Kayaking: Mach One team closing in on season finale

Amy Nelson of State College and Michele Barbin of Snowshoe became new winners on the scene of the Fiddlers Elbow Canoe and Kayak Slalom last weekend, each winning two classes. They joined Alden Henrie of Snowshoe and Zach Grant of Milesburg each won three classes.

Nelson, representing herself, won the women’s kayak class in 188 seconds. She changed kayaks and then won the women’s recreational kayak class in 199 seconds.

Barbin, with Mach One, won the women’s single canoe class in 285 seconds. She then teamed with Grant in the mixed doubles canoe class with a score of 300 seconds.

Henrie won the U16-18 kayak class in 162 seconds, moved on to win the open singles canoe class in 174 seconds and topped it off with a win in the stand up paddling in 260 seconds. Both these scores were the fastest kayak and canoe times of the day at the slalom.

In addition to the mixed doubles canoe class win, Grant won the U12 kayak class in 174 seconds and then teamed with Jacob Saldana of Milesburg to win the doubles canoe class in 238 seconds. Saldana also took second place to Grant in the U12 kayak class with a score of 177 seconds.

Saldana then entered the U12 singles canoe class for the first time this year, winning in 234 seconds.

Caleb Henry of Bellefonte found gold in the U14 kayak class with a 181 score. Second place in U14 went to first timer Alex Lomartire of Zion, 370 seconds.

Finally, Dave Kurtz, Coach of the Mach One team from State College, won a third place in the kayak masters class, scoring 192 seconds. The youth winners were all members of the Mach One Slalom Team of Centre County.

The final event of the day was an attainment race from the bottom of the slalom course up to Gate 9. This race, just for time, found Scott Douglas of Allentown the winner in 95 seconds. Henry took second in 98 seconds and Lomartire rounded out the field in sixth place in 153 seconds.

The Fiddlers Elbow Slalom is one of the original slaloms of the Penn Cup Series which was started in 1977 and has run continuously since then.

Penn Cup

coming to close

The Penn Cup Paddling Series will come to a close next weekend with the staging of the Bellefonte Slalom at the Sunnyside Paddling Park.

Paddlers have been running up scores in their various specialty events since Aug. 1 with the initial slalom at the Milesburg-Sunnyside Slalom.

The following paddling classes will have winners: singles kayak for men and women; singles canoe for men and women; doubles canoe for men, women, and mixed man and woman; recreational (plastic) kayak for men and women; and open canoe singles and doubles. There are no age groups in the Penn Cups. However, a given person may win the class only once to give room for more winners in the future. Participants in national championship events are not eligible.

Individuals must participant and score in at least three slaloms to be eligible. Points are earned on the basis of places won in the various classes. Top score wins a one, the next score a two, etc. The lowest sum from the six slaloms is the winner, with a score of three to be in the perfect lead. If there are any ties, the better score at the Bellefonte Slalom breaks the tie and declares the winner.

Paddlers to watch at Bellefonte in kayak include Grant, Saldana, Henry and Jared Sunday. In women’s kayak, Nelson is heavily favored over Luna Zindel. Be sure to check out Barbin in singles women’s canoe and in mixed doubles canoe with Grant. In open canoe, Gordon Jenness is pretty much tied with Sarah Zajicek.