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Marylanders Fabien Lefevre, Ashley Nee make U.S. team for ICF Slalom World Championship in McHenry

Fabien Lefevre of Bethesda and Ashley Nee of Darnestown made the U.S. team that will compete at the ICF Slalom World Championship on Sept. 16-21 in McHenry, the first time the event will be held on American soil in 25 years.

Lefevre, a two-time Olympic medalist for France, will compete in men's K-1 with Michal Smolen of Gastonia, N.C., and Rick Powell of Parkesburg, Pa., and in men's C-1 with Casey Eichfeld of Drums, Pa., and Zach Lokken of Durango, Colo.

Nee will compete in women's K-1 with Dana Mann of Washington and Anna Maria Ifarraguerri of McLean, Va.

Other members of the team announced last week by USA Canoe/Kayak are Colleen Hickey of Okawville, Ill., Micki Reeves of Grand Junction, Colo., and Tracy Hines of Mount Holly, N.C., in women's C-1 and Eichfeld/Devin McEwan of Salisbury, Conn., Jeff Larimer of Marietta, Ga./Eric Hurd of Woodstock, Ga., and Benn Fraker of Peachtree City, Ga./Scott McCleskey of Sylva, N.C., in men's C-2.

The squad has a combined eight Olympic appearances: Lefevre (2008 and 2004 for France), Eichfeld (2012 and 2008), Powell (2008), Fraker (2008), Larimer (2012) and Hurd (2012).

Lefevre finished first in men's K-1 and C-1 last weekend at the team trials at U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C., and will look to improve upon his fourth-place finish at the 2013 world championships.

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