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CRMS boaters dominate Whitewater Cup

Aspen Times Staff Report

The high school kayaking season, just the sport’s second at the prep level, concluded last weekend at the Boulder Creek Races, the third and final event of the Colorado High School Whitewater Cup.

And with all the season results now tallied, it seems things haven’t changed at all since last year.

Once again coaches Peter Benedict and Misty Groves and the paddlers from Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale put on a dominating performance, just as they did in kayaking’s inaugural season.

CRMS boys took the top three spots and eight of the top nine in the overall combined (downriver, slalom and freestyle) season standings, and in the girls standings, CRMS’s Eleanor Perry and Mia Gaw took first and fourth, respectively.

The CRMS boys were led by Leif Anderson (first), JF Bruegger (second) and Nick Schwinger (third), who swept the overall combined podium spots.

Fifth-place finisher Max Mancini headed the next block of CRMS paddlers, including Matt Farrar (sixth), Brooks Baldwin (seventh), Carl Cloyed (eighth) and Evan Meyer (ninth). Moore Trautman (21st), Toby Britt (24th) and Alex Sewell (28th) also showed in the kayak standings for CRMS, and Baldwin took second in the overall combined canoe standings.

In the overall downriver standings, Bruegger took top honors, followed by Anderson in second.

Those two, combined with Schwinger (fourth), Cloyed (fifth), Farrar (sixth), Mancini (10th) and Meyer (11th) gave CRMS seven of the top 11 finishes.

Baldwin was the overall downriver champion in the canoe division, and Perry won the girls category. Gaw finished sixth.

Even more dominating was the performance of the CRMS boys in the overall slalom standings.

The kids from Carbondale took the top six spots and eight of the top 10. Anderson was the overall champion, followed by Mancini (second), Schwinger (third), Farrar (fourth), Baldwin (fifth), Cloyed (sixth), Meyer (eighth), Bruegger (10th) and Trautman (13th).

Gaw (second) and Perry (third) were bested in the girls slalom standings by only Zuzana Vanha of Alexander Dawson, and once again Baldwin took the canoe title.

Perry won the girls overall freestyle title, with Gaw finishing third. Baldwin was second in the freestyle canoe ranks.

In the boys freestyle standings, Bruegger was top dog and Anderson finished second as CRMS took eight of the top 11 spots.

Farrar was fourth, followed by Cloyed (fifth), Mancini (sixth), Schwinger (eighth), Meyer (ninth) and Baldwin (11th).

For CRMS, which has the oldest high school kayak and canoe program in the West, dating to 1954, and which won all the events in the Colorado Whitewater Cup last season, the overall season wins in 2000 come on the heels of another dominating performance in last weekend’s Boulder Cup Races.

True to form, the CRMS boys swept the podium finishes in freestyle, downriver and slalom kayaking; Baldwin won the downriver and slalom canoeing events and finished second in freestyle; and Perry won the girls freestyle and downriver while Gaw took second in downriver and third in slalom.


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