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Four U.S. Athletes Win Masters Titles

Nate Smith won his second consecutive Masters men's slalom title. Photo: Scott N. AtkinsonU.S. water ski athletes Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 57th Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 28-29, on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens.

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U.S. Athletes Advance To Masters Finals

Regina Jaquess earned the top seed in women's slalom with a score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Photo: Scott N. AtkinsonEight U.S. water ski athletes, including defending champions Regina Jaquess (women’s slalom) and Nate Smith (men’s slalom), advanced to the finals of the 57th Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, on Saturday at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga. In addition, Jaquess, Smith, Anna Gay (women’s tricks) and Freddy Krueger (men’s jumping) all earned top seeds for the finals, which begin at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) on Sunday. A live webcast can be viewed at www.masterswaterski.com.

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Baldwin, Canepa Win Junior Masters Titles

U.S. water ski athlete Brooke Baldwin won her third consecutive Junior Women's overall title at the 24th Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament.U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.) won respective titles at the 24th Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament on Friday at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga. Baldwin won Junior Women's slalom for the second consecutive year and Junior Women's overall for the third consecutive year. She also placed second in tricks and third in jumping. Canepa earned his first career Junior Masters title, winning Junior Men's slalom.

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Wild Card Q&Ps Posted For 35+ Worlds

As a special exemption to the rules, the 2016 35+ Water Ski World Championships will allow each national federation to enter five wild card competitors in addition to the Federation team and any qualified individual skiers as shown in the current rules. In addition to these five wild card entries, the International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council also is allowing each national Federation to enter five wild card entries for the 65+ division. USA Water Ski will enter up to five wild card entries total for the 35+, 45+, and 55+ age divisions and an additional five wild card entries for the 65+ age division. To view and download the wild card Q&Ps, click here (PDF).

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Officials Needed For GOODE Nationals

The American Water Ski Association is in need of volunteer judges and scorers to help out during the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 8-13, in Caldwell, Idaho. All Regular and Senior Judges and Scorers who are planning to attend the Nationals and would like to volunteer some time to work an event should contact Tim Vaio at tvaio@mindspring.com with your judges rating level; days you will be available to work; and what events you would be willing to work.

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Smith, Jaquess Win Swiss Pro Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the Swiss Pro Slalom at the Swiss Ski School in Groveland, Fla. Some of the world's top slalom water ski athletes competed in the event.

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Deadline Reminders For International Events

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee wants to remind all athletes of the upcoming deadlines for international tournaments taking place in 2016, including the Junior Worlds in January 2017. See the respective Qualifications and Procedures documents in the Athletes’ Resources section of the website (left side drop-down menu) for each tournament for more information.

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Revised Q&Ps For 35+ Worlds/Pan Am Team

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has posted revised Qualifications and Procedures for the 2016 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team and 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships Team. The revised qualifications includes a new date by which independents must provide notification of their intent to participate, and reflects an update in the jump score offsets for comparing scores. To view and download the Q&Ps for the 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team, click here (PDF). To view and download the Q&Ps for the Pan American Water Ski Championships Veteran Team, click here (PDF). To view and download Bulletin 1 from the IWWF for the 35+ Worlds, click here (PDF).

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2016 U.S. Open Set For Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Nautique, a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski, has announced that the 23rd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, presented by Roger Dean Chevrolet, will be held in conjunction with the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour Finals, presented by O’Brien, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Download The New AWSA Mobile App

Have you downloaded the new AWSA Mobile App? Now you can enjoy your water skiing experience online anytime from anywhere. You can search for events, get tournament details and enter where online registration is offered. The AWSA Rule Book, NOPS Calculator and other useful functions are at your fingertips. You can also find your rankings and qualifications for Nationals and Regionals, and you can set up your own virtual team with friends, family or club members. Your team will appear in the rankings. The Mobile App easily installs on the Home screen of your device.

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Junior U.S. Open Entry Information Posted

The Fact Sheet and Entry Form (PDF) for the 16th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships is now available for download. 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, July 2-3, at Pangaea Puddle near Canajoharie, N.Y. In addition, for the first time, a Last Chance Qualifier (E/L event) will be held June 25-26 at Pangaea Puddle. The Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) applies to all three events for those skiers who are looking to advance into the Junior U.S. Open. There are no minimum requirements. To download the Fact Sheet and Entry Form (includes the LCQ Fact Sheet), click here (PDF).

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Athletes Of The Month Selected

USA Water Ski has selected Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for March. Gay and Smith are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of March Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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IWWF Changes Jump Surface Tolerance

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has changed the jump surface deviation tolerance as follows.

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Anna Gay Wins Moomba Masters Tricks Title

Anna GayU.S. athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the women's tricks title on Monday at the 56th Moomba Masters, held March 11-14, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Gay scored 9,920 points to win her first career Moomba Masters women's tricks title. Fellow U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) placed second (9,320 points) and Neilly Ross (Canada) finished third (8,970 points). U.S. athlete Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.) placed fourth (8,370 points).

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