Heyl, Shipley also on national squad

Updated: April 6, 2004, 5:50 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


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