Kayaking: Local paddlers fare well in recent events

From CDT staff reportsMay 12, 2013 

Chuck Wendler of Philipsburg and Alden Henrie of Snow Shoe were placewinners at the recent Blackwater Slalom, a part of the New England Slalom series.

Wendler won two silver medals, finished second in the open singles canoe and open canoe singles-medium length events.

Henrie was the runner-up in the open singles canoe class. In the open kayak class, Henrie was finished fourth in 158 seconds.

Heartbreak Slalom

Bellefonte’s Evelyn Van Horn came home with a second-place kayak finish recently in a warm-up for the upcoming U.S. National Team Trials at the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center.

Van Horn finished second on the first day of competition with a run of 151.5 second, falling to Eliza Malakoff of Bethesda, Md., a tenth of a second. On Day 2, Van Horn edge Malakoff on the second day 133.88-133.92.

The U.S. Slalom Team Trials will take place on May 16-19 at the Adventure Sports Center in McHenry, Md.

Kish Kayak

and Canoe Slalom

LEWISTOWN — Local paddlers from the Mach One Slalom team recently brought home eight first-place victories at the Kish Intermediate Slalom recently.

Double winners included Evelyn Van , Sarah Mosier of State College and Chauncey Blakeslee of Bellefonte. Van Horn and Mosier each won their respective kayak and canoe classes and then teamed together to win the doubles canoe class for women. Blakeslee was tops in kayak junior

and teamed with Nikaelin Pacella of Bellefonte to win the mixed doubles canoe class.

Van Horn won the women’s kayak class for junior-16 paddlers in 129 seconds. Sarah Mosier took second in 148 seconds and Pacella was a very close third in 149 seconds.

In singles canoe for women Mosier won in 153 seconds with Van Horn taking second in a very close 156 seconds.

These two team together to win the women’s doubles canoe class in 181 seconds.

The Pacella-Blakeslee mixed doubles team took the gold in that class in 188 seconds. Winning silver in the overall mixed doubles canoe class was Maya Humeau and Joshua Joseph of Bethesda, Md., with a time of 199 seconds.

Blakeslee won the Junrio-16 kayak class in 126.7 seconds but was edged in the overall best score of the day by cadet paddler Henry Bergen of Bethesda. Also in that kayak cadet class, Alden Henrie took the silver in 143 seconds. Third place was taken by Isaac Iron Cloud from Lewistown in 252 seconds. It was Iron Cloud’s first slalom race.

In the cub cadet kayak class, Rylin Pacella of Bellefonte finished third in 277 seconds.

Henrie then reached for a singles canoe and promptly won the cadet age classification in 158 seconds.

In the adult classes, Kimberly Jacko of Lewistown won the women’s kayak in a time of 236 seconds, while Dave Kurtz of State College won the men’s kayak class in 150 seconds.

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