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U.S. 'Footers Earn Medals At 2018 Worlds

U.S. athlete Lexi McCauley won gold medals in girls’ slalom (14.20 points), tricks (6,800 points) and overall (2,950.0 points) at the 2018 Junior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, and earned bronze medals in women’s tricks and overall in the 2018 Elite Barefoot Water Ski World Championships.The U.S. Junior Barefoot Water Ski Team and U.S. Senior Barefoot Water Ski Team each won respective overall team gold medals and the U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal at the 2018 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 12-18, at Dream Lake in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. For the seventh consecutive time, the biennial Elite (Open) Barefoot Water Ski World Championships was held simultaneously with the biennial Junior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships and Senior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships. The seven-day event featured more than 100 athletes from 12 countries. The Elite Barefoot Worlds took place for the 21st time, while the Junior Barefoot Worlds was held for the 13th time and the Senior Barefoot Worlds commenced for the 11th time.

Athletes competed for medals in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall, in addition to the coveted team titles. The wake slalom event consisted of athletes crossing the boat wake as many times as possible in two 15-second passes. Tricks competitors performed as many tricks as possible in two 15-second passes. Jumpers, who were each allowed three attempts, went for distance while leaping off an 18-inch ramp.

The U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal with 7,995.67 points. Australia won the gold medal (8,171.24 points) and New Zealand earned the bronze (7,221.37 points) in the 10-team field. Members of the U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team were: Michael Caruso (Delray Beach, Fla.), Landen Ehlers (Austin, Texas), Jackson Gerard (Babson Park, Fla.), Jason Lee (Winter Haven, Fla.), Lexi McCauley (Louisville, Ohio), Brody Meskers (Chetek, Wis.), Keith St. Onge (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Alex Youngblood (Highland, Mich.).

Gerard won the gold medal in men’s tricks (12,750 points) and the bronze in overall (2,820.03 points); St. Onge earned silver medals in men’s slalom (19.90 points) and overall (2,831.46 points), and bronze medals in tricks (10,530 points) and jumping (82 feet); and McCauley earned bronze medals in women’s tricks (3,600 points) and overall (1,973.71 points).

The U.S. Junior Barefoot Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal with 5,950.00 points points. Australia earned the silver (3,926.13 points) and New Zealand earned the bronze (3,715.96 points) in the seven-team field. Members of the U.S. Junior Barefoot Water Ski Team were: Jackson Gerard (Babson Park, Fla.), Lexi McCauley (Louisville, Ohio), Ryleigh Stenson (Buffalo, Minn.), Brice Storman (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brett Swanbom (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.) and Alex Youngblood (Highland, Mich.).

McCauley won gold medals in girls’ slalom (14.20 points), tricks (6,800 points) and overall (2,950.0 points); Storman won the gold medal in boys’ slalom (17.00 points); Gerard won gold medals in boys’ tricks (14,050 points) and overall (2,900.0 points), the silver in jumping (76 feet), and the bronze in slalom (16.30 points); Youngblood won the gold medal in girls’ jumping (39 feet) and silver medals in slalom (14.00 points), tricks (2,800 points) and overall (2,397.68 points); and Stenson earned the bronze medal in girls’ jumping (28 feet).

The U.S. Senior Barefoot Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal with 5,973.12 points. Germany earned the silver (4,799.39 points) and Australia earned the bronze (4,730.96 points) in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Senior Barefoot Water Ski Team were: Dan Baumgartner (Hartland, Wis.), Teri Jones (Orlando, Fla.), Jason Lee (Winter Haven, Fla.), Joe Lovato (Tigard, Ore.), Chris McWatters (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Rachel Normand (Tega Cay, S.C.).   

Lee won gold medals in men’s jumping (77 feet) and overall (2,973.12 points), the silver in slalom (18.10 points) and the bronze in tricks (3,730 points); Normand won gold medals in women’s slalom (13.50 points), tricks (2,400 points), jumping (37 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); and McWatters earned the bronze medal in men’s slalom (16.30 points). U.S. independent William Farrell (West Sacramento, Calif.) earned the silver medal in men’s tricks (4,380 points).

Dale Stevens (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Jason Lee (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Jerry Kanawyer (Byron, Calif.) served as the coaches for the Elite, Junior and Senior teams, respectively. Lauren St. Onge (Winter Haven, Fla.) and A.J. Lacsamana (Chicago, Ill.) served as manager and trainer, respectively.

Other gold medalists from the Elite Worlds were: Australia’s Ashley Stebbeings, women’s slalom (16.80 points), tricks (8,400 points) and overall (3,000.0 points); New Zealand’s Georgia Groen, women’s jumping (67 feet); and Great Britain’s David Small, men’s slalom (20.0 points), jumping (84 feet) and overall (2,945.70 points). The other gold medalist from the Junior Worlds was Australia’s Tee-Jay Russo, boys’ jumping (84 feet). The other gold medalist from the Senior Worlds was Australia’s Brett Sands, senior men’s slalom (18.60 points) and tricks (6,180 points).

For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/barefoot/18IWWF001/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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