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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of Oct. 16:

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Field Of Teams Set For Collegiate Nationals

The National Collegiate Water Ski Association has announced the field of teams that have qualified to compete at the 39th Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 19-21, at Bennett’s Water Ski & Wakeboard School in Zachary, La. A live webcast will be available for viewing at www.ncwsa.com.

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Dees To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Frankie DeesThe USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Frankie Dees of Mulberry, Fla., will be the 2018 Water Ski Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes longevity in the sport. The award goes to those individuals who have been actively involved in one or more of the USA Water Ski sport disciplines for a minimum of 50 years. Whether they are competitors, coaches or behind the scenes tireless promoters and administrators, these individuals have spent at least a half a century in the sport.

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13 Athletes Win National Ski Racing Titles

Kane Kennedy of Skyforest, Calif., won titles in Men's Open, Men's Outboard and the 60 MPH Open divisions.Thirteen water ski racing athletes won titles at the 13th annual U.S. Open Water Ski Racing National Championships, Oct. 7-8, at Havasu Springs in Parker, Ariz. The National Water Ski Racing Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, hosted the two-day competition. More than 40 athletes competed in two rounds of circle-sprint races. The athletes drew for pole positions, made a deep-water start at the drop of a green flag and raced in lanes for a designated number of laps. Athletes competed for titles in 17 divisions. Overall placements were determined by total number of points. In the event of a tie, total race time broke the tie.

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Pending Women's World Tricks Records Set

U.S. athletes Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) set pending women’s world tricks records on Saturday at the Sunset Fall Classic at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.

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Online AWSA Judges & Scorers Clinics Set

The American Water Ski Association will hold respective online judges and scorers clinics on Oct. 14 and Nov. 18. Bob Harris will conduct both clinics via GoToMeeting.com. To register, call Bob at (270) 210-7552 or email rbtharris@yahoo.com.

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AWSA Seeks Officials For 2018 Events

In early November, the American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate officials for respective 2018 international events. At the same time, the IAC is including the Junior U.S. Open. The Junior U.S. Open officials will NOT be chosen by the IAC. However, the names of those interested will be sent to AWSA President Jeff Surdej or his representative. The Junior U.S. Open can now serve the purpose, along with the Can Am Challenge, of providing officials the chance to gain experience for working international events. The IAC follows a progressive selection process for choosing officials. An official needs to participate in at least one event in each category before putting in for events in the next category. To view and download the letter of interest form, which includes the applicable international tournaments, click here (PDF; revised 10/5/17 with Junior U.S. Open dates).

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Jaquess, Pickos Earn September Honors

USA Water Ski has selected Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for September. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Jaquess, Pickos and the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of September Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Jaquess, Krueger Win Malibu Open Titles

U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess won her sixth consecutive Malibu Open slalom title. Photography by Scott N. AtkinsonU.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 2017 Malibu Open Water Ski Championships, Sept. 29-30, at Trophy Lakes Sports in Johns Island, S.C. Events included professional slalom, jumping and overall. The finals in professional men's and women's slalom featured head-to-head pairings. A separate professional men's cash-prize night jump also took place on Saturday evening.

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Level 8 Cutoff Averages Chart Released

The American Water Ski Association has released the Level 8 ratings for ski year 2018. Since the National Qualifying Cutoff date was moved to August 17, 2017, there is now an established Level 8 cutoff average that skiers can use to qualify for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, which will be held Aug. 7-11, 2018 at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan.

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Foundation Announces 2018 AOD Recipients

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. Brandi Hunt-Martin, Tom King, Jon Kretchman, Ham Wallace and Tom Weber will join the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. These outstanding individuals will be honored for their exceptional contributions to the sport on April 28 at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Walt Disney’s grand Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort. The Selection Committee announced in August that Rhoni Barton-Bischoff would be the 2018 Hall of Fame inductee.

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Australia's Vieke Wins Queens Cup

Australia's Vennesa Vieke won the second annual SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup slalom tournament for women on Sunday at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C. The tournament, supported by Race City Marine and Nautique, offered $10,000 in cash and prizes and featured women who ski in the 30, 32 and 34 mph age groups.

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