Top junior water ski athletes from across the nation have been selected to the American Water Ski Association’s National Junior Water Ski Team and the National Junior Development Water Ski Team for 2017. The 36 selections from the Boys/Girls 2 (13 and under) and Boys/Girls 3 (17 and under) divisions were based on performances during the 2016 tournament season.
A $10,000 scholarship is available this year to college women. Be sure to get your scholarship application in by the March 15 deadline. Each year, the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Scholarship is given to the highest-ranking applicant. Students that apply are ranked on their contributions – on and off the water – to the sport. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Barbara Bolding’s passing from cancer, so Jim Grew has decided to double the amount of the scholarship this year in her honor. The $10,000 scholarship is for one year only and is open to women only from the American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and Water Skiers with Disabilities Association sport discipline organizations.
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.
The Ski Nautique 200 was the official towboat of the Junior Water Ski World Championships. Nautique is a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski.
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.