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U.S. Team Earns Silver Medal At U21 Worlds

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win seven medals, including four gold, in respective events at the 8th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 13-16, at the Sentosa Water Ski Club in Dnipro, Ukraine. The United States tallied 7,542.05 points in earning the silver medal for the second time in the history of the biennial event. Canada scored 7,825.40 points to win the gold medal for the first time, and Belarus tallied 7,253.26 points in securing the bronze medal. Athletes from 22 countries participated in the tournament.

Members of the 2017 U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team were: Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Taylor Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas) and Nicholas Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.). The team members were selected earlier this year based on a performance criteria established by the American Water Ski Associationís International Activities Committee and approved by the AWSA board of directors.

Gay won gold medals in womenís tricks and overall; Garcia won the gold medal in menís slalom and the silver medal in jumping; Austin earned the silver medal in womenís slalom; and Lang earned the bronze medal in menís jumping. U.S. independent Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.) won the gold medal in womenís slalom.

Garcia won menís slalom with a score of 1 buoy at 41 feet off. Enzo Vigezzi (France) earned the silver medal with a score of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and Brando Caruso (Italy) earned the bronze medal with a score of 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

Garcia earned the silver medal in menís jumping with a distance of 208 feet. Lang earned the bronze medal (201 feet) and Jack Critchley (Great Britain) won the gold medal with a distance of 221 feet.

Gay won womenís tricks with a score of 9,750 points in the finals. She set a new Under 21 Worldsí record score of 10,440 points in the preliminary round to earn the top seed for the finals. Natalia Cuglievan (Peru) earned the silver medal with 9,040 points and Paige Rini (Canada) earned the bronze medal with 7,060 points. Taylor Grathwohl (5,250 points) and Abbi Grathwohl (4,870 points) placed eighth and ninth, respectively.

Gay won womenís overall with 2,650.15 points after scoring 2 buoys at 38 feet off in slalom (finals), 10,440 points in tricks (elimination round) and 124 feet in jumping (elimination round). Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (Belarus) earned the silver medal with 2,606.58 points and Valentina Gonzalez (Chile) earned the bronze medal with 2,389.65 points. Abbi Grathwohl and Taylor Grathwohl placed 11th and 14th, respectively.

Nicholson won womenís slalom with an Under 21 Worldsí record score of 4 buoys at 38 feet off in the finals. She had earned the top seed for the finals with a score of 2 buoys at 38 feet off in the elimination round. Austin earned the silver medal with a score of 3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off. Pernelle Grobet (Switzerland) earned the bronze medal (3 buoys at 38 feet off). Gay (2 buoys at 38 feet off) and Abbi Grathwohl (2-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off) placed eighth and 12th respectively.

Dominique Allard Grondin (Canada) won the gold medal in womenís jumping with a distance of 155 feet. Danisheuskaya earned the silver medal with a distance of 150 feet and Emma Brunel (France) earned the bronze medal with a distance of 146 feet. U.S. independent Mariah Fields (McQueeney, Texas) placed 12th with a distance of 121 feet.

In menís overall, Danylo FilíChenko (Ukraine) won the gold medal with 2,759.81 points. Dorien Llewellyn (Canada) earned the silver medal with 2,699.93 points and Tanguy Dailland (France) earned the bronze medal with 2,686.01 points. Lang placed fifth with 2,480.54 points.

FilíChenko also won the gold medal in menís tricks, scoring 10,050 points. Llewellyn earned the silver medal with 9,180 points and Gianmarco Pajni (Italy) earned the bronze medal with 9,150 points.

The United States won the Under 21 world team title in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. France won in 2007.

The world-record breaking Ski Nautique 200 was the exclusive towboat of the 2017 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships.

For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/17IWWF01/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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