Heyl, Parsons Finish 1-2 at U.S. Kayak Trials
Monday, April 28, 2008
Competitors and friends Brett Heyl and Scott Parsons finished 1-2 in the single kayak after three days of competition at the U.S. trials in Charlotte, which ended yesterday.
Heyl (George Washington) was third in the first run and first in the second yesterday and had just two penalty seconds to post the fastest combined time of the day and the trials.
Parsons, of Bethesda, was first in the first run and second in the second, and also had only two penalty seconds. He finished the day just 1.95 seconds behind Heyl.
Both Parsons, 29, and Heyl, 26, competed in the 2004 Games in Athens. But international rules now restrict each competing country to one boat per class.
The trials are the second of three events that will determine which paddler earns the lone U.S. berth to Beijing. Parsons finished seventh last September at the world championships, putting him ahead in the race, but Heyl overtook him with his trials performance.
The top three finishers in Charlotte earn the right to compete in the final World Cup race in Germany in early July. Results from the three events will be tallied to determine the Olympic berth.
In women's kayak, Caroline Queen, 16, of Darnestown, was sixth and seventh, respectively, yesterday but her three-day performance was strong enough for a third-place finish overall.
· FIELD HOCKEY: The U.S. women clinched a berth in the Beijing Games by defeating Belgium, 3-1, in the final of a qualifying tournament in Kazan, Russia.
Kayla Bashore deflected Kelly Doton's penalty corner to put the U.S. team ahead in the 18th minute.
Anne-Sophie van Regemortel tied the score before U.S. captain Kate Barber's pass across the face of the goal allowed Tiffany Snow to tap in her sixth goal of the tournament.
Barber scored with 12 minutes to go. The U.S. women had not qualified for the Olympics since 1988 (they received a bye as host country in 1996).