(Paddling in front of a hometown crowd, kayaker Dylan Puckett qualifies for his 2nd Jr. National Team.)
USA Canoe/Kayak would like to congratulate the following athletes who have met the selection criteria and will be representing Team USA this summer.
The 2014 U.S. Senior World Cup Team will compete at World Cups Nos. 2 and 3.
Canoe Men: Ian Ross (Bethesda, Md.), Antoine Meunier (Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club)
Female kayaker Alex McLain (LCKC) and male canoeist Ben Hefner (Gainesville, Ga.) will also compete, although not as official members of the U.S. Senior World Cup Team.
The 2014 U.S. Under-23 and Junior World Championships Teams will compete at the Under-23/Junior World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, July 17-20.
Kayak Women: Alyson Morse (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Danielle Borm (San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team), Leilani Borm (SDCKT), Samantha Barlow (SDCKT), Farran Smith (LCKC)
Kayak Men: Dylan Puckett (Jones, Okla.), Miles Cross-Whiter (Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club), Nathaniel Errez (SCKC), Josh Turner (OKC Boathouse)
Canoe Men: Andrew Field (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Erik North (Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Race Team), Haydon Tieman (GHCKRT)
The Teams were selected at the 2014 USA Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Team Trials.
When: April 25-26, 2014
Click HERE for complete results.
In what seems like a 6-year battle for men’s kayak 200-meter supremacy, Tim Hornsby and Ryan Dolan sparred again on Saturday. One from Hawaii, one from Georgia, they met in Middle America with only one World Championship berth on the line.
Hornsby, a 2012 Olympian, won this round in emphatic fashion, finishing in 39.248 – 1.24 seconds faster than the 2nd place Dolan. Dolan wouldn’t go home empty handed, winning the men’s K-1 1000m and K-2 200m races.
Stanton Collins and Chris Miller of Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club won the men’s K-2 1000m race, and finished 3rd in the 200m.
In women’s kayak, Kaitlyn McElroy swept the senior-level races, finishing 1st in K-1 200m, K-1 500m, and the K-2 500m with Maggie Hogan. The duo will race the K-2 200m and 500m events on the World Cup circuit.
In men’s canoe, Ian Ross maintained his dominance in the 1000m, while the Canada-born Antoine Meunier finished first in the 200m. Meunier, a regular on the Canadian National Team, has an American mother. It was his first time competing for the U.S. and he is eligible to represent Team USA internationally.
Meunier will be the lone U.S. participant at this weekend’s World Cup No. 1 in Milan, Italy, May 2-5. The rest of the team will join him at World Cup No. 2 in Racice, Czech Republic, May 16-18.
In the junior ranks, Alyson Morse finished first in both the women’s K-1 200m and 500m races. Lydia Keefe Sampson took top honors in C-1 200m.
Junior kayaker and hometown favorite Dylan Puckett won the men’s K-1 200m, 1000m, and K-2 200m with Josh Turner of Riversport OKC.
Junior canoeist Andrew Field claimed victories in both the men’s C-1 200m and C-1 1000m finals.
More than 100 of the country’s best sprint paddlers will descend upon the Oklahoma City Boathouse District for two days of intense racing. At stake – coveted spots on the U.S. National Teams for all age groups.
The race marks the beginning of the 2014 season for most paddlers. Qualifying athletes will be nominated to compete in the Senior World Cups, Junior and Under-23 World Championships, Olympic Hopes Regatta, and Lake Placid International.
Among the many athletes vying to represent the U.S. internationally in the coming months will be Ryan Dolan (Kailua, Hawaii) and 2012 Olympian Tim Hornsby (Atlanta, Ga.) in men’s kayak, Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Maggie Hogan (Oklahoma City, Okla.) in women’s kayak, and Ian Ross (Bethesda, Md.) and Ben Hefner (Gainesville, Ga.) in men’s canoe.
“It’s always nice being back [at the] start of the new season to see where everyone is at and begin the racing season,” Dolan said. “I remember this point in the last quad. Time goes really fast and there is a lot of work to be done to get qualifications going next season already - everything depends on that.”
The athletes will compete in 200, 500, and 1000-meter, singles and doubles, canoe and kayak races on the Oklahoma River. The event will also feature races in the sport of paracanoe. All races are free and open to the public.
The Boathouse District will also host the 2014 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships on September 24-28.
Tim Hornsby, men's kayak: "It's really exciting to be back in OKC. It is definitely a special place for me, as it was where I started my Olympic experience in 2012. It has been great to return to this venue each year since and witness the growth in OKC's paddling program and the amazing infrastructure that makes this venue one of the best in the world. I had an awesome day at the venue today, I met a few young local paddlers who's passion and dedication to the sport gave me great excitement in the future of OKC and USA C/K. Additionally, I am very excited to start my racing season here - a great jumping off point for rest of the season!"
Kaitlyn McElroy, women's kayak: "I am excited for competition to start. Maggie [Hogan] and I have worked hard to build strength during the offseason and I look forward to seeing the positive changes that it will make for the K2 this year."
Ian Ross, men's canoe: "[I'm] stoked to have the opportunity to qualify to represent the U.S. in competition again."
Headquartered in Oklahoma City, USA Canoe/Kayak is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Canoe Federation. It governs the Olympic disciplines of Flatwater Sprint, Whitewater Slalom, the Paralympic discipline of Paracanoe and sanctions Freestyle, Marathon, Outrigger, Wildwater, Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak Polo, Dragon Boat and Canoe Sailing in the United States. 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.