2019 News

2019 Frostbite Camp is a Wrap--Thank You!!!

Thanks to the 86 junior and senior athletes who came out to train, learn and race together for 3 days Thanks to the 28 coaches from 10 different clubs who came out to coach in the camp. Thanks to the many SCKC volunteers and Small Crafts staff who worked over the last 3-months to organize and put-on the camp this weekend. Thanks to the SCKC volunteers who volunteered their weekend to help drive boats, prep and serve food, and run the race on Monday. Thanks to the SCKC families who hosted paddlers from out of town and thanks to the SCKC members who loaned their sprint boats to out of town campers to use.

Results in the racing showed the strength of the field in US paddling.  In the 2K with turn race (results here), both Jonas Ecker (from Bellingham) and Aaron Small from SCKC both broke the previous course record, with Jonas edging out Aaron by .1 second in a photo finish, with others close behind.  In the 10K race, Aaron took a chance by taking the lead early in the first lap instead of drafting, but managed to stay ahead in a close finish.  Abbie Scoggins was first in the womens 10K with a very strong performance.  In the 5K, Elena Wolgamot was first in the women and Benji Blanck took 1st in the men.  Results for 5K and 10K races for the Eric Hughes Memorial Regatta are here.

Olympic Hopes Regatta, Bratislava Slovakia Sept 13-15

Olympic Hopes is the U15-U17 world championships, so just below the Junior (U18) world championships. This year the US took a big team of 30+ athletes and had a breakout year! Three different US athletes medaled: Jonas Ecker (BHAM) 3rd in 500m K1, Emma Albrecht (GIG) 3rd in U15 200m C1, and Zoe Hein (San Diego) 2nd in U16 200m C1. Overall the US made 9 A Finals, which at least double what they made last year. In addition, many paddlers made B Finals and won 2 of those. SCKC had 1 member on the US team, Vaughn Schenk who competed in K1 U15 1000m, 500m and 200m. He had a fantastic regatta with big PRs in all distances and made the B Finals in all distances with his top finish being 4th in the 1000m U15 B Final.

SCKC Represented at ICF Ocean Racing World Championships, France Sept 8-15

Two SCKC members represented the US at the championships: Wilson Reavley (U23 division) and Greg Barton (Senior and Masters divisions). Greg won the Masters 55-60 division and was 6th overall among the masters. In the senior division, Greg was 33rd. Wilson was 48th in the U23 division. A PNW junior, Ana Swetish from Bellingham won the junior women's division.

The Next Generation of SCKC Stars Races at Bantam Champs!

The 5 younger team members and 8 development program paddlers headed to Maple Ridge, Canada, for the annual Pacific Cup Regatta, aka Bantam Champs on Sept 7-8. This is the end of season regatta for our bantam and development paddlers. Despite a bit of rain, they had a great regatta, gained a bunch of racing experience, and had fun! The team made too many finals to list, but here are a few of the ribbons:
  Soren & Ellenora 3rd in U12 Men's K2 500m
  Ellenora 4th in U12 Women's 1000m K1
  Owen 7th in U13 Men's 1000m K1 and 3rd in U13 Men's 1000m C1
  Soren 1st in U11 Men's 1000m K1
  Ellenora 4th in U12 and 5th in U13 Women's 1000m K1
  Einar 11th in U14 Men's 1000m K1

Three SCKC Paddlers Represent USA at Senior and Para World Championships

Three SCKC paddlers represented the United States at the Senior and Para World Championships, in Szeged, Hungary, on August 21-25.

SCKC senior members (Miles Cross-Whiter in K2, Lydia Keefe Sampson in C2 and Vadim Kin in VL1) were on the US team. In addition, Nevin Harrison and Nate Errez who paddled with SCKC as juniors were also on the team. The huge news was that Nevin won the Women's 200m C1 race!! World Champion!! In doing so, she qualified the US for the Olympics in 200m C1! Nevin's historic win was the pinnacle of the strongest US results at the world championship in many years: 19 semifinals, 9 finals (1 A Final, 6 B Finals, 1 C Final). Miles and his partner Alex won the 500m K2 B Final and were 2nd in the 200m K2 B Final (so 10th and 11th overall)! Vadim placed 4th in VL1 200m.

Congrats to all!  Congratulations especially to World Champion Nevin Harrison!  Although Nevin has left SCKC for now to train with the strong C1 program at Gig Harbor, SCKC is happy to take the credit, deserved or not, for working with her during her formative years to make her the paddler she is today!

A Small SCKC Team Finishes Strong at Nationals

This year we had 11 paddlers at Nationals: bantam (Ellenora), juvie (Vaughn and Ronan), junior (Jake, Aaron and Liam), senior (Miles and Lydia, coming back to race for SCKC), and masters (Eli, John and Vadim).  Nationals was held this year at Lanier and the venue was great. Weather was hot on a couple days but not as bad as it has been in some other years.  A big success was also that we made every event that we entered.  The online results system was having serious technical difficulties which meant that we were getting lane numbers and progressions sometimes less than 15min before events and events were sometimes run out of order. It was a team effort to keep track of our events and we had a few mad sprints down the Lanier stairs.  Nationals was a qualification event for the Olympic Hopes Regatta (in Slovakia).  Vaughn qualified for OHR, the sole 2004 to do so.  He’ll be representing TeamUSA at OHR in late September. Lydia and Miles made the Senior Worlds team at Trials and leave for that in a few days. Vadim made the Para Worlds and will also be competing in that at the end of August. Aaron competed at Junior Worlds the week before Nationals.


Though the team was small, the team was strong and everyone competed well. As was the case last year, team members paired with other clubs to dominate the team boat events that they entered. Lydia and Nevin won the Senior C2 500m and 200m. Lydia also was in the winning Sr C4 500m boat. Miles won the Sr K2 1000m with Alex Lee (LCKC) and the Sr K2 200m with Stanton Collins (LCKC). Aaron won the Jr K2 1000m and 200m with Jonas Ecker (Bellingham); Jake and Liam made finals that those events too and finished 5th in 1000m and 9th in 200m. Aaron and Jake teamed up with Gus Cook and Colin McMullen from OKC to win both the 1000m and 500m Jr K4 events. Vaughn teamed up with Sean Talbert (IKAIKA) plus Petri Alva and Philip Majumdar (RTR) to win the 500m Juv K4. For the 1000m Juv K4, Vaughn and Ronan teamed up with Petri and Philip to take 2nd. This was a great race for Ronan as this was first Nationals and his first time in our Plastex K4 (and he was a bit hampered as his legs are far too long for our Plastex K4).  Vaughn and Sean also teamed up to take 2nd in Juv K2 1000m and 200m. For the Sr K4 500m, the juniors (Liam, Jake, and Aaron) paddled with Miles and took the bronze. They did not expect to be competitive and had Liam stroke--not knowing that Liam never strokes K4 because he has always been too tall for the Plastex K4 stroke seat. They did not take the straightest route down the course...


In singles, Lydia was 1st Sr C1 1000m, 2nd in 500m and 3rd in 200m. Miles was 2nd in the senior 500m and bronze in 200m.  Aaron was 3rd in Jr 500m and 200m.  Jake was 4th in Jr 1000m and 7th in 500m. Vaughn was racing as a 1st year juvie but made finals in all distances. He was 3rd in 1000m, 4th in 500m, and 7th in 200m.  Ellenora (1st year bantam) and Ronan (1st year juvie) were racing in their first Nationals. Both put in personal bests in all their distances. Vadim raced in the two V1 Para events, taking 2nd in both, and leaves shortly for Para Worlds.


Eli and John represented the SCKC masters.  John took silver in masters B 5000m, 1000m, 500m and 200m while Eli got 4th in all her events (alas) except the 5000m (Bronze there).  The 5000m was a tough one for John who is a very strong distance paddler.  He was about to paddle in for the win when his rudder stopped working and he had to limp in for 2nd place.  

In team boats, Eli won the Masters B K2 with Cathy from RTR, won the Mixed K2 Masters B with Christian (unaffiliated), took 2nd in Masters A K2 with Shelley (IKAIKA), and won the Masters B K4 with Washington Canoe Club.  John and Eli teamed up with RTR to take 2nd in the Mixed Masters B K4. John and Cathy (RTR) took 2nd in Mixed Masters B K2.

Results (partial): https://clockcaster.com/e/24/

A Slightly Incapacitated US Team Competes at Junior Worlds

Aaron Small from SCKC was selected to race the 200M K1 for the UW at the Junior World Championships in Pitesti, Romania which were held from August 1-4.  Unfortunately the entire US team (except 1) contracted a norovirus and were very sick for a week right before the racing and this obviously affected our paddlers. Nonetheless the team did well and qualified for many semis and finals during the 5 full days of racing.  SCKC had 1 team member on the US team, Aaron Small. Aaron had an especially full racing slate as he competed in K1 200m, K2 1000m and 200m, and K4 500m. He made the semifinals in K2 1000m and K4 500m

SCKC Paddlers Compete at US DownWind Championships

Unfortunately the entire US team (except 1) contracted a norovirus and were very sick for a week right before the racing and this obviously affected our paddlers. Nonetheless the team did well and qualified for many semis and finals during the 5 full days of racing.  SCKC had 1 team member on the US team, Aaron Small. Aaron had an especially full racing slate as he competed in K1 200m, K2 1000m and 200m, and K4 500m. He made the semifinals in K2 1000m and K4 500m.

July TeamUSA National Training Camps

Miles Cross-Whiter (U23) and Aaron Small (Jun) were selected for the US National teams and spent July training with the rest of the male kayakers in Lanier, Georgia. The National team canoers and female kayakers were in Gig Harbor at their camp. Vaughn Schenk spent July in Gig Harbor training with them.

Jake and Eli race at Canada Cup West

Jake Zikan and Eli traveled to Regina, Saskatchewan July 4-8 to attend the Canada Cup West Regatta with the Oklahoma team. This is a fun U11-U18 regatta at a nice venue, and others may want to attend this in the future. Jake teamed up with Colin McMullen (from OKC) to win the U18 and senior K2 events, and was 2nd in the U18 1000m and 2000m, and 3rd in U18 200m.

Regina, Canada July 4-8

 

2018 News

Frostbite Camp 2018!

A record number of paddlers from around the country descended on Seattle November 10-12 for the 2018 Frostbtie camp.  We had some great coaching sessions from paddling luminaries including Olympic gold medalist Greg Barton and Olympian and World Surfski Champion Michele Eray.  The camp concluded with the Eric Hughes Distance Regatta on Monday with some great performances from SCKC paddlers!

Olympic Development Program

Ten SCKC paddlers are participating in the Olympic Development Program.  Based on National and International results and results on standardized tests, SCKC paddlers were selected to the following teams:

Nevin - Elite Team
Vaughn and Miles -  A Team
Jake and Aaron - B Team
Liam and Wilson - Intermediate Team
Eric, Hayden, Ronan - Development Team

Cascade Distance Race

We had beautiful racing weather for the Cascade Distance Race in Bothell and a record number of racers (82).  13 SCKC paddlers competed in the Cascade Distance Race.  In the 2km, Soren took 1st bantam (3rd overall) and Calvin 2nd.  In the 5km men's bantam K1, Einar was 3rd bantam and Owen J was 4th.  In 5km women's bantam K1, Ellenora was 7th and Emmalina was 8th.  In the 10km men's K1, Liam was 3rd (5th overall), Owen W 5th and Hayden 6th.  In 10km men's junior K1, Aaron was 1st (3rd overall).   In masters's 10km, Steve S was 2nd and Ben 4th in men's and Eli 2nd in women's.

Pacific Cup Regatta

18 kids and 4 masters participated in the Pacific Cup Regatta in Maple Ridge, BC.  This year, the team was mainly development kids.  They raced in kayak and canoe and individual and team boats.  Everyone successfully completed a K4 and C4 race.  Everyone had fun and learned a lot so it was a big success and introduced many new paddlers and their parents to racing.  Soren won the overall U11 Boys 200m race (1st out of 51 racers).  Results are here.  Overall SCKC finished 5th in points out of 17 teams and 7th on points per paddler.

Olympic Hopes Regatta (Poland)

Three SCKC paddlers raced for TeamUSA at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Poznan, Poland.

Nevin won gold in the women's C-1 200m and 500m (2002 division).  This is the top international event for U17 juniors; Nevin is one of the few Americans to take gold in a top international sprint event. Nevin and her partner made finals in C-2 500m (3rd but DQ'd) and 200m (4th).

In K-1, Aaron made semis in 500m and 200m; Jake made semis in 1000m

In K-2, Jake and Aaron made semis in K2 1000m but didn't make it out of heats in 200m.

In K-4, Jake, Aaron & 2 others made semis in K4 500m but didn't make it out of heats in 1000m.

Overall the US finished 14th on points (out of 21 countries).  In the 500m events, every US boat (individual and team) made semifinals and 4 boats made finals.  That was a big day for the US.  Full results here.

SCKC Shines at 2018 Sprint National Championships!

SCKC paddlers took home many medals, several of them gold, in Oklahoma City this August.  Full results are here.

This year we had 12 paddlers at Nationals: bantam (Vaughn), juvie (Nevin, Liam and Eric), junior (Jake and Aaron), senior (Wilson, Miles, Azusa and Hana), and masters (Eli and John).  We also had Alex Lee with us though he was racing for Hawaii.   Nationals was a qualification event for the Olympic Hopes Regatta (in Poland) and for the Pan American Championships (in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia).  Nevin, Aaron and Jake qualified for OHR and Miles and Azusa qualified for the PanAm Champs.  They’ll be representing TeamUSA at these events in early September.  Go TeamUSA!

This year SCKC got back on the podium in a big way in the K4 events.  The SCKC canoe girls have been winning the C4 events for many years, but the last couple years we have not had many K4 medals. That changed this year with an SCKC paddler on the podium in every men’s K4 race: gold in bantam 1000m and 500m (this was a joint boat with River Town, OKC, and Gig), gold in juvie 1000m and bronze in 500m (this was a joint boat with Bellingham and Cascade), silver in junior 1000m and 500m (this was a joint boat with San Diego), and gold in senior 1000m and silver in senior 500m (joint boat with Hawaii and Keystone).  The competition in juvie, junior and senior was very tough, and the junior and senior podium boats were all stacked with junior and senior national team members (ours included).  And yes, the girls (Nevin, Azusa, and Hana) won the senior C4 500m.

In K2 and C2 team boats, we also were strong.  Nevin and Andreea (Cascade) won the C2 junior 500m and 200m.  Azusa and Hana were 2nd in the senior 500m and won the 200m.  Vaughn and Petri (River Town) won both the bantam K2 1000m and 200m. Both Liam-Jonas (Bellingham) and Eric-Alex (S FL) made the finals in 1000m and 200m, but missed the podium.  Jake and Aaron took silver in the junior K2 1000m and 200m.  Miles and Alex (Hawaii) won the senior 1000m and took 2nd in the 200m.

In singles, Vaughn won the bantam K1 1000m and 500m, and missed gold in 200m by 0.07.  Go, Vaughn! Nevin won all the juvie C1 events and won the senior 500m and 200m.  Go, Nevin!  Miles was 2nd in the senior 500m and bronze in 200m.  In 200m he was just nipped for the silver.  Jake and Aaron made finals in all the junior events, but were just shy of the podium with a bunch of 4th places.

Eli and John represented the SCKC masters.  Eli took silver in masters B 1000m and 500m and gold in 200m.  In team boats, she filled in here and there mostly with the Washington Canoe Club.  Eli (in the WCC boat) even got a bronze in senior women’s K4 1000m (there were 4 boats but it was definitely a race).  John took bronze in the master A 500m, gold in the master B K4, and 4th overall in the masters 5000m race.

Canadian Surf Ski Championships July 14

Three SCKC paddlers competed in the Canadian and US Surf Ski Championships. Starting off in Squamish on July 14th, Greg Barton took 6th overall (1st master) and Wilson Reavley was 53rd. https://www.canadiandownwindchamps.com/results/2018-results/

Bellingham Regatta June 16

On Saturday the 16th, the 12 juniors and one master enjoyed the sun and lots of headwind on Lake Padden in the usual craziness that Bellingham races are known for.  The kids had a full day of races and this was also a chance for the kayakers to work on canoeing.  The random boat assignments to the K4/C4 relay race made for a lot of initially nervous interactions but gave all teams an opportunity to meet and mix in a fun and very casual race.  A tired team got home late, but got up early on Sunday to unload boats, then help with the race course take down.  Kudos to the team, parents, and coaches for their great racing spirit and all their hard work.

US Canoe Marathon National Championships June 16

While most of the team was in Bellingham, Jake Zikan was placing fourth in the U18 group of the 2018 Canoe Marathon National Championships down in Newport Beach, CA.  The waters were quite wild (winds and tide current) and Jake had some leg fatigue during the portage pieces after some hard paddling.  All of which led him by the third time around to “question every decision I’d every made in my life”.  Nonetheless he persevered and was only 3 minutes behind the lead boat.  His mom Eli Holmes was first (and only :) in Sr. Masters 50+ W and John DePalma was first in Masters 40-49 M and 2nd overall.
https://www.facebook.com/604783126213728/photos/a.667517169940323.1073741834.604783126213728/2248630248495666/

Ted Houk Regatta June 9-10

We took 3rd in overall points with 23 racers: 15 juniors, 3 U23s, and 5 masters.  Our bantams did fantastic after less than a year on the team. Four made finals in both 1000m and 500m.  In the K4,  2 of our older bantams teamed up with River Town and OKC to take 1st and our younger boat took 2nd!!  That’s quite an accomplishment. In bantam K2, Vaughn teamed up with River Town to take the win, Cian & Cedar took 3rd and Einar & Owen 5th.  In Juvie, Liam teamed up with Keystone and Bellingham to win the K4 and Eric stroked the SCKC juvie K4 to 5th in a very competitive field.  Aaron and Jake took 2nd in the junior K2 and 5th in senior.  For junior K4, Aaron, Jake, and Liam teamed up with Keystone to take 3rd.  For the senior K4, Aaron, Jake and Miles teamed up with Keystone to take 2nd.  In canoe, the SCKC women's C4 won the senior 500m.  Nevin and Sarah (Gig Harbor) took 1st in C2 junior, Hana and Naomi were 2nd in C2 Open.  Lots of great pictures here from Cascade’s photographer:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1662861720500830.1073741872.384196428367372&type=1&l=3c8959615b

Race resuilts are here.

Seventy48 Race, June 12th

Last Tuesday the 12th, several SCKC paddlers made the news in the first Seventy48 race from Tacoma to Port Townsend.  48 hours to paddle the 70 miles from Tacoma to Port Townsend.  Beginning at 5:30 PM on Monday the 11th in Tacoma, Greg Barton (SCKC) and Kevin Olney (former SCKC member) made it to Port Townsend in 9 hours and 39 minutes in a double surfski to take the $11,000 prize.  The first female team Go MaMa was Tracy Landboe (SCKC) and Heather Nelson (Bellingham) in 11 hours and one minute!  Here’s the story below:
https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/winners-finish-seventy48-race-in-under-10-hours/

Ski-to-Sea, May 27

We had a number SCKC padders who raced in the Ski-to-Sea over Memorial Day weekend. In the canoe leg, head coach Doug Ritchie and partner Chris Flynn took 13th overall and 1st mixed canoe. In kayak, Greg Barton took 1st, Wilson Reavley 20th and Leana Girton 114th; Leana was racing on a Ingraham HS team.  SCKC junior team alum (from late 1990s) Amina Saleh also raced and took 63rd. Leana also raced in the XC ski leg and took 166th. Congrats to all who competed in the "Bellingham Olympics"!
https://www.facebook.com/Seattle-Canoe-Kayak-Club-604783126213728/?hc_ref=ARTywrWbxuMwqSwPWV5vt9uNPzg1HSFOUwU3xlKkfV3Kgds1PQqz2xwWqCn5LBLIcJo&fref=nf

Canadian National Team Trials #2, May 18-20

Azusa Murphy competed in the Canadian National Team Trials (as an independent).  She just missed the final in the 200m.  You can watch her 200m semi here.  Go to time 5:35:00 in the video:
http://canoekayak.ca/event/canadian-sprint-junior-and-u21-team-trials/

Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup April 21

Seven juniors (Nevin, Leana, Liam, Cedar, Ronan, Owen and Wilson) and two SCKC coaches (Kenny and Eli) raced in the 5K and 10K in the Gig Harbor Paddler's Cup. In the 10K, Liam took 8th overall and Wilson 12th. In the 5K, Cedar was 2nd overall, Ronan 4th, Owen 5th and Nevin 6th.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/KenmoreCascadeCanoeAndKayakTeam/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1618065491647120
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1721892094534054.1073741845.174525862604026&type=3

Jetty Island Sound Rower's Race April 21

Steve Small was our sole SCKC racer, finishing 8th overall.

Silver Blade International Regatta, San Diego, April 9th

Jake and Eli headed down to San Diego to train and compete in the Silver Blade regatta with 500m, 200m and a 10k marathon style race (with portages).  The Czech National team was there, along with much of the US National team, and Mexican racers.  In the K2, Jake and Kyle Field (Gig Harbor) teamed up to take 2nd in 500m.  Jake took 5th in the 200m and 500m junior division in a tough field and 13th overall in the 10k.
https://tinyurl.com/ya6rcs6q

Race for the Cookies, April 2nd

The 2018 flatwater racing season kicked off with the Race for the Cookies hosted by Cascade. We had great weather and the race had really good turn out with over 50 racers.  11 SCKC paddlers raced.  Great turn out for us since many of the juniors are in HS sports and not getting out on the water much yet.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/KenmoreCascadeCanoeAndKayakTeam/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1594809023972767
https://www.facebook.com/604783126213728/photos/pcb.2130081750350517/2130081653683860/?type=3

Bellingham Roughwater Race, March 11

Uncharacteristically calm but really beautiful day for the Bellingham Roughwater race. A number of SCKC paddlers took part in the 10km race: Wilson, Justine, Greg (won overall in K1 surf ski), Gerrie, and Tracy (3rd overall in a K2 surf ski with a Bellingham partner).
https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=129702

 


2017 News

Eric Hughes Memorial Regatta 2017

Great race this year with over 90 racers and great conditions! We had racers from California (San Diego & River Town), Oklahoma, Georgia (Lanier), and the 7 clubs in Washington.   This year California took the overall 1st in both 5k and 10k. 5k was won by Philip Majumdar from River Town Racers and the 10k was won by Evan Truesdale from San Diego Canoe and Kayak Club. Both finishes were a battle with less than a boat length separating 1st and 2nd.

The official results of the 2017 Eric Hughes Distance Race:
www.sckclub.org/EH2017/

5k 39 competitors, 15 Women, 24 Men

10k 55 competitors, 16 Women, 39 Men

Top 3 Overall 5k
1. Philip Majumdar (bantam), River Town Racers
2. Nicole Anderson (juvie), OKC Riversport
3. Patrick Armitano (juvie), Cascade Canoe and Kayak Club

Top 3 Female Overall 5k
1. Nicole Anderson (juvie), OKC Riversport
2. Nevin Harrison (juvie, canoe), Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club
3. Mia Clark (bantam), Bellingham Canoe and Kayak Sprint Team

Top 3 Male Overall 5k
1. Philip Majumdar (bantam), River Town Racers
2. Patrick Armitano (juvie), Cascade Canoe and Kayak Club
3. Vaughn Schenk (bantam), Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club
Top 3 Overall 10k
1. Evan Truesdale (juvie), San Diego Canoe and Kayak Club
2. Jason Cross (master), Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club
3. Gus Cook (juvie), OKC Riversport

Top 3 Female Overall 10k
1. Abby Scoggins (bantam), Bellingham Canoe and Kayak Sprint Team
2. Elena Wolgamot (juvie), Bellingham Canoe and Kayak Sprint Team
3. Ana Swetish (juvie), Bellingham Canoe and Kayak Sprint Team

Top 3 Male Overall 10k
1. Evan Truesdale (juvie), San Diego Canoe and Kayak Club
2. Jason Cross (master), Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club
3. Gus Cook (juvie), OKC Riversport

 

Top 3 overall 10k race.  From left Gus Cook (3rd OKC), Evan Truesdale (1st San Diego), Jason Cross (2nd SCKC)

Winner 5k race.  Philip Majumdar (River Town Racers, CA)

 

SCKC Makes History at Olympic Hopes Regatta!

In her first international race, our own Nevin Harrison matched the best ever US showing with a silver in the C1 1000 event--a remarkable performance against the toughest junior canoeists in the world.  If that wasn't enough, she followed that by taking the first ever Olympic Hopes gold for the US in the C1 500 event--and, there's more--finished her regatta with another gold in the C1 200!  Aaron Small and Jake Zikan from SCKC made the semifinals in the K2 1000, 500 and 200 events, showing that they were in the mix against the best on the planet.  Congratulations to Nevin, Aaron, and Jake!  Full results are here.

 

Pacific Cup, aka Bantam Championships, 2017

14 SCKC Bantams headed up to Maple Ridge for a great weekend of racing Sept 9-10th.  This is primarily a team boat event and we fielded 4 K4s in U15 Boys and Girls, U13 Boys and U11 Open.  We also had 11 different K2 combos in Novice, U15, U13, and U11 divisions.  Everyone got a lot of racing experience in many different team boats and got 200m K1 races also.  For our U15s, this was a chance to test themselves against the best U15s in the PNW and BC.  Our U15 Boys (Liam, Eric, Owen + Ryan from Keystone) took 2nd in the K4 competition(!) and our U15 Girls (Leana, Camille, Ella and Ella) took 4th despite all being novices (never been to nationals).  

  

 

Congratulations Junior Team for Nationals 2017!

We took a team of 9 juniors/U23 to Nationals at the beginning of August in Clermont, Florida.  Naomi, Nevin, Azusa and Hana competed in canoe and Liam, Eric, Jake, Aaron and Miles competed in kayak.  We had a great week of racing and some wild weather.  SCKC cleaned up in C-1 events winning all the juvenile and juvie events in 1000m, 500m, and 200m.  In C-2, SCKC took silver in juvie, junior and senior 500m, silver in juvie and junior 200m and gold in the senior 200m and junior 5000m.  They won the C-4 junior 500m.  In kayak, SCKC took 2nd in the K-2 juvie 1000m, 3rd in K-1 juvie 500m and 200m, 2nd in K-2 senior mens 200m (with San Diego), and 2nd in K-1 senior 200m.  Three SCKC paddlers were named to the 2017 Olympic Hopes Regatta team that will travel to the Czech Republic in September: Nevin, Jake and Aaron.  Full race results are here.

 

Masters paddlers at Nationals 2017

Three SCKC masters also competed at Nationals in Florida: Eli, Steve S, and John.  Eli took 2nd in Masters B womens 1000m, 3rd in 500m and 1st in 200m and 5000m.  Steve and Eli teamed up to take gold in the K-2 Mixed 500m; John and Susan (Rivertown) took 2nd.  Eli and Bee (Gig) teamed with 2 Brooklyn fellows and took gold in the K4 Masters A 500m.  John took 2nd overall in the 5000m race.  SCKC was 3rd in team masters points this year.

Congratulations Azusa!

Congratulations to Azusa on her performances at the 2017 USA National Team Trials!  Azusa won both the Junior 500m races and was 1st & 2nd in the Senior 500m races.  In the 500m, she set an American record!  In the two 200m races (Junior and Seniors combined), she finished 2nd and 4th (1st and 2nd Junior).  Azusa will compete in July in the U23 & Junior World Championships in Romania.  Trials results here.

Slawko Fedechko Season Opener Regatta 2017

Three SCKC paddlers went up to Maple Ridge for the season opener regatta. Liam took home a 2nd in the U15 500m race and made the 200m final but was DQ'd. Azusa won the 500m C-1 in a race with many of the racers who she'd meet later that month in Georgia at trials. Ella put in PRs in the 500m, 200m and 4000m. Results

2016 News

Frostbite Camp 2016

The camp was well attended with paddlers from all the area clubs plus a good group of Oklahoma padders and a few Canadians.  The Eric Hughes distance race was a challenge this year, as strong winds created big waves and paddlers had to fight a fierce headwind (and then ride the tailwind).  In the 10km race (shortened due to wind), Jake was 3rd (10th overall) and Aaron 4th (12th overall) among the male juvies.  Liam was 3rd (13th overall) among the male bantams.  The 5km race was a real test of grit and determination for our younger bantams and Naomi (in canoe) as the wind and waves were fierce.  In the 5km race, all our paddlers finished which was quite an accomplishment given the wind and waves.  Einar was 3rd among the male bantams (6th overall) and Naomi was 1st among the female canoeists.

Pacific Cup 2016

A small but determined team headed up to Maple Ridge for the Pacific Cup in September.  The goal was to win the U15 team points.  The 4 kayak boys (Aaron, Jake, Liam and Owen W) won all the team and individual events in their actual discipline (kayaks) and placed in their non-discipline events (canoes). The key was doing well in the canoe events, where they were at an obvious disadvantage as they had to relearn how to canoe that weekend (they'd done it years ago in development).  Liam raced, and placed, in Nevin’s racing canoe (Owen was in the trainer) despite having never paddled in a real racing canoe before.  Jake & Aaron took 3rd in the C2 500m in a field of 8. Jake switched to lefty (he's righty) for the race because neither knew how to J-stroke steer.  Owen W had never been in a canoe before, but stayed upright for his 200m race and picked up essential team points.  On the girls' side, Nevin won the U14 C1 200m and Camille (a kayaker) & Nevin placed 4th and 2nd in the C2 200m and 500m.  The kayak events however were tough for Camille and Nevin what with the Bellingham girls dominating everything.  SCKC came up 2nd overall in U15, but won the men's U15 team points.  Our 2 U12s, Ella and Owen J, competed in their first big regatta and successfully completed a wide variety of races both kayak and canoe, individual and team boats.

SCKC Paddlers return from 2016 Nationals

Congrats on great performances from SCKC paddlers! We took 12 junior team members to nationals:
Men’s Kayak: Junior Miles & Nate; Juvies Jerry, Jake, Aaron & Victor; Bantams Eric & Liam
Women’s Canoe: Juniors Azusa & Hana; Juvie Naomi; Bantam Nevin

At Nationals, the girls won most of the canoe events at both the individual and team level.  Nevin won bantam C1 200m, 500m and 1000m. Azusa (who returned the day before races from Jr Worlds) won the junior C1 500m and 1000m and was 2nd in 200m.  Racing up in age in the juvie division, Nevin won the C1 200m, was 4th in C1 500m and was 2nd in C1 1000m.  The SCKC canoe girls won 1st or 2nd in all the team boat events in the juvie and junior divisions. The girls won the C4 500m junior race against Gig Harbor while racing in a heavy training C4 against Gig's racing C4.  Azusa also competed in and won some of the senior events.  Nate and Miles won all the junior events except the 1000m & 5000m: 1st in the K-2 1000m & 200m, Miles won the 500m & 200m. Nate was 2nd in the 1000m and 3rd in the 5000m.  In the senior division, they won the 200m K-2 and Miles won the 200m.  The juvie and bantam boys had no individual medals, but Liam (3rd yr bantam) made the finals in both the 500m and 1000m.  The bantam K2 (Liam-Eric) made the finals in 200m and 1000m.  Aaron (1st yr juvie) made the 200m and 500m finals.  Aaron & Jake made the 1000m K2 finals, and Aaron & Jerry made the 200m K2 finals.   The juvie K4 (Aaron, Victor, Jake, Jerry) was 4th in the 1000m.  In the 5000m, Jake and Jerry took 2nd.

Results are here.

 

2016 Ted Houk Regatta Results are up!

Despite a small team and few bantams , SCKC took 2nd in the team points by placing in many events and winning most of the boys junior events, all the women’s bantam canoe individual events and all the women’s junior canoe events both individual and team.   In the men’s bantam events: Liam was 4th in K1 200, 500 & 1000m, Liam-Eric 3rd in K2 1000m, and the SCKC bantam boys were 2nd in K4 1000m.  In the girls’ bantam events, Nevin won C1 200m, 500m and 1000m.  In the juvenile events, Aaron was 3rd in the K1 200m, Aaron & Garrett (OKC) were 4th in K2 1000m, the SCKC juvie boys were 3rd in K4 1000m, Nevin was 3rd in C1 200m, and the SCKC girls (with 2 Canadians) won the C4 1000m.   In juniors, Azusa won all the C1 individual events, Azusa-Hana won the C2 500m and the SCKC girls won the C4 500m.  The SCKC boys won the junior K4 1000m, Nate took 4th in K1 1000m, Miles was 1st and Nate 3rd in K1 500m, and Miles was 1st and Nate 2nd in K1 200m.  Miles also won the 200m senior men's race.  Einar (not yet bantam) competed in his first big regatta.  He raced in 200, 500 and 1000m K1, and was in the bantam K4 that took 2nd in the 1000m.

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.

2015 News

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 jason.frisk@seattle.gov 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.

 

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