Marylanders Parsons, Queen make Olympics
Bethesda's Scott Parsons secured a third straight U.S. Olympic team berth in men's kayaking with a dominant victory Saturday at a world cup event in Cardiff, Wales, and Darnestown's Caroline Queen narrowly secured her first Olympic team slot in the women's event, edging longtime friend Ashley Nee, also of Darnestown. Wrapping up a three-step Olympic trials selection process, Parsons topped two other Americans in Wales with his 11th-place finish in 97.62 seconds. He fell just .06 of a second short of earning a slot in the finals. Queen, a Davidson College sophomore, won her Olympic berth in women's kayak on a tiebreaker after finishing 35th overall, just ahead of Nee, who came in 37th. "It's a relief," Parsons said in a release from USA Canoe/Kayak. "Honestly, it's hard to describe. The process has been physically and mentally exhausting. So at the moment, I'm not sure that the excitement is really going to kick in until a little later. ... But I'm very, very excited. I'm really happy." Said Queen: "It's kind of hard to believe at this point. ... It's pretty incredible." Parsons and Queen train at the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center.
—Amy Shipley, The Washington Post