Slalom Team wraps up season

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DEEP CREEK, MARYLAND, USA – The Canadian Canoe Slalom team wrapped up their international season on Sunday at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Deep Creek, Maryland, USA. Ben Hayward of Edmonton finished 39th in the semi-finals of Men’s K1 on Friday night. He had a promising performance in the heat but missed a gate while powering through an on-the-edge run in the semi-final which cost him a fifty-second penalty. A top-ten result was needed to make the final which took place Saturday. This season has been Hayward’s best yet as he made it to two World Cup finals earlier this season where he finished seventh and ninth.Slalom Team wraps up season

Hayward also paired with Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON for the Men’s C2 where the crew placed 32nd in preliminary heats. The top twenty C2s advanced to the semi-finals.

In Women’s K1, Jessica Groeneveld of Innisfail, AB was Canada’s top finisher with a 39th place result in the heat. Ottawa’s Thea Froehlich was 45th and Jazmyne Denhollander of Chilliwack, BC was 46th. Top thirty is needed to make the semi-finals in Women’s K1.

In team relays, the Men’s K1 trio of Ben Hayward, David Ford (Edmonton, AB), and Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) finished eighth overall. The Women’s K1 relay team of Jessica Groeneveld, Thea Froehlich, and Jazmyne Denhollander were ninth.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 39th in semifinal (165.31)
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) & Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C2 32nd in heat (133.29)
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) Women’s K1 39th in heat (127.72)
Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON) Women’s K1 45th in heat (135.65)
Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC) Women’s K1 46th in heat (129.65)
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB), David Ford (Edmonton, AB), Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 Team Relay 8th overall (133.05)
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB), Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON), Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC) Women’s K1 Team Relay 9th overall (155.32)

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