The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team and four U.S. independent junior
water ski athletes will compete at the Junior Water Ski World
Championships, Jan. 8-12, in Santiago, Chile. Athletes and teams
from around the world will vie for titles in slalom, tricks,
jumping and overall at the biennial event.
“Based upon the success of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team
at the Pan American Water Ski Championships, I am confident in its
ability to succeed at the Junior Worlds,” said Steve
McDermeit, USA Water Ski’s executive director. “Each of
our junior athletes has excelled under the pressure of
international competition in the past, and I look forward to
equally impressive performances at the world level.”
The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team consists of Danyelle Bennett of
Zachary, La., Morgan Pavur of Santa Fe, Texas, Brody Reid of
Jerseyville, Ill., and Joy Todd of Pierson, Fla. The U.S. Junior
Water Ski Team will be accompanied by coach Rhoni Barton of
Orlando, Fla., team manager Mike Meek of Albany, Ohio, and team
physician Ken Wallace of Palm Harbor, Fla. The U.S. Junior Team was
chosen based on performances last July at the 2002 U.S. Water Ski
Individual competitors at the Junior Water Ski World
Championships include Cale Burdick of Danville, Ind., Ian Trapp of
Canyon Lake, Calif., Mandi Williams of Ozark, Mo., and Tomlin
Wilson of Minden, La.
The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team recently secured the team title
at the 2002 Pan American Water Ski Championships, held Nov. 27-Dec.
1 at the same site. Todd finished first in Junior Girls’
jumping (138 feet) and overall (2,906 points), and third in tricks
(5,120 points). Bennett finished first in Junior Girls’
tricks (6,180 points) and third overall (2,694 points), and Pavur
finished first in Junior Girls’ slalom (2 at 35 off). In the
Junior Boys’ division, Reid placed first in jumping (170
feet) and second in slalom (2-1/4 at 38 off).