CRMS kayakers set for high waters |

CRMS kayakers set for high waters

CARBONDALE — Colorado Rocky Mountain School kayakers have hit the water again for the spring kayaking season.

Nearly one-fourth of the student body is involved in the college-preparatory school’s kayaking program, from beginners through members of the school’s world-class competitive team.

CRMS was the first independent school in the country to offer a kayaking program, and has consistently produced top whitewater paddlers. In 1999, coaches at the school helped start the state’s first (and now ongoing) high school kayaking championship series. Two former instructors are on Paddler magazine’s “Top 100 Kayakers of the Century” list.

Three of the four junior women who represented the United States at the 2003 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships in Graz, Austria ” Ali Wade, Hanna Farrar and Celeste Powers ” are on this year’s CRMS team. Wade and Farrar placed second and third, respectively, in Graz.

This January, Wade traveled to Penrith, Australia, to compete in the Pre World’s Freestyle Kayaking Championships, where she placed first in the world among junior women.

The CRMS team can be found throughout the spring training on the Crystal, Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.

This year’s team competitions include the Colorado High School Whitewater Cup May 1-2 in Durango, the 40th annual Crystal River Kayak Race near Carbondale May 14-16 and races in Golden May 21-23.

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