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2018 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2018 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will compete in the 17th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 2-5, at BOTASKI at Seseña in Seseña, Toledo, Spain. The selections were made based on qualifications criteria that factored performances in record-capability water ski tournaments from the previous 12 months.

Athletes selected to the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Kristen Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), Ryan Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.), Blake Keller (New Hartford, Conn.), Will Roberts (Dow, Ill.) and Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas).

April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) will be the coach, Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.) will serve as team manager, and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas) will be the team physician.

In addition to the coveted world team title, athletes from more than 25 countries will compete for individual medals in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the Junior Worlds. The United States has won world team titles in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004 and 2016.

The 2019 Ski Nautique will be the exclusive towboat of the 17th Junior Water Ski World Championships. Nautique is a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.
























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