Paddlers vie for spot on world teams

Canoe-Kayak CanadaMONTRÉAL – Émilie Fournel of Lachine, QC, Ben Russell of Dartmouth, N.S., and Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC kept at the head of the pack for the final day (Sunday, May 12) of Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Team Trials in Montréal. Fournel took the Women’s K1 500 metre race to score back-to-back victories after winning the K1 200 metre Saturday.

Fournel won in a time of 1:51.8 and Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS was second in the race to repeat her ranking from Saturday’s 200 metre. Russell finished in a time of 1:52.6 and Dartmouth’s Una Lounder clocked 1:54.3 to finish third.

Ben Russell and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivières, QC took the top spot in Men’s C2 1,000 with a time of 3:37.9. Paul Bryant and Roland Varga of Richmond Hill, ON were close behind in the C2 1,000 a time of 3:40.5 to finish second. Two Oakville paddlers, Jamie Andison and Mark Klevinas, clocked 3:44.4 to finish third.

Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, N.S., and Hugues Fournel of Lachine, QC held their spot in the K2 200 metre as the top ranked Canadian crew.

Fournel and Cochrane raced the event at the London 2012 Olympic Games last summer and are looking to improve upon that result as they build towards 2016.

Cochrane and Fournel finished in 31.7 seconds. Richard Dober Jr. of Trois-Rivières, QC and Étienne Morneau of Lac Beauport, QC clocked 32.41 seconds to take second place. Austin Denman of Dartmouth, and Shaun Fair of Waverley, N.S., were third with a time of 33.26 seconds.

In Women’s C2 500, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC teamed up with Sarah-Jane Caumartin of Otterburn, QC to take the win while both paddling on the same side.

Andrew Jessop of Halifax, N.S., and Rob Clarke of Mississauga, ON won the Men’s K2 1,000 in a time of 3:22.2, edging out Oakville’s Adam van Koeverden and Brady Reardon. van Koeverden and Reardon finished in a time of 3:23.5. Philippe Duchesneau of Sherbrooke, QC and Steven Jorens of Candiac, QC were third in a time of 3:24.2.

Jessop and Clarke are eligible for the Under 23 World Championships set for Welland from Aug. 1-4 and have their sights set on performing.