EDMONTON, Alberta - Florida Southern College waterski standout Valentina Gonzalez brought home a word championship last week when she finished first in the jump competition at the IWWF (International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation) World U21 Water Ski Championships. The four-day event, which was held at Shalom Park Water Ski Site in Edmonton from July 4-7, also included two current and one incoming Moccasin water skier and featured competitors from 21 different countries.
Gonzalez, who competed for her native Chile, easily captured the jump title on the women's side with a mark of 47.5 meters (156 feet), nearly a full meter and five feet farther than Canada's Dominique Allard Grondin. The Moccasins also captured third-place in the jump as Rea Joerger, competing for Switzerland, posted a mark of 46.0 meters (151 feet).
In addition to her world title in the jump competition, Gonzalez finished fifth in the trick category and 10th in the slalom to finish fourth in the overall women's standings. Joerger finished 24th in the slalom event and incoming freshman Josefa Gonzalez, also competing for Chile, finished 19th in the tricks and 31st in the slalom.
Florida Southern also had one competitor on the men's side in Jaime Calhoun, competing for Canada, who finished eighth in the slalom. Complete results from the 2019 IWWF World U21 Water Ski Championships can be found HERE.