The U.S. whitewater racing team, fresh from its first team triumph, at the 1979 world championships in Canada, has been selected for the upcoming worlds in August at Bala, Wales.
Final selections for the slalom team were completed last weekend in trials on the Nantahala River in western North Carolina. As in the last edition of the biennial worlds, the U.S. slalom team is dominated by paddlers from this area.
Wildwater racers, the other half of the world team, were chosen May 9-10 on the Youghiougheny River at Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania.
World champion Jon Lugbill of Fairfax made the slalom team along with his brother Ron, as did world women's kayak titlist Cathy Hearn of Garrett Park. Her brother, David, joins the Lugbills on the men's solo canoe team.
Four slalom boats were selected for each class. They were chosen this year over two weekends of trials, first at the Savage River in western Maryland and then last weekend in Carolina.
Of 19 slalom boats selected, only four were paddled by non-area racers. SLALOM TEAM C1 (ONE-MAN CANOE) DAVID HEARN, Garrett Park RON LUGBILL, Fairfax JON LUGBILL, Fairfax KENT FORD, Chevy Chase K1 (ONE-MAN KAYAK) CHRIS McCORMICK, Potomac DAN ISBISTER, Brookmont, Maryland DOUG GORDON, Farmington, Connecticut HANK THORBURN, Longmeadow, Massachusetts C2 (TWO-MAN CANOE) MIKE & STEVE GARVIS, Great Falls, Virginia JEFF HUEY & PAUL GRABOW, Brookmont, Maryland CARL GUTSCHICK, Silver Spring, & PAUL FLACK, Oxon Hill GEORGE STRICKLAND, Bethesda, & RICKY HILL, Germantown C2M (MIXED TWO-PERSON CANOE) BARB McKEE, Rochester, New York, & JOHN SWEET, State College, Pennsylvania LIZ HAYMAN, Boulder, Colorado, & FRITZ HALLER, Glencoe, Maryland KAREN MARTE, Minneapolis, & BRETT SORENSEN, Albert Lea, Minnesota K1W (WOMEN'S KAYAK) CATHY HEARN, Garrett Park LINDA HARRISON, Brookmont, Maryland YURI KUSUDA, Bethesda SUE NORMAN, Fort Collins, Colorado Area paddlers on the wildwater team are Dan Schnurrenberger of Silver Spring and Bob Alexander of Arlington in K1; Ginny Stillman of Morgantown, West Virginia, in K1W; Howard Foer of Potomac and Andy Bridge of Great Falls in one C2 boat and Stanley Janis of Falls Church and Bern Collins of Arlington in another.
Bill Endicott, the coach who put together the winning 1979 slalom effort, is leading the troops again. The world championships will be August 15 to 25 on the River Tryweryn.
Funds to get the paddlers to Wales are in short supply. To boost the effort the local paddlers will be demonstrating their skills at the Gangplank Marina on the Washington waterfront next Sunday, from 3 to 5:30. Team sponsors will sell T-shirts, there will be mock in-the-water races and refreshments will be available.