WESSER, N.C. – Former Albion College swimming & diving coach Keith Havens, his son Zaak, ’10, and Scott Dillery, ’83, turned in another winning performance in the Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver National Championships. The event was held June 17-19 on the Nantahla River.
Zaak Havens and Dillery finished with the fastest time in the country for F-16 boats in the two-man men's downriver race, reaching the finish line in 54 minutes, 58 seconds, which was 16 seconds ahead of the second place boat paddled by Keith Havens and Ed Sharp of Fredericksburg, Va.
Zaak Havens also had the fastest times in the F-16 boat in the one-man downriver and sprint events and he partnered with Lynn McDuffy of Robbins, N.C., to win distance and sprint events in the mixed class.
Keith Havens won the 55 and over class in both the one-man sprint (3rd overall) and the OC-1 distance races. He turned in the third-best overall time in the sprint and the fourth-best overall performance in the distance events. Keith and Ed Sharp also had the fastest overall two-man sprint race.