PLACE IN KELOWNA TOP 10
two tough 500m heats, our EDBRC River Rats placed 6th out of 98
teams at Kelowna.
1 started weak for the Rats, allowing the strong Epic Express from
Vancouver to surge ahead at the start. The
Rats paddled furiously, neck-and-neck with the remaining TCC and TD
Lightning teams until the halfway mark, where the Rats surged ahead to
take a decisive 2:22 second place, a length ahead of the third and fourth
teams. It wasn’t first
place, but it was satisfying to quash the loud-mouthed TCC team, and to
qualify in the top 10!
2 was a bigger battle. Lining
up against the Steam Team from BC Rail, Team Masala, the Tsunami and the
Electric Dragons, the Rats bolted right from the first stroke, but so did
the other four teams. It was
a dramatic race, neck-and-neck for all five teams until the last 100 m,
where the Rats lost timing, and allowed the strong Tsunami and Electric
Dragons to gain a quarter-boat length on us.
final Heat 2 results had the top 3 finishing within 1 second of each
other, Rats finishing with a 2:29:84 behind the Electric’s 2:28:98 and
the Tsunami’s 2:28:75.
The rest of Sunday was a shore-bound disappointment for the Rats (see Bogus Weather article below). The top medal honours were eventually taken by the CIBC Imperial Dragons.
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