Blackburn & Gagnon crowned champions at short track speed skating national team trials

Frederic Blackburn of Chicoutimi, Que., finished the season with a strong effort winning the 3,000-metre at the national team trials in short track speed skating on Sunday. The win gives Blackburn first-place overall while Melanie Gagnon of St-Jérome, Que., took the women’s crown.

Blackburn clocked 4:57.91 in the final for his second win in four races this weekend. Mathieu Giroux of Montreal was second in 4:58.06 and Jeffrey Scholten of Montreal third in 4:58.17.

In the overall standings, Blackburn tabulated 2,976 points, François-Louis Tremblay of Alma, Que., was second at 2,925 and Éric Bédard of Ste-Thècle, Que., third at 2,269. Rounding out the top seven were Jeffrey Scholten of Montreal in fourth at 1,914, Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., fifth at 1,782, Giroux sixth at 1,686 and Daryl Rasmussen of Prince George, B.C., seventh at 1,444.

In the women’s 3,000, Florence Godon of Montreal with the help of Chantale Sévigny of Sherbrooke, Que., broke away from the pack with 22 laps and was able to hold on to her lead for the victory in a time of 5:22.19. Melanie Gagnon was second in 5:26.48 and Raphaële Lemieux of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., third in 5:26.52

Gagnon was first overall with 2,902 points followed by Sévigny in second at 2,455 and Godon third in 2,419. Anne Maltais of Quebec, fourth at 2,137, Kalyna Roberge of St-Etienne de Lauzon, Que., fifth at 1,908, Jo-Anne MacLean of Sydney, N.S. sixth at 1,608 and Lemieux seventh at 1,519.

Canada’s world championship skaters (five men and five women) were not at the competition having already pre-qualified for the 2004-05 national team. Therefore the battle this weekend was the third and last trials to determine the remaining spots on next year’s national and development teams for both the men and women.

Here are the provisional national and development short track team members for the 2004-05 season (pending approval):


National Team

Men


Jonathan Guilmette (Quebec)

Steve Robillard (Quebec)

Jean-François Monette (Quebec)

Mathieu Turcotte (Quebec)

Charles Hamelin (Quebec)

François-Louis Tremblay (Quebec)

Eric Bédard (Quebec)

Daryl Rasmussen (British-Columbia)


Women


Tania Vicent (Quebec)

Amélie Goulet-Nadon (Quebec)

Alanna Kraus (British-Columbia)

Amanda Overland (Ontario)

Anouk Leblanc-Boucher (Quebec)

Chantale Sévigny (Quebec)

Raphaële Lemieux (Quebec)

Mélanie Gagnon (Quebec)



National Development Team


Men

Frédéric Blackburn (Quebec)

Jeffrey Scholten (New Brunswick)

Olivier Jean (Quebec)

Mathieu Giroux (Quebec)

Mathieu Lefrançois-Gauvreau (Quebec)

Malcolm Therrien (Quebec)


Women

Émilie Nadeau-Benoit (Quebec)

Anne Maltais (Quebec)

Kalyna Roberge (Quebec)

Florence Godon (Quebec)