Paddling to the finish line

Courtesy of Will Rogers

Three Bulletin-area kayakers from the Rice Creek Boat Club, Cassie Rogers and Sarah Tokos of New Brighton and Ina Poecher of Shorevew (pictured left to right), medaled in the USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championship held in early August in Lake Lanier, Georgia. Rogers and Poecher both took home bronze medals in the juvenile women's 5000-meter K2 race, and Tokos won a silver medal in the senior women's 500-meter K4 race as well as two bronze medals in the senior women's 500-meter and 5000-meter K1 races.

The Rice Creek Boat Club, which practices on Long Lake in New Brighton, sent a total of eight kayakers to the national competition.

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