McCoombs and Tardioli repeat race-off at Trials in Georgia

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GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – Canadian sprint paddlers continued racing for selection to the World Cup Tour team for a second day on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. The trials are the first round of selections the World Championships and Pan American Games and these teams will mainly be selected over the course of World Cups.

In a second final of the Men’s C1 200, Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, NS came out on top. Ben Tardioli of Ottawa, ON was second and as the winner of the first Men’s C1 200 final yesterday was up for a race-off with McCoombs. The same race-off scenario played out last year at the first set of Trials in Georgia and this year McCoombs prevailed. This gives McCoombs the first win for Trials 1 and the two will likely battle it out at World Cups for selection to the World Championships and Pan American Games teams.

Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny & Ben Russell (photo: Bernard Irvin)

Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny & Ben Russell
(photo: Bernard Irvin)

Ben Russell(Dartmouth, NS) and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) won the Men’s C2 1000. This is their first of two wins needed to secure the spot for World Championships and Pan American Games. Russell and Beauchesne-Sévigny placed fourth the last two years at World Championships and have been in strong medal contention at the World level.

Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS) and Rob Clarke (Toronto, ON) won the Men’s K2 1000. Crew selection for Men’s K2 and K4s will be determined over the course of World Cups.

Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS won the Women’s K1 500 to follow up on her win in the K1 200 yesterday. She now holds the first win of two needed for World Championships in both distances.

Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) and Una Lounder (Dartmouth, NS) won the Women’s K2 500. Crew selection for the Women’s K2 and K4 will also be determined over the course of World Cups.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC won a second final in the Women’s C1 200 to take the overall first win for Trials 1. She can lock up selection for the World Championships and Pan American Games Team with the top Canadian placing at World Cups.

Hugues Fournel of Montréal, QC won a second Men’s K1 200 final which took place for K2 200 assessment purposes. Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS did not race the second Men’s K1 200 final today. With his gold medal at World Championships last year, de Jonge’s win yesterday has secured him the spot for both the World Championships and Pan American Games.

Pierre-Luc Poulin of Lac Beauport, QC finished first in a U23 K1 500 final which was raced as part of the initial selection process for the U23 crew boat pool. A second set of trials in Montreal taking place from June 19 – 21 will be the main selection trials for Junior and U23 World Championships. For senior athletes, some selections for World Championships will continue at Trials 2.

CanoeKayak Canada’s High Performance Committee will be at the decision making table tonight and tomorrow. Canada’s team for World Cups will be announced on Monday.

Summary of Results

Event Result
Men’s C2 1000 1) Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS), Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC)2) Paul Bryant (Richmond Hill, ON), Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS)

3) Thomas Hall (Dartmouth, NS), Drew Hodges (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s K1 500 1)   Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS)2)   Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC)

3)  Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS)

Men’s K2 1000 1) Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS), Rob Clarke (Toronto, ON)
2) Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC), Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON)3) Angus Mortimer (Ottawa, ON), Adam Tenwolde (Dartmouth, NS)
Women’s K2 500 1) Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS), Una Lounder (Dartmouth, NS)2) Hayley Plante, Courtney Stott (Toronto, ON), Courtney Stott (Pickering, ON)
Women’s C1 200 – final 2/2 1)  Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC)2) Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON)

3) Taylor Potts (Toronto, ON)

Men’s C1 200 – final 2/2 1) Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS)2) Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON)

3) Aaron Rublee (Kamloops, BC)

Men’s C1 200 – race-off 1) Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS)2) Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON)
Men’s K1 200 – second final 1) Hugues Fournel (Montréal, QC)2) Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS)

3) Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC)

U23 Men’s K1 500 1) Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC)2) Étienne Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC)

3) Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC)


Photos by Bernard Irvin

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