B.C.’s Sprint athletes complete National Team Trials

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Sprint-Trials

Twelve B.C. paddlers were among close to 300 athletes who completed the final National Sprint Team Trials this weekend at the Basin Olympic in Montreal. Leading the way was Ridge’s Brian Malfesi who won two gold medals.

“It has been a big weekend for our Canadian sprint athletes and we were happy see their hard work being put into some exciting races over the last three days”, said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada. “Now, it’s time to make the final selection of the athletes that will be representing Canada on the world stage in the next few months.”

B.C. Results

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club:

  • Alex Brent (1997)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 4th Heat 11 (1:40.860)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 2nd Heat 8 (3:51.455); 4th Semi 2 (3:43.774) [scratched]
  • Matthew Koehler (1998)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 6th Heat 12 (1:47.414)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 5th Heat 5 (3:52.868)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 7th Heat 8 (00:40.680)
    • Men’s K-2 1000 (with James Lavallee): 6th Heat 2 (3:37.630); 2nd Semi 2 (3:27.187); 8th A Final (3:46.526)
  • Samantha Loutet (2001)
    • Women’s C-1 200: 6th Heat 2 (00:54.840); 6th Semi 3 (00:54.398); 7th Junior Final (00:54.231)
    • Women’s C-2 500 (with Nikole Gorelova): 6th Heat 1 (2:17.737); 6th Semi 1 (2:15.341)
    • Women’s C-1 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:27.836); 4th Semi 1 (2:23.276); 7th B-Final (2:49.352)
  • Ivan Strashenko (2001)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 8th Heat 11 (1:47.396); 6th Semi 3 Repechage (1:53.723)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 4th Heat 9 (4:00.132); 3rd Semi 3 Repechage (3:57.139); 6th Olympic Hopes Final (4:00.452)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 7th Heat 4 (00:42.313)

False Creek Sprint Racing Canoe Club:

  • Elisa Robson-Brown (2001)
    • Women’s K-1 500: 9th Heat 6 (2:13.298)
    • Women’s K-1 200: 7th Heat 4 (00:48.289)
  • Tiffany Yau (2000)
    • Women’s K-1 500: 8th Heat 8 (2:13.893)
    • Women’s K-1 200; 7th Heat 11 (00:49.509)
  • Ydris Hunter (2001)
    • Men’s C-1 1000: 5th Heat 8 (4:16.941); 5th Semi 1 (4:12.190); 7th B-Final (4:12.186)
    • Men’s C-1 500: 2nd Heat 5 (1:56.936); 4th Semi 2 (1:58.308);8th B-Final (2:25.338)
  • Marvin Bader (2001)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 7th Heat 2 (1:48.784); 7th Semi 3 Repechage (1:54.941)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 6th Heat 8 (3:57.621); 7th Semi 1 Repechage (4:01.637)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 6th Heat 1 (00:40.050); 7th Semi 3 Repechage (00:42.275)
  • Quinn Thomson (2003)
    • Men’s C-1 1000: 9th Heat 7 (4:53.254); 6th Semi 2 Repechage (4:41.489)
    • Men’s C-1 500: 8th Heat 7 (2:14.644); 5th Semi 3 Repechage (2:11.854)

Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Spencer Robinson (2000)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 8th Heat 5 (1:51.854)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 6th Heat 4 (4:00.590); 3rd Semi 1 Repechage (3:55.329)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 5th Heat 10 (00:41.127); 9th Semi 2 Repechage (00:43.013)
  • Aiden Tabata (2000)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 7th Heat 7 (1:55.320)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 6th Heat 11 (00:41.753); 7th Semi 1 Repechage (00:42.614)

Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Brian Malfesi (1993)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 1st Heat 11 (1:38.086); 2nd Semi 3 (1:42.014); 7th A-Final (1:43.648)
    • Men’s K-2 1000 (with Marshall Hughes): 1st Heat 1 (3:20.849); 1st A-Final (3:34.010)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 1st Heat 9 (3:47.976); 1st Semi 1 (3:36.157); 1st A-Final (3:34.861)

Canoe Kayak Canada will be announcing the 2018 Canadian Teams later this week on the Canoe Kayak Canada’s website.

Other notable results

Among the many great results of Sunday, Dominik Crête of Trois-Rivières placed first in the Men’s K1 200m final with a time of 34.6 seconds, in a close finish with Olympian Mark De Jonge (Maskwa) and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport).

Once again, three generations of Women’s canoe stood on the same podium. World Champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières) took the lead in the Women’s C1 500m final, followed by teammate Katie Vincent (Mississauga) and Junior athlete Sofia Jensen (Cascades).

On the men’s side, Stephen Frodsham (Rideau) won the C1 500m race, followed by Roland Varga (Richmond Hill) and Drew Hodges (Rideau). Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire) placed first in the women’s K1 200m event in a close finish with Andreanne Langlois (2nd – Trois-Rivières) and Michelle Russell (3rd – Cheema).

Among the many great results Saturday, paracanoe athletes showed some impressive and inspiring performances. Erica Scarff from Balmy Beach placed first in the Para K1 Women 200m with a time of 54.9 seconds while on the men’s side, Zacharie Lauzière-Fitzgerald from Sherbrooke won with a time of 44.7 seconds.

Mathieu St-Pierre from Shawinigan took first place in the Para Open VA 200m-race, followed closely by Dave Waters from the Maskwa Aquatic Club in Nova Scotia.

Other great performances on Saturday included Brian Malfesi (Ridge) winning the Men’s K1 1000m, Connor Fiztpatrick (Senobe) and Roland Varga (Richmond Hill) coming first in the Men’s C2 1000m, Nadya Crossman-Serb (Toba) and Hannah MacIntosh (Senobe) taking first place in the Women’s C2 500m and Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire) and Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach) finishing first in the Women’s K2 500m event.

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