New Star at Sprint Nationals
At age 17, Dolan competed mostly at the Junior level, but actually won the Senior title in the K-1 and K-2 1000 meter distances. Dolan partnered with Eric Abbott (Honolulu, Hawaii) in the K-2 and K-4 events. Abbott had a superb regatta himself, finishing first with Dolan in all team boats and second to Dolan in the Junior K-1 500 and 1000 meters. Abbott also won the Junior K-1 5000 meter event, which Dolan did not enter.
The 2005 Flatwater Sprint National Championships concluded Saturday on Green Lake in beautiful Seattle, Washiington. Athletes and spectators were treated with great weather all week long that was complemented by a superior race course. The conditions were perfect to crown this year’s US national champions in kayak and canoe flatwater racing.
The Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club won the club championship after compiling the most total points from the week’s events. The Seattle Club is based on Green Lake and did a wonderful job as the host and organizer of the event. Second to Seattle was the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club from Gainesville, Ga. The Lanier Club was the defending champion. Third in club points was the Hawaii Canoe and Kayak Team, based in Honolulu.
Notably absent from competition this past week were many members of the Senior and Junior World Championship Teams. The Junior Team finished competition one week ago in Hungary, and many were not able to make it back in time. The Senior Team competes in two weeks in Zagreb, Croatia, and many athletes chose to travel to Europe and train in preparation for the World Championships, which is clearly the most important international regatta of the year.
Saturday also saw Jordan Malloch’s (Seattle) consecutive win streak in the United States snapped by teammate David Aldrich (San Diego, CA). Malloch had not lost a race in U.S. competition since 2000, until Aldrich narrowly edged him out at the line on Saturday. Aldrich’s victory was hardly a sign of weakness for Malloch, but rather a testament to the improvement of Aldrich and his potential for the future. Malloch and Aldrich have been focusing on their C-2 (two-person canoe) team and Saturday’s result is an indication that the C-2 should be better than ever.
Geoff Calhoun (Washington, D.C.) solidified his reputation in the Flatwater Sprint discipline, winning the K-1 500 meters event. Calhoun has been a member of the USA Wildwater National Team and is the current Wildwater National Champion. With his victory on Green Lake, Calhoun becomes the first dual national champion in quite some time.
Morgan Feori (San Diego) and Lauren Austin (Seattle) led the way in senior women’s events, finishing first and second (respectively) in the 500 meters and 1000 meters distances. Austin also finished first in the 200 meter distance.
The US National Championships is a showcase for talent at all age levels, with competitors in six categories: Bantams (13 and younger), Juveniles (14-15), Juniors (16-18), Seniors (18 and older), Masters (30 and older) and Intermediates (Senior or Master age but not at top level). Spectators at Green Lake saw some of the finest young paddlers in the world going head to head, with many showing an enormous amount of potential for the future of sprint paddling in the United States.
USA Canoe/Kayak, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the National Governing Body for nine canoe and kayak racing sports, and is a member of the US Olympic Committee and the International Canoe Federation. For more information, please contact Luke Dieker at (704) 348-4330, or visit the Web site www.usack.org.