U.S. Athletes Win Malibu Open Titles
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 06/22/2013 22:30:39
- In: Water Skiing
U.S. water ski athletes Freddy Krueger, Regina Jaquess and Nate Smith won titles in respective events on Saturday at the 2013 Malibu Open at Veterans Park Lagoon in Milwaukee, Wis. More than $64,000 in cash prizes was at stake in the world-record capability slalom and jumping event.
Smith won his second consecutive Malibu Open men's slalom title, scoring a pending world record tie of 2 buoys at 43 feet off in his head-to-head finale against Great Britain's Will Asher, who scored 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. It was the second time this month (June 2) that Smith has tied the world record, which he now shares with fellow U.S. athlete Chris Parrish.
Krueger won his second consecutive Malibu Open title, soaring 222 feet on his final jump attempt after recording distances of 201 feet and 203 feet on his first two attempts, respectively. Great Britain's Tom Asher finished runner-up with a distance of 215 feet.
Jaquess won her second consecutive Malibu Open title, scoring 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in her head-to-head finale against Canada's Whitney McClintock, who scored 3-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.
In other events, Australia's Jacinta Carroll won women's jumping with a distance of 181 feet.
In the Junior Malibu Open, U.S. athletes Daniel Di Pol, Taylor Garcia, Dane Mechler, Kara MacIntyre and Allie Nicholson each won titles.
Di Pol won Under 17 Boys slalom, scoring 2 buoys at 38 feet off; Garcia won Under 17 Boys jumping, soaring 172 feet; Mechler won Under 21 Boys slalom, scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; MacIntyre won Under 21 Girls slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 35 feet off; and Nicholson won Under 17 Girls slalom, scoring 2 buoys at 35 feet off.
In the other Junior Malibu Open events, France's Illana Bischofberger won Under 17 Girls jumping (108 feet); Canada's Taryn Grant won Under 21 Girls' jumping (153 feet); and New Zealand's Alex King won Under 21 Boys jumping (193 feet).
To view the complete scorebook, click here. For more information, visit www.malibuopenfestival.com.