Mach One team shines at Kish Slalom

Local paddlers of the Mach One Slalom Team took six first places at the recent Kish Slalom on Kishacoquillas Creek near Reedsville recently.

Rylin Pacella of Bellefonte won the kayak Cub Cadet-U12 class and Eric Reichard of State College won the kayak Junior U-18 class.

Alden Henrie of Snow Shoe was a double winner in the canoe singles Cadet-U14 and open canoe class while Nikaelin Pacella was a double winner in the women's kayak Junior-16-U16 class and with Chauncey Blakeslee of Bellefonte in the mixed doubles canoe class.

Rylin Pacella paddled to his first place in the U-12 class in 152 seconds. Taking fourth place was Jacob Saldana of Milesburg in 175 seconds. Zachary Grant of Milesburg had a tough time with gate 18 and ended up with fifth place in 210 seconds.

Reichard won the junior kayak class with a 155 second score.

Henrie won the singles canoe class with a 139 second score and went on to win the open canoe class with a 190 second time. He also grabbed a third place in the kayak cadet U-14 class in 132 seconds.

Nikaelin Pacella won the junior-16 women's kayak class in 170 seconds. She then teamed with Blakeslee to win the mixed doubles canoe class in 289 seconds.

The race turned out to be a competition against two youth teams, the Mach One youths and those from the Potomac Whitewater Team of Bethesda, Md The Potomac Team brought up 9 youth of various age classes and put on a great show of strength and skill. They are coached by Dana Chladek, a bronze medalist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

The Potomac group won 4 classes. Taylor Pittman won the Cadet U-14 class in 127 seconds with team mate Joshua Joseph taking second in 132 seconds. Mach One's Alden Henrie tied Joseph in their better runs, but Joseph won the place on the basis of his better score on his second run of 133 seconds. Henrie ran the course in 135 seconds.

Henry Bergen won the Junior U-16 class in 121 seconds, topping Chauncey Blakeslee with a 122 second score.

The Potomac Team also brought up 4 girls in the U-12 group which did quite well in the kayak and even singles canoe classes.

These groups will meet again on June 1 and June 8 on the Feeder Canal of the Potomac River in the Washington, D.C., area. Information about local youth taking up and learning the paddling sport can be obtained from the website www.mach1team.org.