, 2013
WHERE: Racice, Czech Republic
WHO: 4 of the top US sprint paddlers
On Saturday, Ryan Dolan (Kailua, Hawaii) placed 9th in the K1 200m B Final Sunday as Sprint World Cup No. 3 concluded. His final time of 38.170 was +1.876 seconds behind the race’s first place finisher. Dolan finished 3rd in his heat and 5th in his semifinal to qualify for the B Final.
Tim Hornsby (Atlanta, Ga.) finished in 6th place in the 200m C Final with a time of 37.497, which was +0.417 seconds behind the the race’s first place finisher. Hornsby finished 5th in his heat and 6th in his semifinal to reach the C Final.
Team USA will look to improve upon its performance in the World Cup opener last weekend in Szeged, Hungary, May 10-12. Click HERE for a full recap.
For Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) and Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.), they will try to best their Bronze medal-winning race in Women’s K2 1000m. In the Olympic distance of K2 500m, the duo hopes to crack the A Final after narrowly missing out in Hungary.
In Men’s K1 200m, 2012 Olympian Tim Hornsby (Atlanta, Ga.) and Ryan Dolan (Kailua, Hawaii) aim to improve upon their respective B and C Final finishes last weekend. Dolan also reached the 500m B Final.
The four paddlers were selected based on their performance at the 2013 U.S. Sprint Team Trials in Oklahoma City, Okla, April 26-27. The 2013 World Championships Team will be named after the World Cups.
Shaun Caven of Oklahoma City is the coach.
Kaitlyn McElroy, Women’s Kayak: “I think it was a solid start to our season. We were able to make positive changes for each successive race, which is what we want to be able to do. We had a good race in the 1000m. We were able to stay in touch with the leaders throughout the race and so when we kicked it in at the end we were able to put ourselves on the podium. Unfortunately we started our kick a few meters to late to catch the two Hungarian crews but the finish was something we had gone into the race wanting to improve and we did. The 500m races were solid. There are a few technical things we can work on to improve boat run but overall it was a good start to the season. We will start implementing the things we learned this coming week in training.”
Tim Hornsby, Men’s Kayak: “We are all working hard for the same goal to take American canoeing to the next level and its very exciting to be in an such a positive environment with Ryan, Maggie, and Kaitlin all striving towards such lofty goals. I love competing with them against the best in the world and really love seeing everyone do so well. I dream about it all year, It really makes all of the hard work training worthwhile. I’m excited to see what this team can accomplish in the next World Cups and at the World Championships. It’s going to be an exciting year.”
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