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POLK CITY, Fla. â€“ USA Water Ski announced today the selection of the 2009 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team following the conclusion of the 2009 U.S. Water Ski Team Trials, June 19-21, in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. The six-member team will compete in the 31st Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 4-9, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The United States has won four consecutive world team titles at the biennial world championships.
Athletes selected to the 2009 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team were (alphabetical order): Rhoni Barton-Bischoff (Orlando, Fla.), April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.), Regina Jaquess (Suwanee, Ga.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Alex Lauretano (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas). The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee selected the team based on performances at the team trials.
Selected to the pool of alternates were (alphabetical order): Danyelle Bennett (Zachary, La.), Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Mandy Nightingale (Sapulpa, Okla.), Cory Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Jonathan Travers (Groveland, Fla.) and Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.).
Mike Meek (Albany, Ohio) is the coach of the U.S. Elite Team and Frank Harrison (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) is the captain. Dr. Marc Aiken (Johnson City, Tenn.) will serve as the physician.
The American Water Ski Association is a sport discipline of USA Water Ski, which was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Water Ski Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.