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Athletes, Team of the Month Selected

USA Water Ski has selected Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month for July. The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Garcia, Gay and the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of July Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

Garcia won the gold medal in men’s slalom and the silver medal in jumping and helped lead the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team to the silver medal at the 8th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 13-16, at the Sentosa Water Ski Club in Dnipro, Ukraine. Garcia won men’s slalom with a score of 1 buoy at 41 feet off. Despite breaking one of his jump skis prior to the event, Garcia earned the silver medal in men’s jumping – on borrowed equipment – with a distance of 208 feet. Garcia also recorded third-place finishes at the 2017 Lotto Netta Cup Night Jump on July 22 in Augustow, Poland, and the Vladimir Filin Memorial Moscow Pro Jump on July 30 in Moscow, Russia.

Gay won gold medals in women’s tricks and overall and helped lead the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team to the silver medal at the 8th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 13-16, at the Sentosa Water Ski Club in Dnipro, Ukraine. Gay won women’s tricks with a score of 9,750 points in the finals. She set a new Under 21 Worlds’ record score of 10,440 points in the preliminary round to earn the top seed for the finals. Gay won women’s 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). Gay also placed fourth in women’s tricks at the 10th World Games, July 25-27, on the Old Odra River in Wroclaw, Poland.

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal 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.). Gay won gold medals in women’s tricks and overall; Garcia won the gold medal in men’s slalom and the silver medal in jumping; Austin earned the silver medal in women’s slalom; and Lang earned the bronze medal in men’s jumping. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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