Kayaking Queen Qualifies To Advance Toward Olympics

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I didn’t catch up personally with kayaking queen Caroline Queen amid the madding hubbub of humanity that was Day Three of the U.S. Olympic Slalom Trials on Saturday at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. But I saw her power down the rushing river waters of the concrete channel course on her second run. I even strained a hip flexor sprinting over other people’s picnics to get off a few shots. I’m not in as good a shape as Caroline ’14 (#29) or her Davidson Wildcat kayaking buddy Austin Kieffer ’12 (#65), who also competed at the trials.

“Darnestown, Md.-natives Caroline Queen and Ashley Nee battled all weekend and will head into World Cup No. 1 tied with 30 Olympic qualification points,” read the Sunday-morning-after press release. “Queen owns the tiebreaker for initially earning the slot for Team USA at the 2011 World Championships, so Nee must finish in the top 20 and above Queen to book her ticket for London.” While Kieffer won’t be advancing toward Olympics 2012, he kept a true sportsman’s smile on all day Saturday. Kudos to both these fine young athletes are going around, on Daybook and beyond. Cheers! Click here to visit the Team USA site.




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