U.S. Athletes Advance To Masters Finals

Erika LangSeven U.S. water ski athletes advanced to finals in respective events on Saturday at the 56th Nautique Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. Sunday’s opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. (EDT), followed by event finals at 10:30 a.m. A live webcast can viewed at www.masterswaterski.com.

U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), the defending champion in women’s tricks, earned the top seed for the finals of women’s tricks with a score of 9,300 points in Saturday’s semifinals. U.S. athlete Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.) also advanced to the finals (No. 3 seed) of women’s tricks (8,400 points). In men’s tricks, U.S. athletes Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) advanced to the finals with scores of 11,320 points and 10,970 points, respectively. Pickos is the No. 2 seed for the finals and Gay will be the No. 4 seed. Belarus’ Aliaksei Zharnasek grabbed the No. 1 seed with a score of 12,020 points.

In women’s slalom, U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess advanced to the finals as the No. 2 seed, scoring 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off. Canada’s Whitney McClintock secured the No. 1 seed with a score of 4 bupys at 38 feet off. In men’s slalom, U.S. athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) earned the top seed with a score of 3 buoys at 41 feet off.

Jaquess also advanced to the finals of women’s jumping, earning the No. 4 seed with a distance of 168 feet. Australia’s Jacinta Carroll grabbed the top seed with a course-record distance of 184 feet.

In men’s jumping, U.S. athlete Freddy Krueger advanced to the finals, securing the No 2 seed with a distance of 218 feet. Canada’s Ryan Dodd secured the no. 1 seed with a 226-foot jump.

For more information and complete results from Saturday, visit www.masterswaterski.com.

Baldwin, Garcia Win Junior Masters’ Titles

Brooke BaldwinU.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) won respective titles at the 23rd Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament on Friday on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Baldwin won junior women’s slalom and overall. She won the slalom title after a run-off against Canada’s Geneva Roach. After both skiers tied in the finals with scores of 2 buoys at 38 feet off, Baldwin clinched the title in the subsequent run-off with a score of 6 buoys at 35 feet off to Roach’s 5-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off. Baldwin also won the overall title for the second consecutive year by tallying 2,790.0 points after recording high scores of 7,600 points in tricks, 3 buoys at 38 feet in slalom and 120 fTaylor Garciaeet in jumping.

Garcia won junior men’s jumping and overall. He won men’s jumping with a distance of 185 feet, and he won the overall title with 2,623.1 points after recording scores of 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off in slalom, 6,300 points in tricks and 185 feet in jumping.

In other events, Neilly Ross (Canada) won junior women’s tricks with a course record 9,060 points; Danylo  Fil’chenko won junior men’s tricks (10,120 points); Robert Pigozzi (Dominican Republic) won junior men’s slalom (4 buoys at 38 feet off); and Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (Belarus) won junior women’s jumping (141 feet).

For complete results, visit www.masterswaterski.com.

Competitors Announced For Junior U.S. Open

U.S. athlete K.C. Wilson will defend his 2014 junior men's slalom title at the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships.USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce the field of competitors for the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. Some of the world’s top junior water ski athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the two-round, world-record capability event, June 13-14, at Bullneck Lake near Little Rock, Ark. To view the field of competitors, click here (PDF).

It will be the second consecutive year that the Junior U.S. Open will be hosted by the Bullneck Lake Ski Club, which is located just outside of Little Rock in Scott, Ark. The event will feature junior men and junior women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under).

http://www.usawaterski.org/JuniorUSOpen/index_JuniorUSOpen.html/ “Bullneck Lake is proud to bring world-class water skiing back to central Arkansas, and we are excited to share Little Rock’s historic downtown river market with athletes and fans from around the world,” said Scott Greenwood, president of the Bullneck Lake Ski Club. “Bullneck Lake is already building on the energy and excitement from this past year as we continue to elevate the prestige of the Junior U.S. Open and highlight the talent of our amazing junior skiers.”

For more information on the Junior U.S. Open, click here.

Carroll Sets 2 More Pending World Records

Australia’s Jacinta Carroll, who set a pending women’s world jumping record of 193 feet (58.80 meters) on Saturday in the first round of the Sunset Cup/Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla., upped the mark in the second round on Sunday with distances of 193 feet (58.90 meters) and 194 feet (59.1 meters).

If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, Carroll’s distance will surpass the current record of 192 feet (58.6 meters) set by Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava in 2012. If also approved, Carroll will cash-in on a $10,000 bonus that was up for grabs for anyone setting a new world record in an event at the Sunset Cup/Masters LCQ.

Parrish Qualifies For Masters Via LCQ

Chris ParrishU.S. water ski athlete Chris Parrish (Orlando, Fla.) qualified for the 56th Nautique Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by GM Marine Technology, on Friday by winning the men’s slalom event and eclipsing the pre-determined benchmark score at the Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes and Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla.

Needing to score 3 buoys at 41 feet off and win the men’s slalom event to qualify, Parrish did the latter with a score of 4 buoys at 41 feet off. Parrish won men’s slalom titles at the 2002 and 2005 Masters. He will try to become only the second (U.S. athlete Jon Travers, 2011) slalom skier to qualify via the LCQ and go on to win the Masters.