Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ACA Collegiate Canoe & Kayak National Championships

Collegiate Canoe & Kayak Racers

Over the weekend, in conjunction with the 29th Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race, college students competed in five individual events and a team relay on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, VA. This was the 3rd annual ACA Collegiate Canoe & Kayak National Championships. They raced for both individual medals as well as the coveted overall team trophy.

Race Facts:

  • 4 states
  • 7 colleges
  • 65 competitors
  • 97 starts

All of the individual events (K1W, K1M, OC1W, OC1M, OC2Mixed) took place on Saturday with the races starting at Warner Rapids, just below the old Embrey Dam site, and finishing at Old Mill Park. On Sunday, for the team relay, there was a head to head or mass start at Warner Rapids. There were two transitions and the relay race concluded at City Docks.

Overall Team Results:

  • 1st - Albion College, MI

  • 2nd - Davidson College, NC

  • 3rd - Messiah College, PA

  • 4th - Warren Wilson College, NC

  • 5th - Penn State University, PA

  • 6th - Hollins University, VA

  • 7th - University of Mary Washington, VA

OC2 MixedA special thanks goes to all of the people in the Fredericksburg community who volunteered. However, the race never would have occurred if it wasn't for the support of Denise and Bill Micks of the Virginia Outdoor Center.

The next Collegiate Canoe & Kayak National Championships will be held in western North Carolina in the fall of 2010.

For more information, please visit: www.americancanoe.org/collegechampionships

Chris Stec on the Selway River, Idaho
Paddle Safe - Paddle Often,
Christopher Stec
Safety Education & Instruction Department

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