The National Water Ski Racing Association has announced the selections to the 2007 U.S. Elite Water Ski Racing Team, the U.S. Formula 2 Water Ski Racing Team and the U.S. Junior Water Ski Racing Team. Athletes selected to the teams will compete in the 2007 Water Ski Racing World Championships, May 10-20, in Rotorua, New Zealand. The teams were selected based upon performances during the 2006 marathon racing season, which consisted of 12 races. A five-person committee appointed by the NWSRA board of directors made the selections.
“I would like to congratulate all members of the 2007 U.S. Elite Water Ski Racing Team, the U.S. Formula 2 Water Ski Racing Team and the U.S. Junior Water Ski Racing Team for their tremendous performances over the past year,” said USA Water Ski Executive Director Andy Jugan. “This talented group of athletes has shown great skill on the water and should have a strong showing at the 2007 Water Ski Racing World Championships.”
Athletes selected to the 2007 U.S. Elite Water Ski Racing Team were: Marshall Cole (Calabasas, Calif.), Kyle Cummings (Beaumont, Calif.), Todd Haig (Redlands, Calif.), Lacey Nordblad (Claremont, Calif.) and Katelin Wendt (Huntington Beach, Calif.). Andy Anderson (Riverside, Calif.) was selected the alternate.
The U.S. Elite Water Ski Racing Team won its fourth consecutive world team title at the 2005 Water Ski Racing World Championships in Hunstanton, England. The victory marked the United States' ninth world team title in the biennial event's 14 occurrences. Haig is the defending Men's world champion.
Athletes selected to the 2007 U.S. Formula 2 Water Ski Racing Team were: Glen Anderson (Studio City, Calif.), Brad Raine (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Janine Doherty (Oakley, Calif.) and Lori Dunsmore (Boulder City, Nev.). Doherty and Dunsmore earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, at the 2005 Worlds. The Formula 2 athletes compete for individual titles only.
Athletes selected to the 2007 U.S. Junior Water Ski Racing Team were: Brady Hoggins (Rialta, Calif.), Cameron King (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Mallory Nordblad (Claremont, Calif.) and Jill Schadrack (Laguna Niguel, Calif.). Nordblad is the defending Junior Girls' world champion and will be attempting to become the first female to win two Junior Girls' world titles. The Junior athletes compete for individual titles only.
A maximum of 14 water ski racing athletes from nearly a dozen countries will compete in six divisions – Men's Open, Women's Open, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Men's Formula 2 and Women's Formula 2 – for world titles at the event, which will consist of four races. Men's Open and Men's Formula 2 competitors race for 1 hour, plus 1 lap; Women's Open and Women's Formula 2 competitors race for 45 minutes, plus 1 lap; and Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' competitors race for 30 minutes, plus 1 lap.