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U.S. Team Places Fourth At Junior Worlds

Brooke Baldwin won the Junior Worlds girls' overall title for the second consecutive time.The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team placed fourth and U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won individual gold medals in respective events at the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. Canada won the gold medal with 7,616.36 points, France earned the silver medal with 7,472.47 points and Great Britain earned the bronze medal with 7,406.40 points. Athletes and teams from 21 countries competed in the four-day tournament as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

U.S. team members combined to win seven individual medals at the biennial event. The United States tallied 7,398.23 points in finishing fourth. In addition to Baldwin and Gay, members of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.), Taylor Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.) and Dylan Melnar (Seguin, Texas). Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) was the coach, Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) served as team manager and Dr. Kurt Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas) was the team physician.

Baldwin won the gold medal in girls’ overall for the second consecutive time, scoring 2,754.70 points after recording scores of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 8,670 points in tricks (preliminary round) and 143 feet in jumping (preliminary round). She also earned the silver medal in slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off) and bronze medals in tricks (8,610 points) and jumping (140 feet). Her score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the preliminary round was a new Junior Water Ski World Championships’ record score.

Gay set a new Junior Worlds’ girls’ tricks record of 10,440 points in winning the gold medal for the second consecutive time. She also earned the bronze medal in overall with 2,423.48 points after recording scores of ½ buoy at 35 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 10,440 points in tricks (finals) and 122 feet in jumping (preliminary round).

Canepa earned the bronze medal in boys’ slalom, scoring 0 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Hunter tied for fifth (4 buoys at 38 feet off). In other event finals, Melnar placed 12th in boys’ jumping (145 feet) and U.S. independent Alexandra Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed 10th in girls’ slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off).

Canada’s Jaimee Bull won the gold medal in girls’ slalom (4 buoys at 38 feet off); Canada’s Dominque Grondin-Allard won the gold medal in girls’ jumping (148 feet); Great Britain’s Robert Hazelwood won the gold medal in boys’ slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Mexico’s Patricio Font won the gold medal in boys’ tricks (10,010 points); Canada’s Conley Pinette won the gold medal in boys’ jumping (183 feet); and Great Britain’s Joel Poland won the gold medal in boys’ overall (2,838.93 points).

For complete results of the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, click here. The United States won the world team title in 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004 and 2016.

The Ski Nautique 200 was the official towboat of the Junior Water Ski World Championships. Nautique is a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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