SCKC Paddlers return from 2016 Nationals
Congrats on great performances from SCKC paddlers! Results are here.
2016 Ted Houk Regatta Results are up!
Race results for this year's Ted Houk Regatta are here.
Five SCKC Paddlers Named to 2016 US National Teams!
The Seattle Canoe & Kayak Club, based in the Green Lake Small Craft Center, sent 1 Senior athlete, 3 Junior athletes and 1 Paracanoe athlete to the 2016 USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trials in Gainesville, Georgia on April 29-30, 2016, and all 5 athletes were named to US National Teams.
Lydia Keefe Sampson, 19, won gold in the Senior Women C1 500m and C1 200m events, and also place 1st in the Senior C2 500m and 200m events with partner Azusa Murphy, 17. Murphy won the Junior Women C1 500m and 200m events, and won silver in the Senior Women C1 500m race and bronze in the C1 200m event. Sampson will represent the US at Senior World Cup I in Duisberg, Germany and Senior World Cup II in May, as well as at the U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Minsk, Belarus in July 28-31, 2016. Murphy will represent the US in the Junior Pan American Championships in Gainesville on May 19-22, 2016 as well as at the Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships in Minsk.
Nate Errez, 17, and Miles Cross-Whiter, 17, won the Junior Men’s K2 200m meter race. The two placed 4th and 6th respectively in the Junior Men K1 1000m race. Cross-Whiter also won the Junior Men K1 200m race. Errez will represent the US at the Junior Pan American Championships in Gainesville, Georgia and both athletes will be racing at the Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Vadim Kin, 52, was named to the US Paracanoe team, and will represent the US at World Cup III in Duisberg, Germany in May in the VL1 race.
In anticipation of 2 women’s canoe events being added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the International Canoe Federation (ICF)has supported the development of Women’s Canoe through a Talent Identification Programme (TIP) training camps and support for international regattas since 2012. Two SCKC women paddlers were selected for these camps.
Lydia Keefe Sampson will participate in a TIP Training Camp in Hungary, before racing in Senior World Cup I in Duisberg, Germany and Senior World Cup II in Montemor-o-velho, Portugal in May. Both Sampson and Murphy earned spots at the 10 day Junior/U23 TIP camp in Minsk, Belarus before representing the US at the ICF Junior/U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Minsk, Belarus on July 28-31, 2016.
SCKC Paddlers Return From 2015 Olympic Hopes Regatta
Three SCKC paddlers had the great honor of being selected for the United States team for this year's Olympic Hopes regatta in Bydgoszcz, Poland, wiith all of our paddlers making a final! SCKC results included Azusa Murphy 5th in C1 200m finall and 4th in C1 500m final; Miles Cross-Whiter 7th in mens K1 final; MIles and Nate Errez 6th in mens K2 200m final; and MIles, Nate, and with Balazs Szalay (SDCKT) and Aukai Manson (HCKT) taking 5th in the mens K4 final. SCKC earned the bulk of the points for the US team! Congratulations also to our friends and friendly rivals from Gig Harbor who had nine athletes (most of the U.S. team) selected for Olympic Hopes this year!
SCKC Has a Great 2015 Nationals!
The US Canoe and Kayak Sprint National Championships this year were at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Thanks to San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team for putting on a great event! SCKC had great results, earning many medals and national championships in both individual and team boats.
Full results by race are here.
2015 Ted Houk Regatta Results
Results are here. Great performances by Northwest paddlersl This is a very competitive regatta and top finishes are hard to get. With the strength of our local clubs, the finish order in many of our events will not be that different than in the upcoming national championships! Thanks to our volunteers who helped make this regatta a success.
2015 USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint Team Trials Results
Congratulations to Lydia Keefe Sampson who will be representing the United States at the 2015 Pam Am Games! SCKC paddlers again produced results disproportionate to their numbers, earning a number of trips to international competitions. Full results are here.
Coaching Opportunities Available
Greenlake Small Craft Center is looking for qualified coaches for 2015 development classes. Contact Jason Frisk at 206-684-4074 or email@example.com for details.
2014 Year in Review
2014 was a great year for SCKC! Our adult and junior membership ranks grew with paddlers, ranging in age from 10 to 77, competing at the national level.
SCKC also had several athletes racing at the highest levels of international competition.
2014 Junior National Team
Miles Cross-Whiter – Kayak Men
Nathaniel Errez – Kayak Men
Lydia Keefe-Sampson - Canoe Women
2014 Olympic Hopes Regatta
The Olympic Hopes Regatta is an international competition which brings together the best junior athletes identifed by their national programs as potential Olympians from around the world. This year 22 countries were represented.
The following SCKC paddlers were named to the 2014 Olympic Hopes Regatta in Piestany, Slovakia.
Miles Cross-Whiter – Kayak Men
Nathaniel Errez – Kayak Men
Reidar Jacobson – Canoe Men
Azusa Murphy – Canoe Women
A notable result for the United States and SCKC was Azusa Murphy's bronze medal finish in the womens 200M C1 final. This was the first US medal ever in canoe/kayak Olympic Hopes racing!
Another noteworthy performance was achieved by Miles and Nathaniel from SCKC, who made the final in the very competitive 200M K2. The spread in the final between the first and last place boats was a miniscule 1.4 seconds. When the dust (and spray) had all settled, Miles and Nathaniel ended up with a 6th place finish, a tiny margin out of the medals.
After missing some training time due to a broken wrist, Reidar still managed to make the semifinal of the 200m C1 event.
An essential part of the team was Tami Oki from SCKC who performed admirably as the US Olympic Hopes team manager. In additional to many other duties, Tami is also Chair of the Sprint Officials Committee for USA Canoe and Kayak.
2014 Pan American Championships
Lydia Keefe-Sampson from SCKC was the 2014 Bronze Medalist in the 5000m C1! Lydia also made the final of the 200m C1, finishing 7th.
Michael Weyna (and partner Jonny Espinosa, San Diego Canoe & Kayak Team) was 4th in the Junior Men's K-2 200M and 5th in the Junior Men's K-2 1000M.
2014 Sprint Canoe/Kayak National Championships
The 2014 championships were held in Lake Lanier, GA. This is a great venue and the site of the 1996 Olympic rowing and canoe/kayak competitions. Typically, Georgia in August can be oppressively hot, afternoon highs in the mid 90s with very high humidity. Fortunately for SCKC paddlers, in 2014 the area was hit with an unusual August cold spell, with afternoon highs on two days not even reaching the 80's. SCKC brought home a boatload of medals for both junior and masters paddlers.