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U.S. Athletes Win Junior Masters' Titles

U.S. athletes K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.), Brie Carter (Loudon, Tenn.) and Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.) won titles in respective events Friday at the 20th Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Haw won the junior women's jumping and overall titles. She won jumping with a distance of 143 feet on her third and final attempt. She passed on her first attempt and jumped 135 feet on her second attempt before clinching the title with the 143-foot effort. Belarus' Hanna Straltsova, finished runner-up with a distance of 138 feet, followed by U.S. athlete Brittany Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.).

Haw tallied 2,492.70 overall points after recording scores of 3,390 points in tricks, 3 buoys at 35 feet off in slalom, and 143 feet in jumping.

Wilson won the junior men's slalom title, scoring 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. The score tied the previous course record co-held by Wilson (2009) and fellow U.S. athlete Ian Trapp (2003). U.S. athlete Zane Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.) placed second, scoring 4 buoys at 38 feet off, and Canada's Jaret Bull was third (4 buoys at 38 feet off).

Carter won the junior women's slalom title, scoring 4 buoys at 35 feet off. She earned the top seed for the finals with a score of 3 buoys at 38 feet off in the elimination round, one buoy shy of tying the junior women’s course record at Robin Lake. Haw finished second with a score of 3 buoys at 35 feet off, followed by France's Camille Poulain-Ferrarios (3 buoys at 35 feet off).

In other events, Germany's Giannina Bonnemann won junior women's tricks (6,880 points); Australia's Joshua Briant won junior men's tricks (9,680 points) and overall (2,935.90 points), and New Zealand's Alex King won junior men's jumping (171 feet). U.S. athlete Anna Gay finished runner-up in junior women's tricks, scoring 6,070 points. For complete results, visit www.masterswaterski.com.

The 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday. The elimination round will be held on Saturday with finals taking place on Sunday. A live Webcast can be viewed at www.masterswaterski.com.

U.S. athletes Freddy Krueger (men's jumping), Jimmy Siemers (men's tricks) and Jon Travers (men's slalom) are defending Masters' champions in respective events. Krueger has won seven consecutive men's jumping titles. Other defending champions include Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava, women's jumping; Canada's Whitney McClintock, women's tricks; and Australia's Karina Nowlan, women's slalom.

Other U.S. athletes qualified to compete in the Masters include: April Coble-Eller, women's slalom; Scot Ellis, men's jumping; Russell Gay, men's tricks; Regina Jaquess, women's slalom and jumping; Erika Lang, women's tricks; Alex Lauretano, women's tricks and jumping; Chris Parrish, men's slalom; Nick Parsons, men's slalom; Chris Rossi (men's slalom); Nate Smith, men's slalom; and Karen Truelove, women's slalom. Siemers also is qualified to compete in men's jumping.

Adding to the prominence of the 53rd Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by Nautique, is the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Water Ski designating the water ski competition as an Operation Gold event. Operation Gold is a USOC program that rewards athletes for earning medals at elite level events. Operation Gold allows U.S. water ski athletes to earn money by placing in the top-four in their division/event.

"Only one tournament per year can be selected as an Operation Gold event, and it must be agreed upon by USA Water Ski and the USOC," said Bob Crowley, executive director of USA Water Ski. "This is the first time any event other than the Water Ski World Championships, Pan American Games or Pan American Water Ski Championships has been selected as an Operation Gold event. Being selected as the Operation Gold event in 2012 is a testament to the prestige of the Masters."

























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