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U.S. Team Wins Gold At U21 Worlds

Taylor GarciaThe U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win six medals, including three gold, in respective events at the 7th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 3-5, in Toledo, Spain. The United States tallied 7,572.25 points in winning the gold medal for the sixth time in the history of the biennial event. Belarus scored 7,302.16 points to earn the silver medal and France tallied 7,132.33 points in securing the bronze medal. Athletes from 28 countries participated in the tournament.

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Towboat Draw Posted For GOODE Nationals

The towboat draw for the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships is now available. The Nationals will be held Aug. 11-15 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Towboats qualified to pull the Nationals this year are Centurion, Malibu, MasterCraft and Nautique. To view the towboat draw, click here.

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Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected

K.C. WilsonUSA Water Ski has selected K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for June. Wilson and Baldwin are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA Best of June honors.

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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of June 29:

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Tampa Bay Wins NSSA Southern Regionals

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team (Oldsmar, Fla.) won the team title Sunday at the National Show Ski Association’s 2015 Southern Regional Show Ski Championships. Tampa Bay tallied 1,646.4 points after earning high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, showmanship, sound crew total and overall show. The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees (Sarasota, Fla.) placed second with 1,590.3 points.

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2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team. The selections were made following the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, June 27-28, at Shortline Lakes in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

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Rodgers Wins Big Dawg Tour Stop No. 2

U.S. water ski athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the second stop of the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O'Brien, on Sunday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. The series, now in its 10th year, features four qualifying stops at premier water ski sites around the world as the top 34 mph amateur slalom skiers – age 35 and older – vie for a spot in the Big Dawg Finals. Rodgers defeated Great Britain's Andy Mapple in the head-to-head final, scoring 4 buoys at 41 feet off to Mapple's 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. For complete results, visit www.nautiquebigdawg.com.

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Rock Aqua Jays Win Mercury Open

The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team won the team title at the 2015 Mercury Open on Saturday at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis. The Rock Aqua Jays earned top-scoring awards for pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew and overall show in tallying 1,787.17 points. The Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.) finished second with 1,711.71 points, earning high-scoring awards for dock & equipment personnel and high individual club act.

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Clarification On Masters Women Records

The American Water Ski Association has announced that no Masters Women national records can be set or accepted until after the benchmark score is approved by the AWSA board of directors at its summer meeting in August.

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Can Am Challenge Entry Deadline Is July 11

The deadline for U.S. athletes to express interest in being considered for the 2015 Under 13 Can Am Challenge Water Ski Team and 2015 Under 17 Can Am Challenge Water Ski Team is July 11. The 8th Can Am Challenge will be held Sept. 5-6 at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The two-day, world-record capability event features team competitions between Canada and the United States. The following U.S. athletes have expressed interest as of June 23.

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