Saturday, June 29, 2013

Canoe Kayak Team Trials Part 2 - Focus on the Women

Part 2 of the Team Trials will focus on the women (you can read part 1 here).


Two-time Olympian Émilie Fournel was the only woman representing Canada in kayak at the 2012 Olympics so the eyes would especially be on her at the team trials.

The heats for the women K-1 200m were held on Friday afternoon.

Heat 1 winner not surprisingly was Émilie Fournel.

1. Emilie Fournel (Lane 5)
2. Alexa Irvin (Lane 4)
3. Lissa Bissonnette (Lane 6)

Heat 2 was won by Michelle Russell.

Michelle Russell (Lane 5)
Andréanne Langlois (Lane 6 )
Liz Girgulis (Lane 7)

2008 Olympian Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny won heat 3.

1.  Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Lane 5)
2.  Hannah Vaughan (Lane 6)
3.  Jessica Leduc (Lane 4)

The final heat was won by KC Fraser.

1.  Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Lane 6)
2.  Una Lounder (Lane 5)
3.  Tamlyn Bohm (Lane 7)

Unlike the men where the heat winners went directly to the finals, the top 6 women from each heat raced in the semi finals. This would give us a chance to see the top women an extra time on Saturday morning.

Results: Women K-1 
Semi 1
1.  Émilie Fournel (Lane 5)
2.  Hannah Vaughan (Lane 6)
3.  Andréanne Langlois (Lane 4)

Semi 2
1.  Michelle Russell (Lane 5)
2.  Una Lounder (Lane 4)
3.  Jillian D'Alessio (Lane 7)

Semi 3
1.  KC Fraser (Lane 5)
2.  Alanna Bray-Lougheed (Lane 7)
3.  Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Lane 4)

Canada's top women sprinters raced in the final and Michelle Russell crossed the finish line first.

Results: Women K-1 200m final
1.  Michelle Russell (Lane 4)
2.  Émilie Fournel (Lane 5)
3.  Hannah Vaughan (Lane 3)
4.  Geneviève (Lane 9)
5.  KC Fraser (Lane 6)
6.  Andréanne Langlois (Lane 8)
7.  Una Lounder (Lane 7)
8.  Alanna Bray-Lougheed (Lane 2)
9.  Jillian D'Alessio (Lane 1)

On Sunday, Émilie Fournel took the top spot winning the K-1 500m race. The winners of the four semi-finals ended up 1-2-3-4. Unfortunately, I don't have photos of the third semi won by Una Lounder.

Results K-1 500m (final):

1.  Émilie Fournel
2.  Michelle Russell
3.  Una Lounder
4.  KC Fraser
5.  Jillian D'Alessio
6.  Alanna Bray-Lougheed
7.  Tamlyn Bohm
8.  Hannah Vaughan
9.  Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny

I missed the women's K-2 but here are the final results.

Results: Women K-2  A Final
1.  Lissa Bissonnette, Alexa Irvin
2.  Alanna Bray-Lougheed, Sammy Hall
3.  Andréanne Langlois, Jessica Leduc


Laurence Vincent-Lapointe is C-1 world champion, so not surprisingly, easily won her heat to go straight to the final.

Results: Women C-1 Heat 1
Lane 5 Laurence Vincent-Lapointe
Lane 9 Sarah-Jane Caumartin
Lane 6 Jenna Marks

Heat 2
Lane 7 Taylor Potts
Lane 5 Hannah Macintosh
Lane 6 Katie Vincent

A friend of mine is friends with Taylor Potts, so I was happy to see her race and get great photos of her. She won her heat joining Laurence in the final.

In the final, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe was too strong for the rest of the field winning comfortably.

Women C-1 200m final
1.  Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Lane 5)
2.  Taylor Potts (Lane 4)
3.  Jenna Marks (Lane 7)

In the C-2 500m final, Taylor Potts and Maria Halavrezos secured their spot on the U23 World Championships team by beating Laurence Vincent-Lapointe and Sarah-Jane Caumartin by 0.950 seconds. They will compete in Welland August 1-4.

The women who will represent Canada at the World Championships are:

Women's Kayak
Émilie Fournel
Michelle Russell
Una Lounder
KC Fraser
Hannah Vaughan
Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny

Women's Canoe
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe
(the C-2 position will be added after the Lake Placid race-off July 6-7)

The World Championships will be held in Duisburg, Germany August 27-September 1.

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