Women’s R4

Open R4 Women
Master R4 Women
U23 R4 Women
U19 R4 Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bre Rocksund, 27 – Team captain

Seat on team: back right

Paddling since: 2008

Favorite event: slalom

Best tip?

“Give it your all and have nothing left at the end.”

Would love to paddle in: China

Favorite food: Thai

Favorite rapid ever: Steeps section of Bailey Creek

You can only listen to one song ever while training. What is it?  First Aid Kit, Silver Lining

 

Julie Sutton, 42

Seat on team: back left

Paddling for: 17 years

Favorite event: downriver

Best tip?

“Heart. From Todd Toledo. It’s about what’s inside more than all the weights you can lift, all the yoga you can do, all of what you think of yourself.”

Favorite race: Gore Canyon race

Favorite rapid ever: Sledgehammer in the 2000’s on the Royal Gorge or Kirschbaum in Gore

You can only listen to one song ever while training. What is it? Flashdance – What a Feeling. But for real! Ya’ll better not make fun of me! It’s a good message.

 

Rachel Day, 28

Seat on team: Front right

Paddling since: 2006

Favorite event: Downriver

Best tip?

“Get to the fastest water the fastest. – Julie Sutton”

Favorite food: Bloody elk steaks

Favorite rapid: Gore

Tell us a joke!

A duck goes to walk out of a bar. Bartender asks him how he is going to pay for his tab. Duck says “Put it on my bill!”

 

Meghan Robertson, 27

Seat on team: Front left

Paddling for: 4 years

Favorite event: Downriver

Best tip?

“Push harder even when it starts to hurt, and always communicate as a team while racing.”

When not racing: I like to play around in my whitewater canoe.

Favorite rapid ever: Pillow on the Gauley

Favorite food: watermelon

 

Mia Carrasco-Songer, 27

Seat on team: I’m the alternate and can paddle in any seat.

Paddling for: 7 years

Favorite event: Slalom

Best tip?

“You have to love what you do or you will never make it. Good thing I LOVE whitewater and LOVE racing!”

Favorite rapid ever? Sledgehammer on the Royal Gorge

Tell us a joke!

What did Mozart do after he died? He de-composed!

Anna Schroeder, 27

Hometown: Lakwood, Colorado

Seat in raft: Front left

Anna is a full-time student working on a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering.

Favorite event: Slalom

Favorite race: All of them!

Best racing tip? Breathe

Favorite way to cross train: Backcountry skiing

Favorite food: Smoked salmon

If she could paddle anywhere in the world it would be in New Zealand.

Tell us a joke! “A homeless guy asked me for a dollar the other day. And I was like, “A dollar? How about 76 cents? Because that’s how much a lady hobo would make doing the same job!”

 

Avery Potter, 25

Hometown: Lone Tree, Colorado

Seat in raft: Middle left

Avery plays rugby for the Glendale Raptors out of Denver and is a raft guide on the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Favorite event: My raft guide heart loves downriver, but my racer heart loves the technicality and precision of slalom.

Favorite race: The one coming up! I’m stoked to see the new rivers in Japan.

Best racing tip? I learned a lot with the ladies of Great Britain who were gracious enough to let me train with them while I was living abroad that winter. Sit up straight, the catch is the most important part. Thanks, Fieke!

Favorite food: Cheese.

Favorite rapid ever: I love Gore. It’s one of those that I get super calm beforehand, and when I’m in it I’m not thinking, just reacting.

Tell us a joke! “How did the hipster burn their tongue? They drank their coffee before it was cool.”

 

Evangeline (Eva) Lambert, 31

Hometown: Golden, Colorado

Seat in raft: Back left

Eva loves traveling, spending as much time as possible with friends and family, and being outdoors.

Favorite event: I love the technical difficulties of slalom. It keeps us all busy in and out of our seats.

Favorite race: Gore Race is my favorite race because it keeps me intrinsically focused.

Best racing tip? Hip stretches. All day, every day.

Inspirational athlete: Mariann Saether. She’s a great all around kayaker.

Favorite rapid: The whole Lower Canyon section of Clear Creek (my home river).

If she could paddle anywhere tomorrow: “Any river is fine with me, as long as I’m with my river fam!”

 

Kelli Carpenter Gunderson, 29

Hometown: Salida, Colorado

Seat in raft: Middle right

Kelli has been raft racing for six years on various rivers and is excited for her second World competition in Japan.

Favorite event: Slalom

Favorite race: FIBArk raft sprint

What do you do when you’re not training? Eat! I love eating! And go to college.

Favorite food: Tacos

Inspired by: My Grandmother Gloria. She played basketball back when women only were allowed to play on half the court, and she’s an all-around badass in everyday life.

Favorite rapid ever: How to pick?! Hermit, Grand Canyon. Black Rocks, Salt River. Everything in Idaho!

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” – Edward Abbey

 

Tana Deklavar, 29

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Seat in raft: Back right

Tana is one of the few women who holds the distinction of having guided on the world-renowned class V section of the Upper Youghiogheny in Friendsville, Maryland. She

Favorite event: Head to head, Slalom, Downriver

Favorite race? New Zealand head to head. Won bronze.

Best racing tip? “Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.” – Coach Todd Toledo

When not training: I teach yoga, travel, ski, and spend time with my family.

Inspired by: Lindsey Vonn. She is strong and sexy and serves and gives to community.

“The yogic belief of living in the present transfers so well into whitewater; you have no choice but to be in the moment and flow with Mother Nature. It’s my greatest joy in life.”

 

Jennifer (Jen) Hodgkiss,

Hometown: Tarrs, Pennsylvania

Seat in raft: Front right

“Water has always been an amazing force to me and one of the blessings in my life.”

 

Jennifer Cook, 32

Hometown: Currently Boise, Idaho

Seat in raft: Anywhere! As long as I’m in it. But I like front right.

Jennifer is a student working on a nursing degree.

Favorite event: Always head to head. But when we do well, slalom is the most fun.

Favorite race: Most notable was the head to head win against Japan in New Zealand on the Kaituna River.

Best race tip? Paddle hard, smile, and enjoy!

Inspired by: Julie Munger, a legend in the whitewater world!

If she could paddle anywhere today: Take me to Africa!

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loreen Eiseley