SCHEDULE (updated Saturday, April 14, 2012, 0922)
1st Runs for C1, K1W, C2, C1W, K1
2nd Runs for C1, K1W, C2, C1W, K1
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Day 2 (Friday) Update:
The athletes were presented with a very different course Friday, resulting in faster times on Day 2 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Whitewater Slalom at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, N.C., April 12-14.
For complete results from both days, click HERE.
The final day of Trials - Saturday - will be streamed live at UniversalSports.com beginning 2:45pm Eastern. Commenting on the action will be USA Canoe/Kayak CEO Joe Jacobi and USNWC course designer Scott Shipley.
The new course seemed to suit Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) who is competing in both Men’s K1 and C2. After recording the 14th fastest time in K1 Thursday, Hurd exploded Friday to finish in 91.79. The time was 2.5 seconds faster than second place finisher Scott Parsons (Bethesda, Md.), who turned in the second and third fastest times of the day.
Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.) roared back Friday to post the fastest time of the day in Men’s C1. Eichfeld finished in 97.54, nearly 3.5 seconds faster than Benn Fraker (Peachtree City, Ga.). With Eichfeld back in contention to potentially win trials, the competition with Fraker should be very interesting.
For the second straight day, Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) recorded the fastest time in Women’s K1, finishing in 108.92. Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.) finished a close second both days.
Scott McCleskey (Sylva, N.C.) and Dave Hepp (Charlotte, N.C.) turned back the clock Friday to finish with the fastest time in Men’s C2. At 33 and 38 years old, respectively, the duo utilized their home course advantage to finish in 110.74, 0.6 seconds faster than Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.).
Micki Reeves (Grand Junction, Colo.) turned in another class-leading time in the non-Olympic Women’s C1, finishing in 174.38. Colleen Hickey (Okawville, Ill.) placed second both days.
The Canadian Olympic Trials concluded Friday with 20-year-old Michael Tayler (Ottawa, Ontario) being named a 2012 Olympian in Men’s K1.
A course can be changed by altering the placement of the gates relative to the water flow. Clear skies and no wind made for perfect racing conditions on Friday.
Two runs for each event will take place each day from 2:45 - 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Out of a possible six runs, an athlete’s best four runs are used for ranking purposes.
Caroline Queen, Women’s Kayak: “I felt really good on both runs. While I got a bit unlucky on the second one with respect to penalties, I can’t be disappointed with how I was paddling.”
Scott Parsons, Men’s Kayak: "Today was another great day of strong performances. I’m happy with my result despite a couple of mistakes. Time to get ready for the third and final day. It is going to be fun!"
William Irving, USA Canoe/Kayak National Teams Director: “[Hurd’s] run today was absolutely incredible. For him to put down a 91-something is absolutely phenomenal. He put himself back in the mix in the K1s, on top of doing well in the C2. He’s leaving himself open to two options for making the Olympics by having great results in both events.”
Joe Jacobi, USA Canoe/Kayak CEO: "The second day of Olympic Trials was marked by the consistency we expect from our top athletes. Our top contenders are ready for an exciting final day of racing [Saturday]."
Top Men's K1 Runs of the Day
(1) Eric Hurd 91.79
(2) Scott Parsons 94.29 run 1
(3) Scott Parsons 94.63 run 2
(4) Scott Mann 94.64
(5) James Wade 95.25
(6) Michal Smolen 95.31 run 2
(7) Brett Heyl 95.33 run 1
(8) Brett Heyl 95.37 run 2
(9) Richard Powell 95.611
(10) Michal Smolen 95.613 run 1
Top Women's K1 Runs of the Day
(1) Caroline Queen 108.92 run 1
(2) Ashley Nee 110.76
(3) Emily Jackson 122.57 run 2
(4) Emily Jackson 129.83 run 1
(5) Aleta McCleskey 152.23 run 2
(6) Aleta McCleskey 155.30 run 1
(7) Caroline Queen 160.50 run 2
(8) Michelle Clements-Kvanli 177.98 run 2
(9) Michelle Clements-Kvanli 184.16 run 1
(10) Anna Ifarraguerri 191.35
Top Men's C1 Runs of the Day
(1) Casey Eichfeld 97.54 run 1
(2) Benn Fraker 101.02
(3) Tad Dennis 102.18 run 1
(4) Casey Eichfeld 104.08 run 2
(5) Zach Lokken 106.09 run 1
(6) Tyler Hinton 107.88
(7) Zach Lokken 115.17 run 2
(8) Tad Dennis 118.48 run 2
(9) Jordan Poffenberger 134.15 run 2
(10) Jordan Poffenberger 145.92 run 1
Top Men's C2 Runs of the Day
(1) Scott McCleskey/Dave Hepp 110.74 run 2
(2) Eric Hurd/Jeff Larimer 111.35 run 1
(3) Devin McEwan/Casey Eichfeld 112.17 run 1
(4) McCleskey/Hepp 113.93 run 1
(5) Hurd/Larimer 115.02 run 2
(6) McEwan/Eichfeld 159.58 run 2
Top Women's C1 Runs of the Day
(1) Micki Reeves 174.38 run 2
(2) Colleen Hickey 175.09
(3) Hailey Thompson 193.42
(4) Micki Reeves 213.48 run 1
(5) Catie Vuksich 270.35
Day 1 Update:
The same four boats that qualified the Olympic start positions for Team USA turned in the top time in each event on Day 1 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Whitewater Slalom at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, April 12.
The final day of Trials - Saturday - will be streamed live at UniversalSports.com. Commenting on the action will be USA Canoe/Kayak CEO Joe Jacobi and USNWC course designer Scott Shipley.
Two runs for each event will take place each day from 3 - 7 p.m. Eastern. Out of a possible six runs, an athlete's best four runs are used for ranking purposes.
Beijing Olympian Benn Fraker (Peachtree City, Ga.) came out on fire to record the fastest two runs in Men's C1, including a first run time of 105.91. Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.)followed up on a great Pan American Championship performance by turning in the top two times in Men's C2, including a second run time of 116.13.
Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) continues her airtight competition with Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.). Queen finished with the top overall time in Women's K1 - a second run time of 124.28, 1.20 seconds faster than Nee's top time.
Two-time Olympian Scott Parsons (Bethesda, Md.) currently leads the pack in the ultra competitive Men's K1 class after turning in a second run time of 100.24. Michal Smolen (Gastonia, N.C.), 2004 Olympian Brett Heyl (Norwich, Vt.), and James Wade (Boise, Idaho) each turned in times within 2.5 seconds of Parson's pace-setting run.
Micki Reeves (Grand Junction, Colo.) finished Day 1 with the top time in the non-Olympic Women's C1 class, crossing the line in 153.63.
Caroline Queen, Women's Kayak: "My first run wasn't my best but I was happy to finish off the day with a run I could be proud of. Looking forward to tomorrow!"
Scott Parsons, Men's Kayak: "There was a lot of pressure and great racing today and I feel fortunate to have performed the way I did. My focus is now on preparing for Day 2."
William Irving, USA Canoe/Kayak National Teams Director: "Benn [Fraker] continues to show that he's still the top C1 male, but Casey [Eichfeld] definitely has the potential for a better run and the course tomorrow will be able to show his abilities even more."
Joe Jacobi, USA Canoe/Kayak CEO: "The first day of Olympic Trials exceeded our expectations. We saw outstanding racing, spectator turnout, and media coverage. We look forward to bigger things to come over the next two days."
Top Men's K1 Runs
(1) Scott Parsons 100.24 run 2
(2) Michal Smolen 101.28
(3) Scott Parsons 101.98 run 1
(4) Brett Heyl 102.04
(5) James Wade 102.41
(6) Scott Mann 104.65 run 2
(7) Richard Powell 104.74
(8) Aaron Mann 104.99 run 2
(9) Scott Mann 105.65 run 1
(10) Aaron Mann 106.63 run 1
Top Women's K1 Runs
(1) Caroline Queen 124.28 run 2
(2) Ashley Nee 125.48 run 1
(3) Ashley Nee 125.82 run 2
(4) Michelle Clements-Kvanli 136.91 run 1
(5) Caroline Queen 138.05 run 1
(6) Michelle Clements-Kvanli 142.66 run 2
(7) Emily Jackson 146.57
(8) Brynn Benson 162.71 run 2
(9) Brynn Benson 168.35 run 1
(10) Aleta McCleskey 172.18
Top Men's C1 Runs
(1) Benn Fraker 105.91 run 1
(2) Benn Fraker 106.19 run 2
(3) Casey Eichfeld 109.32 run 1
(4) Casey Eichfeld 112.93 run 2
(5) Tad Dennis 113.21 run 2
(6) Tyler Hinton 113.86 run 2
(7) Zach Lokken 113.99 run 2
(8) Tad Dennis 118.00 run 1
(9) Tyler Hinton 121.93 run 1
(10) Zach Lokken 124.34 run 1
Top Men's C2 Runs
(1) Eric Hurd/Jeff Larimer 116.13 run 2
(2) Hurd/Larimer 117.60 run 1
(3) Scott McCleskey/Dave Hepp 119.22
(4) Devin McEwan/Casey Eichfeld 119.54 run 1
(5) McEwan/Eichfeld 120.12
Top Women's C1 Runs
(1) Micki Reeves 153.63 run 2
(2) Colleen Hickey 165.13 run 1
(3) Colleen Hickey 184.96 run 2
(4) Micki Reeves 189.82 run 1
(5) Lisa Adams 198.74 run 1
David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports: "We are delighted to expand our partnership with USA Canoe/Kayak to be the exclusive online streaming partner for the 2012 Olympic Team Trials for Whitewater Slalom. Adding this high-profile event to our robust lineup of Olympic, endurance and adventure sports programming further demonstrates the value of Universal Sports to our viewers and business partners."
What: 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Whitewater Slalom
When: Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14, 3-7 p.m. Eastern each day
Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, N.C.
Who: U.S. Slalom Athletes, London 2012 Hopefuls
- Athletes jockeying for Olympic qualification in Men's and Women's Single Kayak (K1), and Men's Single Canoe (C1) and Double Canoe (C2).
- Trials are third of four selection events for accumulating points toward Olympic selection. Next up is World Cup No. 1 in Cardiff, UK, June 8-12.
- The USNWC hosted the 2008 Olympic Trials as well. The center also hosts the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials on April 12-13.
- April 18 marks the official 100 Days Out date from the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 27-August 12, 2012.
Scott Parsons (Bethesda, Md.) and Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) qualified slots for men's and women's K-1, respectively, at the 2011 World Championships in September in Slovakia.
The U.S. canoe athletes earned their slots by placing first at the 2012 Pan American Championships in March in Brazil, which was the last chance to earn Olympic slots. Benn Fraker (Peachtree City, Ga.) earned the men's C-1 slot, while Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.) earned the C-2 slot.
The above-mentioned athletes have the early advantage in the team selection points system. The Team Trials take on added significance should the U.S. fail to place in the Top 20 in a given event at World Cup No. 1.
Scott Parsons, Men's Kayak: "I am very excited about the upcoming Olympic trials in Charlotte. I have prepared well and am hoping for a strong performance that allows me to move on to the next round in Cardiff. The men's kayak class is very strong so I am expecting some very close racing. It should be a lot of fun."
Caroline Queen, Women's Kayak: "The months between the 2011 Worlds and now have flown by. It's unbelievable to me that I've been in Charlotte for about a month now, preparing for the Olympic Trials on the challenging USNWC competition channel. I'm working hard and taking each workout at a time, making sure to enjoy this experience and do my best as a more mature athlete than the last time around."
Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.), Men's Canoe: "Olympic Trials are closing in, and you can see that when you look at the course full of athletes that aren't here often. It feels like 2008 wasn't that long ago, but here we are, getting ready to race it out again. We all have that dream of going to the Olympics, being a part of such a prestigious sporting event, and you will see everyone racing with that goal in the front of their minds."
Joe Jacobi, USA Canoe/Kayak CEO: "This is a very deep and talented field contending to the Olympic Team. Our program's success in London is supported by an intensely competitive selection process that we can count on to deliver an outstanding Olympic Team."
William Irving, USA Canoe/Kayak National Teams Director: "With all boats qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games, the athletes will have three hard fought days to show how hard they have been working this offseason to prepare themselves to be a top 3 U.S. boat. It's going to be a high-energy atmosphere at USNWC and we are expecting some great support by our home fans in Charlotte who will be cheering on our future Olympians."
Jeff Wise, USNWC Executive Director: "Having the U.S. Olympic Trials return to our facility is exciting because it continues to build the Olympic spirit and movement in the Charlotte region. Over the weekend, we'll play host to the many elite athletes from both the United States and Canada. Alongside those athletes, you'll see friends and families playing outside and enjoying a great event."
Is Third Time the Charm? Two-time Olympian Scott Parsons (Bethesda, Md.) qualified the Olympic slot for Team USA in men's slalom K-1 with a 15th place finish at the 2011 Slalom World Championships. A potential third Olympics offer a chance to finally achieve his dream of winning an Olympic medal. He placed 6th at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Parsons will face tough competition from his teammates for the one men's slalom K-1 slot. He finished as high as 8th place on the 2011 Slalom World Cup circuit. He must beat out 2004 Olympian Brett Heyl (Norwich, Vt.) and Scott Mann (Bethesda, Md.).
A True Student-Athlete: Caroline Queen (Darnestown, Md.) is a sophomore at Davidson College in North Carolina, a short drive from the U.S. National Whitewater Center and site of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Slalom Team Trials. The 20-year-old is taking the spring 2012 semester off from school to focus on training for the Trials and, hopefully, her first Olympic Games. She plans to enroll in medical school after completing her undergraduate studies. She cross-trains as a member of the Davidson club field hockey team. Queen qualified the Olympic slot for Team USA in women's slalom K-1 with 37th place finish at 2011 Slalom World Championships. The 2011 U.S. National Champion faces stiff competition from Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.).
Four Years Wiser: Benn Fraker (Peachtree City, Ga.) was a carefree 19-year-old slalom canoe athlete at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. "I was a boy then, and I aim to return in London a man," Fraker said. His paddling as matured. He takes fewer risks and trusts his ability more. Fraker qualified the Olympic slot for Team USA in men's slalom C-1 with a Gold medal at the 2012 Slalom Pan American Championships. The 2011 U.S. National Champion has been pushed by the emergence of teammate Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.), who finished second to Fraker at the Pan American Championships.
Like Fathers, Like Sons: The men's Slalom C-2 tandem of Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.) are both following in the wake of their paddling fathers, Mike Hurd and Mike Larimer. The elder Hurd and Larimer trained with each other on the Chattahoochee River just north of Atlanta. Mike Hurd was also a high school All-American basketball player. Mike Larimer narrowly missed out on competing at the 1992 Olympic Games, but he was able to coach Team USA at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. Surprisingly, their sons have only recently joined forces in doubles canoe. But the duo quickly established themselves as the best C-2 boat in North and South America with a Gold medal at the 2012 Pan American Championships.
About USA Canoe/Kayak
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 @usacanoekayakand Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/USACanoeKayak.
About the U.S. National Whitewater Center
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit outdoor recreation and adventure sports facility. Alongside mountain biking and running trails, a climbing center, zip-lines, flatwater kayaking, high ropes courses and a canopy tour, the facility's most unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and paddling enthusiasts of all abilities. The USNWC is just minutes away from Downtown Charlotte and is situated on over 400 acres of woodlands along the scenic Catawba River. The USNWC is proud to be a U.S. Olympic Training Site that provides outdoor recreation to families, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, casual observers and Olympic-caliber athletes.