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U.S. Dominates At 35+ Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team won the overall team gold medal and 28 U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn 53 individual medals, including 19 gold medals, in respective events at the 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States tallied 14,908.94 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. Great Britain earned the silver medal with 12,033.36 points and Germany earned the bronze medal with 11,125.96 points. Athletes and teams from 23 countries competed in the six-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

Members of the 2018 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team were: Cyndi Benzel (Groveland, Fla.), Dean Chappell (Decatur, Ill.), Graham Fizer (Talking Rock, Ga.), Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), Mary Koenig (Groveland, Fla.), Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), Mike Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), Brandy Nagle (Elk Grove, Calif.), Marc Shaw (Ocoee, Fla.) and Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas). Chris Travers (Groveland, Fla.) served as the coach and Jill Smith (New Carlisle, Ind.) was the manager.

U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team members combined to win 24 medals 15 gold, seven silver and two bronze. Benzel won the gold medal in Over 65 Women slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off) and earned the silver medal in tricks (1,850 points); Chappell won the gold medal in Over 65 Men jumping (113 feet); Kelley won gold medals in Over 55 Women tricks (3,390 points), jumping (115 feet) and overall (2,989.80 points), and earned the silver medal in slalom (1/2 buoy at 38 feet off); Koening earned the bronze medal in Over 55 Women jumping (98 feet); Krueger won gold medals in Over 45 Women slalom (3 buoys at 35 feet off), jumping (128 feet) and overall (2,970.93 points), and earned the silver medal in tricks (3,330 points); Morgan won gold medals in Over 55 Men tricks (4,000 points) and overall (2,809.78 points), and earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Nagle won gold medals in Over 35 Women tricks (3,650 points) and overall (2,954.55 points), and earned silver medals in slalom (5 buoys at 32 feet off) and jumping (106 feet); Shaw won the gold medal in Over 45 Men overall (3,000.0 points) and earned the silver medal in jumping (161 feet); and Siemers won gold medals in Over 35 Men tricks (10,230 points) and overall (2,810.81 points), and earned the silver medal in jumping (208 feet).

Nineteen U.S. athletes also combined to earn 29 medals competing as independents.

In Over 35 Men, Casey Mommer (Rivers, Manitoba, Canada) earned the bronze medal in jumping (194 feet); Seth Stisher (Johns Island, S.C.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); and Dave Wingerter (Kirkland, Wash.) earned the silver medal in slalom (1 buoy at 41 feet off).

In Over 35 Women, Patricia Burt (Greenacres, Fla.) earned the silver medal in slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off); and Renee Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) earned bronze medals in jumping (73 feet) and overall (1898.37 points).

In Over 45 Men, Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.) won the gold medal in jumping (181 feet); Todd Kuykendall (Enid, Okla.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off); and Kyle Tate Winter Garden, Fla.) won the gold medal in slalom (1 buoy at 41 feet off).

In Over 45 Women, Brenda Nichols (Windermere, Fla.) earned silver medals in slalom (2 buoys at 35 feet off), jumping (125 feet) and overall (2,776.38 points), and the bronze medal in tricks (2,690 points).

In Over 45 Men, Marc Bedsole (Orlando, Fla.) won the gold medal in tricks (5,150 points).

In Over 55 Men, Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas) earned the silver medal in jumping (143 feet); and Gordon Hall (San Marcos, Texas) earned the bronze medal in tricks (3,130 points).

In Over 55 Women, Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in overall (2,171.50 points); Alison Poulsen (Ketchum, Idaho) earned the bronze medal in slalom (5 buoys at 35 feet off); and Libby Van Treese (Sidney, Ohio) earned the bronze medal in tricks (2,760 points).

In Over 65 Men, Mike Bray (Marlow, Okla.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off); Bob Hardeman (Livermore, Calif.) earned the silver medal in slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off); Daniel Morea (Gilford, N.H.) earned the silver medal in tricks (1,860 points); and Daniel Wamhoff (Hope, Mich.) won the gold medal in slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

In Over 65 Women, Brenda Cavenaugh (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) earned the silver medal in overall (2095.84 points) and bronze medals in tricks (1,450 points) and jumping (43 feet); Nancy Congleton (Richland, Wash.) earned the silver medal in jumping (54 feet) and the bronze medal in overall (1,868.71 points); and Sandra Cummings (Lapeer, Mich.) earned the silver medal in slalom (1 buoy at 35 feet off).

The 2019 Ski Nautique was the exclusive towboat of the 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships. Nautique is a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

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