U.S. Team Places Fourth At Junior Worlds

Brooke Baldwin won the Junior Worlds girls' overall title for the second consecutive time.The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team placed fourth and U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won individual gold medals in respective events at the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. Canada won the gold medal with 7,616.36 points, France earned the silver medal with 7,472.47 points and Great Britain earned the bronze medal with 7,406.40 points. Athletes and teams from 21 countries competed in the four-day tournament as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

U.S. team members combined to win seven individual medals at the biennial event. The United States tallied 7,398.23 points in finishing fourth. In addition to Baldwin and Gay, members of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.), Taylor Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.) and Dylan Melnar (Seguin, Texas). Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) was the coach, Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) served as team manager and Dr. Kurt Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas) was the team physician.

Baldwin won the gold medal in girls’ overall for the second consecutive time, scoring 2,754.70 points after recording scores of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 8,670 points in tricks (preliminary round) and 143 feet in jumping (preliminary round). She also earned the silver medal in slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off) and bronze medals in tricks (8,610 points) and jumping (140 feet). Her score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the preliminary round was a new Junior Water Ski World Championships’ record score.

Gay set a new Junior Worlds’ girls’ tricks record of 10,440 points in winning the gold medal for the second consecutive time. She also earned the bronze medal in overall with 2,423.48 points after recording scores of ½ buoy at 35 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 10,440 points in tricks (finals) and 122 feet in jumping (preliminary round).

Canepa earned the bronze medal in boys’ slalom, scoring 0 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Hunter tied for fifth (4 buoys at 38 feet off). In other event finals, Melnar placed 12th in boys’ jumping (145 feet) and U.S. independent Alexandra Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed 10th in girls’ slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off).

Canada’s Jaimee Bull won the gold medal in girls’ slalom (4 buoys at 38 feet off); Canada’s Dominque Grondin-Allard won the gold medal in girls’ jumping (148 feet); Great Britain’s Robert Hazelwood won the gold medal in boys’ slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Mexico’s Patricio Font won the gold medal in boys’ tricks (10,010 points); Canada’s Conley Pinette won the gold medal in boys’ jumping (183 feet); and Great Britain’s Joel Poland won the gold medal in boys’ overall (2,838.93 points).

For complete results of the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, click here. The United States won the world team title in 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004 and 2016.

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In Memoriam: James Salmas, 1925-2017

James Salmas, a longtime USA Water Ski member and tournament competitor and a 2008 USA Water Ski Foundation Award of Distinction recipient, passed away on Jan. 3. He was 91 years old.

Salmas, of Greenacres, Fla., was an active competitor for 45 years, competing in his first three-event water ski tournament in 1960 at age 35 and his last in 2006 at age 80. He won 22 national championships and set 15 national records. He was credited with achieving the highest overall score at the Water Ski National Championships three times. He was a two-time member of the U.S. Veteran Water Ski Team. He was a tournament boat driver for more than 20 years in the 1970s and ‘80s, and he was a water ski instructor in formal and informal settings throughout his career.

Celebration of Life of Jim Salmas
Riverbridge Community Clubhouse
Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4:00 p.m.
100 Riverbridge Blvd.
Greenacres, FL 33413

SMRR To Host 2017 GOODE Nationals

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors approved the bid from the San Marcos River Ranch to host the 2017 Nationals. The San Marcos River Ranch, a private water ski development featuring four world record-capability water ski lakes, is located between Austin and San Antonio along the San Marcos River. It previously hosted the 2014 GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

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AWSA Approves Four-Round Tournaments

The American Water Ski Association’s Rules Committee and the AWSA board of directors approved four-round tournaments at its summer meeting.

The below wording was approved for the AWSA Rulebook:

Rule 1.09C ROUNDS PER TOURNAMENT: There shall not be more than three rounds per tournament unless subsequent rounds after the third round are elimination based or sanctioned as Class X. Alternatively, one tournament may be held with four rounds over two or more days. Also, see Rule 13.01.A.

13.01A The tournament may consist of either two or three rounds of competition in each event scheduled. The announcement must state the number of rounds. Tournaments shall be limited to a maximum of three rounds of any one event on days specified in Rule 1.09 unless using the four round over two or more day option, except as provided for in 13.02.A.

13.02A Rounds: The tournament shall consist of no more than three preliminary, non-elimination based rounds and no more than six total rounds.  Scores obtained in all rounds shall be included in the ranking list in the same manner that non-elimination based tournaments are included (i.e. generally the best round score). (or see 1.09C)

15.02F4. At USA-WS/AWSA sanctioned tournaments rounds are limited to three per sanction per day unless sanctioned for two or more days.