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Three U.S. Athletes Earn Medals At U21 Worlds

Anna Gay won gold medals in women's tricks and overall at the 2019 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships.The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team placed fourth and three U.S. athletes earned individual medals at the 9th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 4-7, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Great Britain won the gold medal, its first U21 world team title, scoring 7,591.17 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,559.67 points and the Ukraine earned the bronze medal with 7,517.06 points. The United States (7,509.38 points) and Australia (6,396.91 points) rounded out the top-five placements at the biennial event, which featured teams representing 21 countries.

Members of the 2019 U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team were: Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.), Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.), Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.) and Ben Leutz (Jacksonville, Ill.). Erin Kalkbrenner (Wichita, Kan.) was the team coach/manager. The team members were selected based on a performance criteria established by the International Activities Committee and approved by the American Water Ski Association board of directors. Canepa replaced Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), who was originally selected to the team but had to withdraw while recovering from an injury.

Gay won gold medals in womenís tricks (10,530 points) and overall (2,663.50 points); Hansen earned the bronze medal in womenís tricks (8,570 points) and the silver medal in overall (2,528.4 points); and Leutz earned the bronze medal in menís jumping (201 feet). Haines placed fifth in menís jumping (198 feet) and 10th overall (2,126.61 points).

Gay advanced to the finals in all three events and won the overall title with top scores of 10,530 points in tricks (finals), 2 buoys at 38 feet off in slalom (finals) and 136 feet in jumping (preliminary round). Hansen also advanced to the finals in all three events and earned the silver medal in overall after recording scores of 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 8,570 points in tricks (finals) and 132 feet in jumping (finals).

U.S. athletes competing as independents were: Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas), Ali Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Kassidy Hawkins (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Garrett Reese (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas). Hawkins (4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), Austin (3 buoys at 38 feet off) and Garcia (4 buoys at 35 feet off) placed fifth, sixth and 11th, respectively, in womenís slalom, while Stange placed fifth in menís slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

Other gold medalists were: Great Britainís Joel Poland, menís slalom (1 buoy at 41 feet off), jumping (216 feet) and overall (2,957.47 points); Ukraineís Danylo Filíchenko, menís tricks (11,520 points); Chileís Valentina Gonzalez, womenís jumping (156 feet); and Canadaís Jaimee Bull, womenís slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

The United States won the Under 21 world team title in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. France won in 2007 and Canada won in 2017.

For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/19CHI20/.

The 2019 Ski Nautique was the exclusive towboat of the 2019 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships. Nautique is a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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