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Wade, Farrar advance to Worlds finals

While many of their friends are in Carbondale attending Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s graduation on Saturday, Ali Wade and Hanna Farrar will be paddling for a world championship.

Solid runs on Monday advanced the two CRMS students out of the junior class preliminary round and into the finals of the the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships on the Mur River in Graz, Austria.

Wade, a junior at CRMS, finished tied for third on Monday, and Farrar, a sophomore, placed fifth in the preliminary round to advance to Saturday’s medal round.



Wade posted a two-run total of 30 points in the prelims, scoring a 7.0 in the first run and a 23.0 in the second run. Farrar had 25 points with a 16.0 and 9.0 on the first and second runs, respectively.

Former CRMS student Celeste Powers finished tied for 14th with the only other competitor from the U.S., Brooke Bevan. Neither Powers or Bevan advanced to the finals.



Czechoslovakia’s Katerina Migdauova dominated the prelims with scores of 38.75 and 31.25 in her two runs. The Netherlands’ Lianne Wagtho was second. She paddled to a solid 37.5-point first run but didn’t post a score in the second run. Germany’s Lena Schnoor was tied with Wade with runs of 21.0 and 9.0.

The finals are slated to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Graz (4 a.m. MDT).


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