U18 paddlers showed their class as day one of the 2013 Grand Prix 2 event in Nagambie, Victoria concludes with Bendigo's Rebecca Mann and South Australian Sean Lohse setting the standards.
Fresh off the back of her K1 200 Silver medal at the Youth Olympic Festival last month, Victorian teenager Rebecca Mann has continued her stellar form with victory in the women’s K1 500, K1 1000 and K2 500 events on Saturday.
Mann was simply a notch above her opponents and showed positive signs ahead of the selection events in February and March.
She was particularly impressive in the womens U18 K1 500 producing a fast time of 2:17.00, 3.84 seconds clear of West Lakes junior Josephine Bulmer, with Ivanhoe’s Penny Young 0.45 seconds further back in the bronze medal position
Set to celebrate his 17th birthday on Tuesday, Direct members paddler Sean Lohse received an early birthday present with two victories in a powerful display by the former Onkaparinga paddler.
Lohse annihilated the field in the men’s U18 K1 1000 final, finishing more than six seconds ahead of Southside paddlers’ Mitchell Hughes with Kieren Carson a spot further back in third.
Lohse then went on to claim victory in the U18 K2 1000 final, combining with fellow South Australian Jared Lee to finish in 3:43.68, well ahead of the rest of the field. Patterson Lakes duo Carson and Jarrad Campbell came in second with Casey Haynes and Logan Dutton combining for third.
In the Open events Patterson lakes paddler David Ceddia narrowly fought of the challenge from Mercantile’s Tom Hedditch to claim victory in the men’s K1 1000 final, with PaddleNSW Direct athlete Robert McIntyre in third.
In the next race McIntyre improved on his previous race, combing with Fairfield’s James Campbell to win the K2 1000 DF ahead of Hedditch and Tim Arnold of the Mercantile club.
In the open women’s Patterson Lakes paddler Madeleine Hurst won the K1 1000 final in 4:45.45, 0.41 seconds ahead of West Lakes Anna Hennessy with Victorian Jessica Silvester in third.
Hurst then backed up her morning success with victory in the WK1 500 final on Saturday afternoon ahead of Geelong’s Virginia Carlton and Hennessy.
Racing continues tomorrow with the 200m events to feature with the action kicking off at 8am with the men’s K1 200 open final up first, where Direct Members paddler Nick Dawe is a hot favourite to claim the victory.
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