USA Water Ski announced today the selection of the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team. The six-member team, selected by the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee, will compete in the 33rd Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, at Laguna Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile.
Athletes selected to the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team were: Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.).
Selected to the pool of alternates were (alphabetical order): Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.), Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.).
The team members and alternates were selected based on performances at the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, Oct. 5-6, at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.
In the Men’s Open Slalom event Nate Smith won with a score of 5 at 41 off, followed by Italian skier Thomas Degasperi with a score of 3 at 41 off, and Will Asher and Jonathan Travers who both tied with 2 at 41 off.
Alex Laurentano finished 2nd in Women’s Open Jump with a PB, and a new pending U.S. Women’s jump record of 185 feet (56.5m) behind Belarusian skier Natallia Berdnikava who seems to be back, soaring 188 feet (57.3m) just 4 feet short of her own world record! Lori Krueger, world record holder Freddy Krueger’s sister, also has a pending U.S. women’s jump record in the W4 division who flew 131 feet (39.8m).
As for the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team that will be going to the World Championships held this year in San Bernardo, Chile Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.) will be the coach of the U.S. Team, Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) will be the manager and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas) will serve as the team physician.
The United States, which has won 25 world team gold medals, earned the bronze medal at the 2011 Water Ski World Championships. Belarus earned the gold and France earned the silver at the 2011 Worlds.
To view the scorebook from the Team Trials, click here.