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U.S. Under 21 Team Wins Gold Medal

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the gold medal and five U.S. athletes combined to earn six individual medals at the 6th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 12-15, at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team tallied 7,602.14 points in winning the Under 21 world team title for the fifth time. Australia earned the silver medal with 7,206.63 points, and Italy earned the bronze medal, tallying 7,040.86 points. Athletes from 26 countries competed in the biennial event.

Members of the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team were: Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), and Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.). Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) was the team coach. Jim Grew (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Dr. Brent Fulton (Daytona Beach, Fla.) served as manager and physician, respectively. The United States has now won the Under 21 world team title in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013. France won in 2007.

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.), competed as U.S. independent athletes.

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 ˝-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.

In women’s jumping, Morgan earned the bronze medal with a distance of 163 feet/49.6 meters. Australia’s Jacinta Carroll won the gold medal with a distance of 177 feet/53.8 meters. Grant earned the silver medal with a distance of 165 feet/50.2 meters.

In men’s jumping, Garcia placed fifth with a distance of 195 feet/59.5 meters. Sweden’s Daniel Efverstrom won the gold medal with a distance of 214 feet/65.3 meters. Poland’s Kamil Borysewicz earned the silver medal with a distance of 205 feet/52.5 meters and Norway’s Tobia Hvaara earned the bronze medal with a distance of 198 feet/60.4 meters.

In women’s overall, Lang earned the bronze medal with 2,432.63 points. Carroll won the gold medal with 2,499.29 points and Germany’s Giannina Bonnemann earned the silver medal with 2,454.60 points. Morgan placed fourth with 2,297.09 points.

In men’s overall, Schaffer and Garcia placed sixth and 12th, respectively. Bradstreet won the gold medal with 2,775.39 points. Kolman earned the silver medal with 2,763.79 points and Efverstrom earned the bronze medal with 2,651.73 points.

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