Kayaking: Van Horns compete at world championships

Evelyn and Ethan Van Horn of Bellefonte competed this past summer for the U.S. in their respective age levels at the World Kayaking Championships.

Evelyn competed at the Junior Worlds and Ethan at the Under-23 Worlds at Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia.

Evelyn had two runs in women’s kayak with scores of 131.77 and 207.87 seconds, with the lower time counting for 31st place. The winner of the heats portion was Karolina Galuskova of the Czech Republic, the 18-year-old daughter of Vladimir Galuska, owner of the Galasport Company, which is a major producer of kayaks and canoes used in slalom racing as well as a variety of paddles and other equipment. Galuskova’s better time was 110.60 seconds for the run of 22 gates.

Since only 30 women’s kayaks were taken for the semifinal run, Evelyn did not advance, missing the final spot by 1.43 seconds. Evelyn, 16, has two more years to compete in the Junior Worlds.

Ethan, 19, had heat runs in the U-23 men’s kayak class were 128.02 and 130.55, which gave him 65th place and were his exiting runs.

Michal Smolen of Charlotte, N.C., won the men’s kayak U-23 heats with scores of 98.10 and 209.70 but did not advance to the finals for that event.

Ethan later teamed with Smolen and Casey Beall of Rockville, Md., for competition in the kayak team race with a run of 171.05 seconds, which was good for 13th place. Germany won in 114.94 seconds.

The event drew competitors from 46 countries, including Canada and Mexico as well as nations from Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

Van Horns compete at Cunovo Slalom

After the world meet, the Van Horns and many others from the U.S. contingent to Bratislava, Slovakia, for a race at Cunovo as part of the European Canoe Association’s Junior Cup.

Evelyn raced in the U-16 event with runs of 129.41 and 130.78, which earned her a third-place finish and a spot in the semifinals.

Her semifinal run on a different course brought her in trouble as she missed two gates on the way to a seventh-place finish in 303.25 seconds. She had a clean run with no penalties and time of 159.07 in her final run to take sixth place. Ivana Trebulova of Slovakia won at 143.07 seconds.

In the open age class, which has no age restrictions, Ethan had heat runs of 103.59 seconds, with no penalties, and 105.34 to capture sixth place and advance to the semifinals. He then posted a time of 145.90 to again post a sixth-place results in the semifinals.

The finals winner was Hellmut Oblinger of Austria with a run of 103.13 seconds.