Jaquess, Smith Win Masters' Titles
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 05/27/2012 16:10:25
- In: Water Skiing
U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events Sunday at the 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by Nautique, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Jaquess won her third career Masters' women's slalom title, scoring 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off. Smith won his first career Masters' men's slalom title, scoring 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.
In other events, Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava won her second career Masters' women's tricks title, scoring a Robin Lake course record 9,520 points, and her third career Masters' women's jumping title (173 feet); France's Alexandre Poteau won his first career Masters' men's tricks title, scoring 10,880 points; and Canada's Ryan Dodd won his first career Masters' men's jumping title (225 feet).
Adding to the prominence of the 53rd Masters was the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Water Ski designating the water ski competition as an Operation Gold event. Operation Gold is a USOC program that rewards athletes for earning medals at elite level events. Operation Gold allows U.S. water ski athletes to earn money by placing in the top-four in their division/event. "Only one tournament per year can be selected as an Operation Gold event, and it must be agreed upon by USA Water Ski and the USOC," said Bob Crowley, executive director of USA Water Ski. "This is the first time any event other than the Water Ski World Championships, Pan American Games or Pan American Water Ski Championships has been selected as an Operation Gold event. Being selected as the Operation Gold event in 2012 is a testament to the prestige of the Masters."
For complete results and more information, visit www.masterswaterski.com.