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Heyl, Shipley also on national squad

4/6/2004

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Scott Parsons secured a spot on the U.S.
national team by winning the men's kayak for the second day in a row
Sunday, the last day of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Men's kayak paddlers Bret Heyl and Scott Shipley also made the
team on the last day of the U.S. Olympic team trials.

Shipley beat out Scott Mann for the final slot on the team by
just hundredths of a percentage point.

Olympic team members will be selected after World Cup races.

Selections were made using a formula that translated a
paddler's two best results in the three-day event into a percentage
of the winner's times on those days.

In women's kayak, Rebecca Giddens won for the third straight day
to clinch her spot on the national team, where she was joined by
Sarah Leith and Hannah Larsen.

Sam Davis won the single canoe race Sunday to earn a spot on the
national squad. Ryan Bahn and Chris Ennis also made the team.

The tandem canoe team of Joe Jacobi and Matt Taylor squeaked by
Scott McCleskey and Dave Hepp for the win Sunday. Both pairs made
the national team along with Frank Babcock and Jeff Larimer.