Five U.S. Teams Win Gold At Pan Ams

Regina Jaquess won gold medals in Women's slalom, jumping and overall.Five U.S water ski teams – Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2014 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, April 14-19, at Club Los Lagartos in Bogota, Colombia. The U.S. Under 13 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 63 individual medals, including 23 of a possible 48 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 45,534 points. Canada was runner-up with 31,720 points, and Colombia was third with 25,068 points.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,667.6 points. Chile earned the silver medal with 6,748.6 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 6,176.6 points in the nine-team field. Members of the U.S. Elite Team were: Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.).

Erika Lang won the gold medal in Women's tricks.Jaquess won gold medals in Women’s slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), jumping (146 feet/44.4 meters) and overall (2,914.2 points), and earned the silver medal in tricks (7,990 points); Lang won the gold medal in Women’s tricks (8,740 points) and bronze medals in slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off) and overall (2,187.7 points); Hensley earned silver medals in Women’s slalom (5 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (141 feet/43.0 meters) and overall (2,574.0 points); Pickos won the gold medal in Men’s tricks (9,990 points); Smith won the gold medal in Men’s slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off); and Worden earned the silver medal in Open Men jumping (201 feet/61.2 meters).

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,385.7 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,336.6 points and Mexico earned the bronze medal with 3,980.7 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. 17 to 20 Team were: Steven Brooks (Canyon Lake, Calif.), Sam Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.) and Ellie Horton (Moorpark, Calif.).
Haw won gold medals in Women’s slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off) and jumping (132 feet/40.1 meters), and earned the silver medal in overall (2,544.5 points); Horton won the gold medal in Women’s tricks (6,460 points) and overall (2,591.5 points), and earned bronze medals in slalom (0 buoys at 28 feet off) and jumping (115 feet/35.2 meters); Greenwood earned the silver medal in overall (2,166.2 points) and bronze medals in tricks (4,000 points) and jumping (161 feet/49.2 meters); and Brooks earned the bronze medal in Men’s overall (2021.1 points).
The U.S. Under 17 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,090.7 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,157.0 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 5,212.2 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Under 17 Team were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.).
Brooke Baldwin won the gold medal in Girls' overall.Lang won gold medals in Boys’ tricks (7,030 points), jumping (171 feet) and overall (2,984.4 points), and the silver medal in slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off); Baldwin won the gold medal in Girls’ overall (2,632.3 points); Garcia earned the silver medal in Boys’ jumping (162 feet) and the bronze medal in overall (2,486.4 points); and Gay earned the silver medal in Girls’ tricks (6,900 points) and the bronze medal in slalom (1 buoy at 35 feet off).
The U.S. Over 35 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,287.3 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 4,103.1 points and Argentina earned the bronze medal with 3,939.0 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Over 35 Team were: Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Chris Eller (Lillington, N.C.), Julie Krueger (Santa Fe, Texas) and Kelly Zoellner (Edinburg, Ill.).
Baldwin won the gold medal in Women’s jumping (122 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points), and earned silver medals in slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off) and tricks (3,450 points); Zoellner earned the silver medal in Women’s jumping (117 feet) and overall (2,430.0 points), and the bronze medal in tricks (2,610 points); and Eller earned silver medals in Men’s jumping (138 feet) and overall (2,356.7 points).
The U.S. Over 45 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,105.4 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 4,701.3 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 2,768.7 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Over 45 Team were: Connie Bergmark (San Diego, Calif.), Mary Koenig (Waterford, Mich.), Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) and Kirby Whetsel (Manchester, Tenn.).
Krueger swept gold medals in Women’s slalom (5 buoys at 32 feet off), tricks (2,800 points), jumping (106 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); Koenig earned silver medals in Women’s tricks 2,680 points), jumping (94 feet) and overall (2,534.8 points), and the bronze medal in slalom (1 buoy at 28 feet off); Bergmark earned the silver medal in Women’s slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 28 feet off) and bronze medals in tricks (2,290 points), jumping (91 feet) and overall (2,295.5 points); and Whetsel won the gold medal in Men’s jumping (141 feet) and earned the silver medal in overall (1,899.4 points).
The U.S. Under 13 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal, scoring 5,747.2 points. Argentina won the gold medal with 6,310.1 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 5,563.4 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Under 13 Team were: Kristen Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Craig Bryans (Acworth, Ga.), Bailey Grathwohl (McQueeney, Texas) and Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas).
Baldwin won gold medals in Girls’ jumping (96 feet) and overall (2,930.23 points), and earned silver medals in slalom (4 buoys at 32 feet off) and tricks (4,090 points); Grathwohl earned the silver medal in Girls’ jumping (70 feet) and the bronze medal in overall (1,662.74 points); and Bryans earned the bronze medal in Boys’ jumping (70 feet).
The team staff consisted of Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.), manager; Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), coach – Elite and Under 21 teams; Chris Travers (Groveland, Fla.), coach – Under 13, Under 17, Over 35 and Over 45 teams; and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas), physician.
For slalom, tricks and jumping results, click here. For compiled individual overall and team results, click here (PDF).

Florida Tournament Season Under Way

The Florida ski season started off with a bang over the weekend in West Palm Beach with some great performances. Cooper Tate from Winter Garden set a potential Boys 1 National record with a performance of 5 buoys at 12m (35 off). The results for Saturday and Sunday are posted in the Results section.

Complete AWSA Tournament Forms Package Version 1.9.14 Is Now Available For Download

Version 1.9.14 of the AWSA Essential Tools package, a complete package of all of the administrative forms, Rulebooks (AWSA & IWWF), program manuals, officials applications, and officials’ event Judging and Scorers forms has been assembled into one comprehensive package that requires only a one click download for Judges, Scorers and tournament sponsors to use by Jeff Clark.

Included in the package are all of the Judging and Scoring forms for Slalom and Jumping events in both a manual (hand written) format and in a computer oriented “cut and paste” format so that you can prepare all of the forms for these events in a much easier fashion

The complete packet is located on the Florida Water Ski Federation Website http://floridawaterskifederation.org/links/ –  in the “Links” section.

Krueger, Lang Win Moomba Masters’ Titles

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Freddy Krueger won the men's jumping title for the second consecutive year.U.S. water ski athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) won titles in respective events at the 54th Moomba Masters, March 7-10, in Melbourne, Australia.

Krueger won the men’s jumping title for the second consecutive year, soaring 215 feet (65.5 meters) in the finals. Germany’s Bojan Schipner (214 feet/65.2 meters) finished second and U.S. athlete Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.) placed third (209 feet/63.6 meters). Krueger also won the Moomba Masters’ men’s night jumping competition for the second consecutive year with a distance of 205 feet.

Erika Lang won the women's tricks title for the second consecutive year.Lang won the women’s tricks title for the second consecutive year, scoring 8,670 points in the finals. Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava finished second with 8,520 points and Canada’s Whitney McClintock was third with 8,350 points.

In other events, McClintock won women’s slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 38 feet off. Australia’s Emma Sheers finished second (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and U.S. athlete April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) placed third (1 buoys at 38 feet off). Australia’s Jacinta Carroll won women’s jumping with a distance of 174 feet (52.9 meters). Berdnikava finished second (172 feet/52.3 meters) and France’s Marion Mathieu (165 feet/50.2 meters) placed third. U.S. athlete Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed fifth (159 feet/48.6 meters). Italy’s Thomas Degasperi won men’s slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. New Zealand’’s Aaron Larkin finished second (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and U.S. athlete Brian Detrick (Elk Grove, Calif.) placed third (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). U.S. athlete and defending champion Chris Parrish (Orlando, Fla.) placed eighth (0 buoys at 35 feet off). In men’s tricks, Australia’s Josh Briant won the title, scoring 10,600 points. U.S. athlete Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas) finished second with 10,010 points and France’s Pierre Ballon was third with 9,840 points.

Complete results can be found by visiting: http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/14AUS326/.

Three U.S. athletes also won respective titles at the 2014 Junior Moomba Masters, March 5-6, in Melbourne. Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) won girls’ tricks and overall, Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas) won girls’ slalom and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) won boys’ jumping. Results of the Junior Moomba Masters were based on a two-round scoring total and can be viewed by visiting http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/14AUS325/.
Austin won girls’ slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 32 feet off in the first round and 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off in the second round. Lang (4-1/2 at 32 feet off/1 at 35 feet off) finished runner-up and Australia’s Stephanie Griffiths (3 at 32 feet off/4-1/2 at 32 feet off) was third. U.S. athlete Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed fourth (3 at 32 off/4 at 28 off).
Lang won girls’ tricks for the fourth consecutive year at the Junior Moomba Masters, scoring 5,300 points in the first round and 8,220 points in the second round. Malaysia’s Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (5,600 points/5,920 points) finished second and Australia’s Katelyn Miller (4,000 points/4,520 points) was third. Austin and Morgan placed sixth and eighth, respectively.
Lang also won girls’ overall for the second consecutive year, tallying 2,931.03 points. Griffiths placed second with 2,183.04 points and Miller was third with 2,113.02 points. Morgan (2,091.77 points) placed fifth. In girls’ jumping, Griffiths won the title with distances of 116 feet and 119 feet. Lang placed second with distances of 114 feet and 110 feet. New Zealand’s Jasmine Hiini was third with distances of 108 feet and 107 feet. Morgan (102 feet/101 feet) placed sixth.
Garcia won boys’ jumping with distances of 176 feet and 179 feet. Australia’s Josh Briant finished runner-up with distances of 160 feet and 169 feet. U.S. athlete Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) placed third with distances of 169 feet and 157 feet.
In boys’ tricks, Briant (10,150 points/11,200 points) won the title, followed by Nick Lang with 6,680 points/7,160 points, and Australia’s Adam Potts (5,850 points/6,490 points). Garcia (4,860 points/4510 points) placed fifth. In boys’ slalom, Briant won the title with scores of 2 at 38 off and ½ at 38 off. Australia’s Craig Jeude placed second with scores of 3 at 35 off and 2 at 38 off, and Garcia was third with scores of 1 at 38 off and 3-1/2 at 35 off. Lang placed fifth with scores of 1 at 35 off and 3 at 35 off. Briant also won the boys’ overall title tallying 2,910.14 points. Lang placed second with 2,435.79 points and Garcia was third with 2,411.20 points.