Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 02/28/2013 10:28:45
- In: Water Skiing
USA Water Ski has selected Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for February. The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team was selected USA Water Ski’s Team of the Month. Garcia, Lang and the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete and Team of the Month honors.
Garcia won the gold medal in boys' jumping and earned the bronze medal in overall at the 14th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Feb. 20-24, in Mulwala, Australia. Garcia won jumping with a distance of 178 feet, which tied his personal-best distance. He also earned the bronze medal in overall, tallying 2,523.48 points with scores of 178 feet in jumping, 5,540 points in tricks (ninth place) and 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off (fourth-place tie) in slalom.
Lang won gold medals in girls' tricks and overall, and the silver medal in slalom at the 14th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Feb. 20-24, in Mulwala, Australia. She also placed fourth in jumping. She won tricks with a score of 8,850 points and tallied 2,862.45 points in overall after scoring 8,990 points in tricks (preliminary round), 1 buoy at 38 feet off in slalom and 119 feet in jumping.
The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and three team members earned individual medals in respective events at the 14th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Feb. 20-24, in Mulwala, Australia. The United States tallied 7,495.82 points in winning the biennial event for the third consecutive time and ninth time overall. Australia earned the silver medal with 7,314.44 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 6,397.79 points. Athletes and teams from 22 countries competed in the five-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.
Members of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Nicholas Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Kara MacIntyre (Knoxville, Tenn.). Nicholas Lang, however, suffered an injury in practice on the day before the tournament was scheduled to begin and was unable to compete in the tournament. As a result, Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) was elevated from alternate to team member. Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Jody Johnson (Collierville, Tenn.) and Dr. Marc Aiken (Johnson City, Tenn.) served as coach, captain and physician, respectively.
Garcia won the gold medal in boys' jumping and earned the bronze medal in overall; Erika Lang won gold medals in girls' tricks and overall, and the silver medal in slalom; and MacIntyre earned the bronze medal in girls' slalom and placed ninth overall. In addition, Baldwin placed fourth in girls' tricks and fifth overall.