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LCKC grabs more golds
Sheaffer Sorrells, left closest boat, and John De Palma compete in the 200-meter race Saturday at the USACK Sprint National Championships. - photo by Tom Reed

The gold medals keep piling up for the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club at the 2009 USACK Sprint National Championships.

LCKC reeled in 16 gold medals in 24 events to up its three-day total to 49.

Robert Finlayson won his sixth and seventh gold medals with first place finishes in the C-1 Men’s Senior 5,000 and C-1 Men’s Senior 500, which had all three top finishers reprensenting LCKC.

Morgan House also added to his medal total by finishing first in the K-1 Men’s Senior 5,000 and K-1 Men’s Senior 200. House has won five gold medals in three days.

The senior paddlers had a dominating day in the C-2 200, finishing first, second and third in the event. The team of Ben Hefner and Claudiu Ciur won gold with a time of 44.856 seconds. Finlayson and Alejandro Schwedhelm took second with a time of 45.12 and Sam D’entremont and John Blackburn finished third with a time of 48.268.

Those three teams weren’t the only ones that shined in the short-distance races.

Emily Vinson and Emily Mickle finshed one-two in the K-1 Women’s Senior 200 and teamed up to win the K-2 200 event.
Anna Crawford, who also won gold in the C-1 Women’s 5,000, finished first in the C-1 Women’s Senior 200.

LCKC also fared well in the distance races, with Duncan Hord and Graham Roper winning gold in the K-2 Men’s Ban 3,000, Connie Ash winning gold in the K-1 Women’s Junior 5,000, Chris Miller and Hezekiah Blackburn placing first in the K-2 Men’s Junior 5,000, Rebeca Westmoreland finishing first in the K-1 Women’s Juvenile 5,000 and the team of Tanner Easterday and Stanton Collins winning gold in the K-2 Men’s Juvenile 5,000.

The Gainesville club was most dominant in the K-1 Men’s Junior 5,000, with Jared Mcarthur winning gold, Luke Potts winning silver and William Roszel finishing third.

The senior women nearly equaled that feat with Mickle, Vinson and Nicole Mallory finishing in second, third and fourth place of the event.

The 2009 USACK Sprint National Championships conclude today.

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