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Baldwin, Canepa Earn January Honors

Brooke BaldwinUSA Water Ski has selected Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for January. The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team was selected USA Water Ski’s Team of the Month. Baldwin, Canepa and the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of January Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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) at the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. 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.

Canepa earned the bronze medal in boys’ slalom, scoring 0 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off at the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile.

The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team placed fourth at the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. 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. Members of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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