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VIDEO: Team USA's Maggie Hogan earns qualifier spot in 2016 Rio Olympics
Hogan secures berth with 2nd-place finish in one-woman kayak 500M at Pan American Championships

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9:30 a.m. – Senior one-man kayak (K1) 200M final, Tim Hornsby

9:40 a.m. – Senior one-man canoe (C1) 200M final, Ben Hefner

9:50 a.m. – Senior one-woman kayak (K1) 200M final, Emily Wright

11:40 a.m. – Senior two-man kayak (K2) 200M final, Chris Miller and Stanton Collins

The third time was the charm for Team USA's Maggie Hogan. 

After twice missing out on reaching the national Olympic team to compete in Beijing and London, Hogan (1:54.12) finally booked her spot with a strong second-place finish in the senior one-woman kayak 500M event Friday at the Pan American Championships.

And the opportunity couldn't come soon enough: She's planning to retire after 10 seasons with the US National Team for Sprint Kayak.

"It was nervewracking," Hogan said. "We worked really hard on the race plan, so all I was thinking about was the last 250 (meters). I'm so stoked it's done and so stoked my family's here."

Hogan trains in California, but has been working out with the local Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club (LCKC) team since last month's US team trials at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

The 35-year-old finished less than a second behind Canadian winner Lisa Bissonnette (1:53.65).

Team USA was able to earn the qualifying spot since Canada already picked up its quota of competitors during last year's 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.

Previously, Hogan said she had been focusing on winning with two-woman kayak events, but she's recently taken on more responsibility.

"The burden's on me," she said. "I'm responsible for how I finish. I'm just pumped to have this be a big deal here in the U.S. Even though I'm not from Georgia, it feels like a hometown crowd."

Hogan was a training partner for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and narrowly missed out on making the 2012 London Games by inches.

This time, she would not be denied. She beat out Mexico's Beatriz Briones Fragoza (1:55.77) by just under a length.

"I'm very happy for Maggie," said LCKC coach Claudiu Ciur. "To keep her dream moving forward, it's great to see. It proves there's no age for participation. She's a very good example for the young athletes moving forward, that it depends on how much you want it."


ROSS EARNS FOURTH DESPITE STRONG PUSH: Ian Ross made a strong final push in the last 100 meters of Saturday's senior one-man canoe final, but ultimately settled for fourth place behind competitors from Mexico, Colombia, and Canada.

Determined not to get left behind in the pack like the American team was in Friday's two-man canoe final, Ian Ross said he shot out of the gate faster than his typical pace.

"I tore out of there a lot quicker," said Ross. "I exerted more than normal for me. But then (Canadian winner Mark William Oldershaw) got his pickup and left the field, and so I tried to keep my technique as much as I could. By the end, I emptied the tank."

Ross, a 23-year-old LCKC product, said he was disappointed not to reach the podium, but said he was more focused on qualifying for the 2020 Summer Games, where he feels he'll be better suited after four more years of training.

He believes his time of 4:00.38 is a personal best.

"Anything short of a world record isn't enough," said Ross. "I want to leave a mark and be remembered for what I do."

Oldershaw said he was fancied as the favorite, and that the pressure was higher due to the expectations.

Despite a heavy tailwind playing havoc on the racecourse, Oldershaw (3:52.85) said he felt prepared for the conditions.
"It's an outdoor sport," he said. "We practice in all conditions. To get ready for the Olympic qualifiers is something you've got to do."

Oldershaw will next compete in a World Cup event later this summer as the Canadians determine their best paddlers to include on their Olympic team.


FOUR-PERSON TEAM PICKS UP 5TH PLACE: Argentina earned first place in the 4-man kayak 1000M final with a time of 3:04.22.

Matias Malaval, Facundo Lucero, Mauricio Larroque and Agustin Claudio Ruggieri were all part of the Argentinian team that earned the win.

Brazil's four-man team of Marcos Scolaro, Lucas Matos Da Silva, Mateus Henrique Silva Moia and Vitor Navarro picked up second place.

Canada's team of Christian Sprang, Olivier Courchesne, Aidan Messenger and Paul LaPierre helped earn third place.

The U.S. team of Nathaniel Errez, Owen Ozaki, Owen Farley-Klacik and Andrew Surles helped Team USA earn a fifth-place spot with a time of 3:12.53.


MILLER, STANTON LEAD USA TO 5TH: Cuba's team of Reiniel Torres Ribeaux/Jorge A. Garcia Rodriguez (3:13.00) earned first place in the senior two-man kayak 1000M final.

Argentina's team of Manuel Lascano Micaz/Nelson Roberto Geringer Sallete picked up second place, while Mexico's team of Jordan Salazar Silva/Javier Lopez Quintero earned third.

Chris Miller and Stanton Collins led Team USA (3:19.11) to a fifth-place finish.

"I was trying to make it more powerful to stay in front through the finish," said Torres Ribeaux through an interpreter. "I'm very proud. It's my first Olympic Games, and I'm trying to do better."


MILLER PICKS UP 7TH PLACE BEHIND 4-TIME OLYMPIAN: Canada's Adam Van Koeverden finished in first place (3:30.66) to win the senior one-man kayak 1000M final, while Argentina's Agustin Vernice took second place and Brazil's Vagner Junior Souta took third.

Van Koeverden is a four-time Olympic medalist, who has now qualified in four straight Olympic Games. 

Team USA's Chris Miller, an LCKC product, finished in seventh place with a time of 3:44.40.


FOUR-PERSON TEAM TAKES PODIUM SPOT: Canada picked up a first-place finish in the junior 4-woman kayak 500M final.

The team of Jane Girgulis/Emma Mitchell/ Jewelia Orlick/ Grace Whebby finished with a time of 1:43.59.

Argentina's team (1:46.42) of Victoria Damonte/Constanza Gasparoni/ Layla Micaela Gonzalez/ Abigail Milagros Rojas picked up second place.

The American team (1:47.88) of Bria Cornforth/Mira Corrao/Lisa Swenson/ Kota Teasley earned a spot on the podium by finishing third.


SMITH, BARLOW EARN FIFTH PLACE: Canada secured a first-place finish in the senior 2-woman kayak 500M final, with a time of 1:41.75, thanks to Kathleen Carol Fraser and Genevieve Wendy Susan Orton.

Mexico's team (1:45.37) of Maricela Montemayor Rodriguez/ Karina Guadalupe Alanis Morales finished in second.

Colombia's team of Adriana Pita Nino/ Tatiana Munoz Rua picked up third place, with a time of 1:47.00.

Farran Smith and Samantha Barlow led Team USA to a fifth-place finish, with a time of 1:50.87. 


COMING UP NEXT: Team USA and LCKC athletes will tackle three Olympic qualifiers in the space of 20 minutes on Saturday morning. 

Tim Hornsby, who is LCKC's lone Olympic veteran after competing in London in 2012, will take part in the senior one-man kayak 200M final 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. 

Ben Hefner will tackle the senior one-man canoe 200M final at 9:40 a.m. Emily Wright will paddle in the one-woman kayak 200M final at 9:50 a.m. 

Later in the day, Chris Miller and Stanton Collins will compete in the two-man kayak 200M final at 11:40 a.m.

Will be updated. 


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