March 28, 2005 -- Bryson City, NC - Wesser, NC
Once again the US Open provided a great weekend of Slalom and Wildwater
racing with the slalom events serving as a regional qualifier for the
US National Team.
Many of our Wildwater athletes qualified for the Slalom finals on Sunday
with recent competitors in the Wildwater Team Trials Pablo McAndless
and Jamie Tidmore taking the 1st place finishes in slalom K-1M and
slalom K-1W. Wildwater participation was limited this year due to many
of our athletes qualifying for slalom finals and the race occurring on
This year the Wildwater race consisted of a classic event held on the
same course as the US Open Wildwater race last year. The race started
at Ferebee Park and ended just below the Ledges rapid.
The real competition at the US Open Wildwater race was in the Junior
classes with a great deal of discussion as to who would be fastest,
the junior men or women. Emily Stein put in another great performance
but could not edge out Chan Jones, an up and coming mens junior kayaker.
Special thanks to the volunteers for providing assistance with starting
We had a great day of racing with PRs (personal records) set by many of
|Class||Finish||Name||Time||% In Class||% Overall|
|K-1M Cadet||1st||Casey Jones||13:09||100.00%||120.46%|
|K-1M Junior||1st||Chan Jones||11:39||100.00%||106.72%|
|K-1M Junior||2nd||Blake Sparks||12:40||108.73%||116.03%|
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