Dickerson Course

Update, August 4:

Dickerson is beginning Tuesday, August 5, for the remainder of the week.

All blue card holders with at current 2014 membership card will be welcome to go out and paddle, but please let the NRG-PWRC liason know you are going out by 9am of the day prior to going out. Notice can be given on working days only (so if you plan to paddle on Sunday, give notice by Friday at 9am).

Liason email:
Dana Chladek

Events Calendar


World Championships in the USA

The 2014 Canoe-Slalom World Championships

are in Deep Creek, Maryland… RIGHT NOW!

Casey Eichfeld World Championships Deep Creek

PWRC Athlete Casey Eichfeld on his second Qualifying run in C1M at the 2014 World Championships at Deep Creek, MD


Here are today’s (THURSDAY’S) results PWRC Athletes’ Runs:

Casey Eichfeld: Qualified for C1M Semifinals!
Fabien Lefevre: Qualified for C1M Semifinals!
Fabien Lefevre: Qualified for K1M Semifinals!

Here are the upcoming races for PWRC Athletes’ Runs:

Casey Eichfeld: C2 Qualifications: Fri. 10:18 am & 12:08 pm.
Ashley Nee: K1W Qualifications: Fri. 9:14 am & 11:04 am.
Dana Mann Beňuš: K1W Qualifications: Fri. 9:27 am & 11:17 am.
Anna Ifarraguerri: K1W Qualifications: Fri. 9:02 am & 10:52 am.

Fabien Lefevre: K1M SEMIFINALS Fri. ~4:50 pm

Fabien Lefevre: K1M SEMIFINALS Sat. ~9:28 am

Casey Eichfeld: K1M SEMIFINALS Sat.  ~9:15 am

Join PWRC at our Tent at 8:30 am on Saturday for our Pre-race Pep Rally: banner decorating,  face painting, flag hand out, and we’ll head down together to the bleachers to establish our PWRC/USA cheering section!

Join PWRC at our 2014 World Championship Reception on Saturday Evening from 6:30-7:30pm.  Check your email for details.

For Ticket Information, click HERE.

For Event Schedule, click HERE.

For Parking & Directions, click HERE.

PWRC Athlete Ashley Nee training on the World Championship Course

PWRC Athlete Ashley Nee training on the World Championship Course

Junior/U23 Team Trials and U.S. National Championships at Dickerson

Liam Malakoff competing at the 2010 Nationals at Dickerson

Liam Malakoff competing at the 2010 Nationals at Dickerson

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE

 An exciting of weekend of racing on the Dickerson Whitewater Course will culminate with the naming of our National Champions and selection of our Junior and U23 Teams to represent the U.S. in Foz d’Iguacu, Brazil, at the 2015 Junior/U23 World Championships next April.

Preliminary Schedule:

Tuesday-Thursday, September 23-25:

open practice, times TBD

Friday, September 26:

1-4pm: open practice

4-5pm course construction

5pm: demo runs

Saturday, September 27

10-11:30am first runs

12:30-2pm: second runs

2:15-3pm course construction

3pm demo runs

3:30-5pm: race banquet

Sunday, September 28

10-11:30am first runs

12:30-2pm: second runs

3pm awards


Additional Training at Dickerson:

We will add extra training slots at Dickerson during the month of September for PWRC members.    Please contact Dana Chladek to participate in these sessions.

Feeder Spring Fling-May 18



A novice-level slalom race on the class II Feeder Canal in Brookmont, MD.  The course will be set by Friday and open practice on the course will be available. Awards will be given for U12′s, U14′s, U16′s, U18′s, Open,  Senior Classes, as well as Open Canoe, and plastic boats.    All local athletes must provide a volunteer with their entry or pay the volunteer opt out fee with their registration .  Volunteers can help in many ways before, after, or during the race: pick up and serve food, help with course construction, judge, time, or score.


This race is a qualifier for the Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Team for U12′s, U14′s, and U16′s.

Race Schedule:

Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17-open practice

Sunday, May 18

9:30 course closed

9:30 bib hand out/racers’ meeting

9:30 judges’ and timers’ meetings

10:00am first run

approximately11:15am: second run

approximately 1:00pm: awards


Bethesda Gazette Features Fabien Lefevre


Fabien Lefevre winning the 2014 U.S. Team Trials

I could not have expected a better environment [than here],” LeFèvre said. “I love to share my knowledge with people. They send me positive energy and I feel very supported. For that I want to succeed, I don’t want to disappoint them. I don’t want them to think I can come and take a slot on the team and not do well. I want to bring gold back for the United States.”

To read full article, CLICK HERE.

PWRC Athletes Shine at US Senior Team Trials in Charlotte this weekend

Four PWRC athletes qualified to compete in the World Cup in Europe and the  World Championships at Deep Creek this September this past weekend at the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC.

Fabien Lefevre and  Casey Eichfeld took the top two spots in men’s single canoe

Dana Mann and Ashley Nee were 1-2 in women’s kayak

Fabien Lefevre is in first in men’s kayak.

Casey Eichfeld  won men’s double canoe with his partner Devin McEwan.

Click HERE for Live Results 

To help fund Dana Mann’s quest to medal in the World Cup and World Championships, CLICK HERE.

To help fund Ashley Nee’s quest to medal in the World Cup and World Championships, CLICK HERE.

To help fund Casey Eichfeld’s quest to medal in the World Cup and World Championships, CLICK HERE.

To meet Fabien Lefevre, Bethesda’s  newest Olympic Medalist and World Champion and top finisher in K-1 and C-1 at the Team Trials, CLICK HERE

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Ashley Nee of Darnstown, MD, qualifies for the 2014 U.S. Team

2014 Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Team

2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Team Qualifiers

 #1: Saturday, March 15:-Dickerson Spring Race 1Maya_Feeder Spring Fling_small

 #2: Saturday, March 15-Dickerson Spring Race 2

 #3: Sunday, March 16:-Dickerson Spring Race 3

 #4: Sunday, May 4: Kish Slalom, Lewistown, PA

  #5: Sunday, May 18: Feeder Spring Fling

 #6: Saturday, May 31: Dickerson Intermediate Slalom

 #7: Sunday, June 1: Feeder Summer Slalom

2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Team Selection Criteria

Athletes who have qualified for their Regional Team are eligible to attend a Regional Team Training Camp coached by the US National Team Coaches.  The Camp for the regions east of the Mississippi will be held at Nantahala August 12-14.  Those athletes who go on to race in the 2014 Junior Olympics, Age-Group Nationals, Junior Worlds, a Regional Team Training Camp or one of the Canadian Slalom Series races, will be awarded a small stipend to offset travel or other expenses.

1. Athletes must compete in at least three  races:

2. Regional Team placing will be determined by adding points from three races. In case of a tie, tiebreaker will be an average of percentage off of the top junior K-1 in the three counting races.

3. The Regional Team will consist of the top two U12, U14, and U16 athletes per class provided there are at least three athletes in the class.   If there are two or fewer athletes in the class, only one athlete will be named to the Regional Team.

4. A travel/training stipend  will only be awarded to athletes who have gone on to race in the 2014 Junior Olympics, Age-Group Nationals, Junior Worlds, one of the Canadian Slalom Series races, a Regional Team Training Camp, or other designated races. The awards will be made after the designated competitions are completed, and evidence of athlete attendance is received.

5. Each athlete may receive only one monetary reward.

6. Recipients of awards must be USA Canoe/Kayak members.

7. An athlete’s eligibility for selection to a particular team category is determined by the athlete’s “competition age” (age on December 31 of 2014).

Complete rules for the Regional Team program can be found at:


Dickerson Spring Race -March 15/16

Thank you all for coming to the Dickerson Spring Race!

Special thanks go to our volunteers:

George Ivan and Greg Bertrand on timing.  No missed times and perfect height adjustment at the finish even with dropping water levels on the Potomac!

Lauren Bixby and Scott Mann on scoring with young assistants Lena Mojsiak and Emma Morgan Joseph.

Judges and timing assistants Carlos Ifarraguerri, Nancy Templeton, Renata Altman, Cheryl and Rick Smith, Pascal PittmanLaura Mosier, Adam Joseph, Ned Poffenberger, Florence Lehr, Dorothee Utz, Adam Van Grack, and Jurij Mojsiak.

Course Design by Silvan Poberaj and Scott Parsons

Hospitality provided by Andrea Joseph and Jurij Mojsiak.

Photography by Irene Owsley.


Taylor Pittman of Cabin John, MD, on his way to a clean run in his first Dickerson Race

Race #1 Results HERE

Race #2 Results HERE

Race #3 Results HERE

Looking forward to seeing you again at Dickerson

for the U.S. Nationals in October!

PWRC Annual Meeting

Come to PWRC’s Annual Meeting, Potluck Dinner, and Elections!

When: Sunday, February 16 a 7:00pm

Where: Brookmont Church (4000 Virginia Place, Bethesda, MD 20816)

Help PWRC start out another fantastic year of paddling, races, and athlete results!  We will have our annual meeting, eat great food, and elect our new Board of Directors.  If possible, please bring a food or drink item.

PWRC EventWe look forward to seeing everyone there!

Model Basin Team Challenge-January 26

Didn’t qualify to represent your home country in curling in Sochi?  Well you can experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in PWRC’s 2014 Model Basin Team Challenge.  
Entry Details:
  • email Dana by January 24 to enter; there is no entry fee.
  • racers must be current 2014 PWRC members and on the Basin list as of January 20, 2014.

Race Format:

  • participants will be assigned to a team (France, Russia, etc..)
  • teams will have mixed ability and age levels
  • racing will be in an exciting head to head relay format
  • competition will consist of a flatwater sprint (approx 3 min. long) and a two slalom events(approx 90 sec. long each)
  • Open practice on course will be from 9-9:45 am, and race will go from 10am to 12pm on Sunday.
We will need 2-3 parent volunteers to help with the event, so please volunteer!
Please note that access to the Basin is for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.  To get on the Basin list by January 20, please email Dana with relevant information by Monday, January 13th.

Pints for Paddlers

Come join PWRC this Sunday for “Pints for Paddlers” an event to support our Team USA Athletes!

When: Sunday, November 10 at 3:00-5:00 pm

Where: Irish Inn at Glen Echo

What: Meet PWRC Team USA Athletes 

Food and drinks from the Irish Inn / Silent Auction

Cost: $25 ($20 in advance HERE)


Donate to the Club

Your support really makes a difference to these athletes. Donations are the ONLY way these young people are financially supported in their athletic endeavors. Your support is tax deductible.

Get In Touch . . .

Potomac Whitewater Racing Center
PO Box 54
Cabin John, MD 20818

E-mail Contacts

PWRC Membership Questions
PWRC Chair
Adam Van Grack

PWRC Race Director & Coach
Dana Chladek