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LCKC fills the podium on Day 2 of national sprint championships

POSTED: August 5, 2011 5:17 p.m.
Scott Rogers/The Times

Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club's Alejandro Schwedhelm, right, and Robert Finlayson take the silver medal in the men's C-2 Sr 500-meter final Thursday morning at the Olympic Center at Clarek Bridge Park duirng day 2 of the Sprint National Championships.

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The podium Friday was filled with members of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, as the team reeled in 20 top-three finishes in the 500-meter events at the USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships at the venue on Clarks Bridge Road.

Robert Finlayson continued his strong performance at the event, winning a gold medal in the Men's C-1 Senior event and a silver in the Men's C-2 Senior event. Finlayson, who won three gold medals Thursday, teamed up with Alejandro Schwedhelm in the C-2 event.

That duo finished behind LCKC's Ben Hefner and the Washington Canoe Club's Ian Ross. Hefner placed second in the C-1 Senior event, which also saw LCKC athlete Claudiu Ciur finish third for a sweep of the race.

LCKC is attempting to win its 10th national championship.
Tanner Easterday also won a gold medal for LCKC in the Men's K-1 Junior event, while Emily Vinson teamed up with a trio of Oklahoma City paddlers to win the Women's K-4 Senior race. Easterday paired up with Stanton Collins to finish second in the Men's K-2 Junior event.

Also finishing second for LCKC was Hannah Schilling, who won a silver in the Women's C-1 Senior event and, along with Hawaii's Abbey Haines, won bronze in the Women's C-2 Junior race.

Finishing third was a trend for LCKC on Friday, as the club won bronze in nine other events.

Olympic hopeful Morgan House won his second bronze in two days with his third-place finish in the Men's K-1 Senior competition, while Riley Brunner won two bronzes - in the Men's C-1 Bantam and Men's C-2 Bantam. Brunner was paired alongside Baxter Geyer in the C-2 race.

Avana Bennett also had a pair of third-place finishes for LCKC in the Women's C-1 Bantam and Women's K-2 Bantam.

Farran Smith teamed up with Bennett for the third-place finish in the K-2 race.

Dylan Easterday and Natalie Kean each won a bronze medal; Easterday in the Men's K-1 Bantam and Kean in the Women's K-1 Intermediate.

Also finishing third for LCKC were Ciur and Rich Stewart in the Men's C-2 Senior race and Kasi Paul and Chelsea Smith in the Women's K-4 Junior competition. Paul and Smith were joined by Debra and Julia Jones of WCC in the K-4 event.

The USACK Sprint National Championships continue at 8 a.m. today with events in the 200-, 3,000- and 5,000-meter.



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