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Athletes Of The Month Selected

USA Water Ski has selected Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for June. The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team (Janesville, Wis.) was selected team of the month. Smith and Jaquess are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete of the Month honors.

Smith won his second consecutive Malibu Open men's slalom title, June 21-22, in Milwaukee, Wis., scoring a 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. Smith ran the complete (6 buoys) 41 off pass in three of the four rounds of the Malibu Open. It was the second time this month that Smith tied the world record, which he now shares with fellow U.S. athlete Chris Parrish. Smith also tied the record on June 2 at the 2013 Little Mountain Spring Pro Am 2 in Maiden, N.C.

Jaquess won her second consecutive Malibu Open title, June 21-22, in Milwaukee, Wis., 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. Jaquess also finished fourth in women’s jumping at the Malibu Open with a distance of 170 feet. Jaquess also tied her own women's world slalom record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off on June 9 in the second round of the Big Dawg Warmup Record 2 at Cedar Ridge Ski Lake in Canton, Miss. Jaquess, who scored 2-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the first round earlier in the day, also set the original record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off at Cedar Ridge Ski Lake (June 17, 2012, during the Cedar Ridge Early Record 2).

The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team won the 2013 Mercury Open Show Ski Tournament on June 23 at its home site on the Rock River in Janesville, Wis. Nine teams, including the top-five teams from last year's national championships, competed in the event at Traxler Park. The Rock Aqua Jays, 17-time national champions, including the 2012 national champions, tallied 1,931 points in winning the Mercury Open for the ninth consecutive time. The Rock Aqua Jays had the highest scores in dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew, and overall show, plus barefooting, jumping and pyramid acts.
















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