Torneo Jr US Open 2016

Five U.S. Water Ski Athletes Win Titles
At 16th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships
U.S. athletes Brooke Baldwin and Cole McCormick win coveted overall titles
POLK CITY, Fla., July 3, 2016 – Five U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 16th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, July 2-3, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y. The two-round, world-record capability event featured Junior Men and Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world’s top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall

Five U.S. Water Ski Athletes Win Titles
At 16th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships
U.S. athletes Brooke Baldwin and Cole McCormick win coveted overall titles

13589289_1032297536884514_1694273989_oPOLK CITY, Fla., July 3, 2016 – Five U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 16th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, July 2-3, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y. The two-round, world-record capability event featured Junior Men and Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world’s top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall

U.S. athletes winning titles were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Girls’ jumping and overall; Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.), Boys’ slalom; Cole McCormick (Dundee, Fla.), Junior Men’s jumping and overall; Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.), Junior Women’s slalom; and K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.), Junior Men’s slalom.

IMG_3304Baldwin won Girls’ jumping with a personal best distance of 131 feet. Chile’s Valentina Gonzalez (127 feet/38.7 meters) and Canada’s Dominique Grondin-Allard (127 feet/38.6 meters) placed second and third, respectively. Baldwin also won the overall title after recording scores of 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off in slalom (both rounds), 7,260 points in tricks (preliminary round) and 131 feet in jumping (finals).

McCormick won Junior Men’s jumping with a distance of 162 feet. Mexico’s Emilio De Uriarte placed second (123 feet) and Chance Lowe (Lake Alfred, Fla.) finished third (121 feet). McCormick also won the overall title after recording scores of 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in slalom (finals), 5,080 points in tricks (preliminary round) and 162 feet in jumping (finals).

IMG_3301Hunter won Boys’ slalom with a score of 5 buoys at 38 feet off. Mexico’s Diego Font placed second (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.) finished third (1/2 buoy at 38 feet off).

Nicholson won Junior Women’s slalom with a Junior U.S. Open record of ½ buoy at 39-1/2 feet off. Caroline Cooper (Moneta, Va.) placed second (4 buoys at 38 feet off) and Namibia’s Natascha Rottcher finished third (3 buoys at 35 feet off).

13616362_1032293293551605_222798579_oWilson won Junior Men’s slalom with a score of 2 buoys at 41 feet off (tying the Junior U.S. Open record he set in 2015), edging McCormick, who scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. Wyatt Haines (Avon, Conn.) placed third (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

In Girls’ slalom, Canada’s Paige Rini won the title with a score of 4 buoys at 38 feet off. Ashley Montgomery (Lake Worth, Fla.) placed second with a score of 2 buoys at 38 feet off and Baldwin finished third with a score of 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off.

IMG_3308In Boys’ tricks, Mexico’s Patricio Font won the title with 9,760 points. Great Britain’s Joel Poland placed second (7,830 points) and Mexico’s Diego Font finished third (6,440 points). 

Patricio Font established a new Junior U.S. Open record of 10,110 points in the preliminary round, shattering the old mark of 9,290 points.

In Girls’ tricks, Canada’s Neilly Ross won the title with a Junior U.S. Open record for Girls with 10,050 points.

Anna 13579870_1032291670218434_155583304_oGay (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed second (9,770 points) and Baldwin finished third (6,860 points). Ross also broke the previous Junior U.S. Open record (9,050 points) with a score of 9,920 points in the preliminary round.

In Junior Men’s tricks, De Uriarte won the title with 5,800 points. McCormick placed second (4,890 points), followed by Peru’s Rafael De Osma (4,860 points).

IMG_3307   In Boys’ jumping, Poland won the title with a distance of 176 feet. Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.) placed second (172 feet) and Dylan Melnar (Seguin, Texas) was third (150 feet).

Poland also won Boys’ overall after recording scores of ½ buoy at 38 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 9,520 points in tricks (preliminary round) and 176 feet in jumping (finals).

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