Carter Wins Gold Medal At U21 Worlds
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 09/14/2013 16:03:39
- In: Water Skiing
The 6th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships continued Saturday at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla., with U.S. independent water ski athlete Brie Carter (Loudon, Tenn.) winning the gold medal in women's slalom. A four-member U.S. team and several U.S. independent water ski athletes are competing in the biennial event, which began Thursday and concludes Sunday. For complete results through Saturday as well as Sunday's running orders for the finals of men's and women's jumping, click here
Members of the 2013 U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team are (alphabetical order): Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), and Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.). The team members were selected based on a performance criteria established the International Activities Committee and approved by the American Water Ski Association board of directors.
U.S. athletes competing as independents are: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Brie Carter (Loudon, Tenn.), Caroline Cooper (Moneta, Va.), Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Kara MacIntyre (Knoxville, Tenn.), Kevin Malak (Justin, Texas), Zane Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.), Tyler Scott (Covington, La.), Nikki Waitt (Clermont, Fla.), K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.), Taylor Woolsey (Montverde, Fla.) and Tyler Yager (Shell Beach, Calif.).
In Day 3 action on Saturday, Carter won the gold medal in women's slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 38 feet off. Dumala, the gold medalist at the Junior Water Ski World Championships earlier this year in Mulwala, Australia, earned the silver medal with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off. Canada's Taryn Grant earned the bronze medal with a score of a Ĺ-buoy at 38 feet off. Lang (4-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off) placed fifth, Cooper (3-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off) finished seventh, MacIntyre (2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off) placed ninth, and Morgan (2 buoys at 35 feet off) finished 11th.
In men's slalom, Yager earned the bronze medal, scoring 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Canada's Stephen Neveu won the gold medal with a score of 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off and Switzerland's Benjamin Stadlbauer earned the silver medal with a score of 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Wilson ( 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) finished sixth, Scott (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) finished ninth, and Nicholson (5-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) placed 12th.
In women's tricks, Lang earned the silver medal with a score of 8,990 points. France's Iris Cambray won the gold medal with 9,090 points and Germany's Giannina Bonnemann (7,320 points) earned the bronze medal. Gay placed fourth with 7,040 points and Baldwin finished seventh with 6,170 points.
In men's tricks, Schaffer placed fourth with 9,340 points. Australia's Joshua Briant won the gold medal with 10,050 points. Australia's Timothy Bradstreet (9,820 points) earned the silver medal and the Czech Republic's Martin Kolman (9,550 points) earned the bronze medal.
The finals in men's and women's jumping will take place Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. (EDT).
Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) is the coach of the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team, while Jim Grew (Winter Haven, Fla.) is serving as the team manager and Dr. Brent Fulton (Daytona Beach, Fla.) is the team physician. The United States won the Under 21 world team title in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2011. France won in 2007.
In Day 2 action on Friday, Morgan advanced to the finals of womenís jumping with a distance of 168 feet (51.1 meters). Morgan will be the No. 2 seed in the finals behind Australiaís Jacinta Carroll (177 feet/54.2 meters). In the menís slalom preliminary round, Wilson (5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), Yager (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), Nicholson (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), and Scott (4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) all advanced to the finals. Canadaís Stephen Neveu earned the top seed with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. In menís jumping, Garcia advanced to the finals with a distance of 191 feet/58.1 meters. Australiaís Tim Bradstreet earned the top seed with a distance of 210 feet/63.9 meters.
In Day 1 action on Thursday, Lang earned the top seed for the finals of womenís tricks with a score of 8,990 points. Gay (6,900 points) and Baldwin (5,420 points) also advanced to the finals. In menís tricks, Schaffer advanced to the finals, earning the fifth seed with a score of 8,890 points. In womenís tricks, Carter and Dumala each scored 3 buoys at 38 feet off to lead all athletes. Carter will be the top seed for the finals based upon tournament seeding. Morgan (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), Cooper (2 buoys at 38 feet off), Lang (5 buoys at 35 feet off, and MacIntyre (4 buoys at 35 feet off) also advanced to the finals.†