Orlando native earns spot on U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team

POLK CITY, Fla. – U.S. wakeboard rider Daniel Powers (Orlando, Fla.) won the Open Men title at the 2015 Pan American Wakeboard Championships, Feb. 12-15, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Powers scored 84.61 points to win the gold medal over fellow U.S. rider Noah Flegel (Lighthouse Point, Fla.), who scored 84.11 points in earning the silver medal. Venezuela’s Juan Mendez earned the bronze medal in Open Men with 64.67 points.

With the victory, Powers earned a spot as the wakeboard athlete on the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team. The XVII Pan American Games will be held July 20-23 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The four water ski athletes that will fill out the U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team will be selected later this spring.

U.S. riders Jimmy McClure (Ruther Glen, Va.) and Zoe Luquette (Las Vegas, Nev.) also competed in the Pan American Wakeboard Championships. McClure placed second in Junior Men, scoring 54.67 points. Luquette placed sixth in Girls, scoring 16.55 points.

For complete results and more information, visit: http://www.panamwake.com.ar/en.html.

USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard 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.

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