U.S. Athletes Win Junior U.S. Open Titles
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 06/03/2012 17:45:06
- In: Water Skiing
Seven U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 12th annual Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 2-3, at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The two-round, world-record capability event featured Men and Women divisions (ages 17 to 21), in addition to Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.
U.S. athletes winning titles were: Dane Mechler (Loveland, Ohio), Boys' slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off); Nicholas Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Boys' jumping (163 feet); Samuel Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.). Boys' Overall (2,685.6 points); Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Girls' slalom (3 buoys at 35 feet off), tricks (8,290 points) and overall (2,720.1 points); K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.), Men's slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Steven Brooks (Canyon Lake, Calif.), Men's tricks (5,760 points) and overall (2,770.8 points); and Caroline Cooper (Moneta, Va.), Women's slalom (2 buoys at 35 feet off).
In Saturday’s elimination round, Erika Lang set a pending Girls 3 and Open Women national tricks record of 9,050 points. It also is a Junior U.S. Open record, surpassing the 8,990-point mark Lang set last year.
Other athletes winning titles were: Mexico's Patricio Font, Boys' tricks (4,930 points); Canada's Valerie Grenier, Girls' jumping (127 feet); and Great Britain's Christoper Wharton, Men's jumping (177 feet).
For complete results, click here.