U.S. Team Wins Gold At U21 Worlds

Sept. 04, 2011, 12:27 p.m. (ET)
The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the gold medal and five U.S. athletes combined to earn six individual medals at the 5th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 1-4, in Meuzac, France.

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team tallied 7,352.76 points in winning the Under 21 world team title for the fourth time (2003, 2005, 2009 and 2011). France, the 2007 champion, earned the silver medal with 7,248.91 points, and Australia earned the bronze medal, tallying 7,209.65 points. Athletes from 29 countries competed in the biennial event.

Members of the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team were: Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.), Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.). Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.) was the coach and Jim Grew (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas) served as captain and physician, respectively. Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) competed as independent athletes.

Hensley won one gold medal and one bronze medal; Smith won one gold medal; Morgan earned one silver medal; and Lang and Pickos each earned one bronze medal.

Hensley won the gold medal in women's overall, tallying 2,580.52 points. Australia's Jacinta Carroll earned the silver medal with 2,439.96 points and France's Iris Cambray earned the bronze medal with 2,376.36 points. Morgan (2,356.65 points) and Haw (1,914.34 points) placed fourth and 12th, respectively. Hensley also earned the bronze medal in women's slalom, scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off. Peru's Delfina Cuglievan won the gold medal with 3 buoys at 38 feet off and France's Manon Costard earned the silver medal with 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off. Morgan (1 buoy at 38 feet off) and Haw (1 buoy at 38 feet off) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

Smith won the gold medal in men's slalom, scoring 1 buoy at 41 feet off. Switzerland's Benjamin Stadlbaur earned the silver medal with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and France's Sacha Descuns earned the bronze medal with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

Morgan earned the silver medal in women's jumping with a distance of 164 feet (50.1 meters). Carroll won the gold medal with a distance of 179 feet (54.6 meters). Sweden's Lisa Francke earned the bronze medal with a distance of 163 feet (49.6 meters). Hensley placed fourth with a distance of 150 feet (45.6 meters) and Haw was sixth with a distance of 145 feet (44.2 meters).

Pickos earned the bronze medal in men's tricks, scoring 9,330 points. France's Alexandre Poteau won the gold medal with 11,420 points and the Czech Republic's Martin Kolman earned the silver medal with 10,310 points.

Lang earned the bronze medal in women's tricks, scoring 8,100 points. Cambray won the gold medal with 9,340 points and France's Marion Aynaud earned the silver medal with 8,190 points. Hensley (6,360 points) and Morgan (4,310 points) placed fifth and 11th, respectively.

Australia's Timothy Bradstreet won the gold medal in men's jumping with a distance of 216 feet (67.3 meters). Norway's Tobias Hvaara earned the silver medal with a distance of 208 feet (63.4 meters) and Sweden's Daniel Efverstrom earned the bronze medal with a distance of 208 feet (63.4 meters).

Bradstreet also won the gold medal in men's overall, tallying 2,686.92 points. Kolman earned the silver medal with 2,681.97 points and Spain's Lluis Verges Noguera earned the bronze medal with 2,330.59 points.

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