Marysville jet skiers bring home the gold

Nathan Clements, 11, of Marysville, takes the last buoy on Lake Chelan en route to a 2011 season watercross championship title. - Courtesy Photo
Nathan Clements, 11, of Marysville, takes the last buoy on Lake Chelan en route to a 2011 season watercross championship title.
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LAKE CHELAN — An 11-year-old Marysville boy and his mother brought home the gold on Sept. 24 and 25 from 2011’s final Pacific Northwest Watercross race.

Nathan Clements took first place in the Junior Ski class for both the weekend Lake Chelan Jet Fest event and the 2011 season tour.

Calling racing “awesome,” Clements won the Junior Ski Lites event with 120 points, enough to tie Olivia Harnack of Riverside, Wash., for the season points lead, and won the title in the tie-breaker as the highest scorer in the most recent event. Harnack, who spends part of the year in Michigan, had returned to school there and was unable to compete.

“Nathan’s always been competitive very athletic from seeing his mom do it. He’s fearless — he was on one of the fastest skis in the race and he didn’t fall off. Racing with the big boys excited him,” said Nathan’s mother, Angela Clements, who dominated in the Women’s Novice runabout class for the weekend but came up short in the season points chase. “I’m excited to think I contributed to the future of the sport.”

Angela Clements out-ran Jen Effrig of East Wenatchee, Wash., winning all four events. The two collided in the second on Saturday afternoon, leaving Effrig with a bruised and swollen leg.

Effrig returned to the start line Sunday, but Angela Clements hit the water at full-throttle and cruised to an easy first-place finish. Though impressive, Angela Clements’ victories were not enough to take the points series title for the 2011 season. Effrig finished the Women’s Novice Runabout with 332 points to Angela Clements’ 240.

“The course was very tight, so it was more difficult than other ones I’ve raced in before,” Angela said. “But it feels like family going out there with the more people I meet.”


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