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2018 Pan Am Championships Underway

Regina Jaquess is one of six athletes on the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team.Seven U.S water ski teams – Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Under 14, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55– will compete Monday through Sunday in the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. Individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall, as well as respective team titles will be at stake in the biennial event. The Under 14, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55 events will take place Monday through Wednesday, while the Under 17, Under 21 and Elite events will be held Thursday through Sunday. For live scoring throughout the tournament, click here. To view the live webcast, click here.

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Four U.S. Riders Win Pan American Titles

U.S. wakeboard athletes Mary Morgan Howell (Dothan, Ala.), Adam Fields (Littleton, N.C.), Chad Lowe (Sebastapol, Calif.) and Kitt Smith (Bronson, Mo.) each won gold medals in respective divisions at the 2018 Pan American Wakeboard Championships, Nov. 2-3, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Jaquess, Krueger Win King of Darkness Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won Open Women and Open Men jumping titles, respectively, on Saturday at the 3rd annual King of Darkness, sponsored by MasterCraft, at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. Some of the world’s top water ski athletes will competed under the lights for cash prizes. Under 23 men’s and women’s jumping events also took place, in addition to exhibitions in slalom and tricks, and adaptive water skiing.

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Pan Am Games Selection Criteria Announced

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the athlete selection criteria for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team. The six-member team will consist of four water ski athletes, one male wakeboard athlete and one female wakeboard athlete. The water ski and wakeboard events for the XVIII Pan American Games will take place July 27-30 in Lima, Peru.

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Poggetto’s World Adaptive Record Approved

Connor Poggetto. Photography by JD Diamond Photography.The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Disabled Council has approved the MP5 men’s world tricks record of 1,490 points set by U.S. athlete Connor Poggetto (Sacramento, Calif.) at the 25th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Adaptive Water Ski National Championships/U.S. Team Selection Trials, Sept. 5-8, in Paducah, Ky. The tournament featured the United States’ top adaptive water ski athletes competing for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall while trying to qualify for the 2019 USA Adaptive Water Ski Team at the same time.

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AWSA To Hold Online Judges/Scorers Clinic

The American Water Ski Association will be offering an online judges and scorers clinic on Saturday, Dec. 8. The clinic will be conducted via GoToMeeting.com. For more information and to register, contact Robert Harris at rbtharris@yahoo.com.

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IWWF Approves Lang’s World Tricks Record

Erika Lang. Photography by Spencer SchulzThe International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council announced today that it has ratified U.S. athlete Erika Lang's pending world tricks record of 10,850 points. Lang, of Gilbert, Ariz., set the record on Oct. 6 at the Sunset Lakes Fall Classic at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.

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ULM Wins Connelly Collegiate Nationals

The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 40th Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 11-13, at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. The Warhawks tallied 12,175 points in winning their third consecutive and 29th overall national team title since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Louisiana-Lafayette finished second with 12,115 points. Alabama, which tallied 11,830 points, placed third. Florida Southern College finished fourth with 11,515 points and Rollins College was fifth with 7,540 points.

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