Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 10/01/2013 10:47:09
- In: Water Skiing
USA Water Ski has selected Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for September. The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team was selected team of the month. Schaffer, Jaquess and the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month and Team of the Month honors.
As a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team at the 2013 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 12-15, in Winter Garden, Fla., Schaffer set new personal best scores (in a record-capability tournament) in all three events – slalom (4 buoys at 38 feet off), tricks (9,340 points) and jumping (167 feet). He placed fourth in tricks and sixth in the overall standings, and the team used all three of his scores in its winning tally of 7,602.14 points; he was the only U.S. team member to contribute points from all three events. At the 2013 Bayou Classic, Sept. 22-22, in Monroe, La., Schaffer, a member of the Louisiana-Lafayette water ski team, won the men's tricks title, scoring 6,750 points.
Jaquess tied her own world slalom record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off on Sept. 15 on her way to winning the women’s slalom title at the 2013 Diablo Shores Pro-Am at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. Jaquess tied the world record in the semifinals and then went on to defeat Canada's Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head finale, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to McClintock's 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Jaquess also tied her own world slalom record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off in earning the top score at the 2013 Cottonwood Fall Record One on Sept. 28 in Bossier City, La. She also finished runner-up in the women’s jumping event at LA Night Jam V on Sept. 28 in Zachary, La., with a distance of 173 feet, one foot shy of the winning distance by Australia’s Jacinta Carroll.
Despite entering the tournament as the third seed behind Australia and Italy, the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team tallied 7,602.14 points in winning the Under 21 world team title for the fifth time at the 6th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 12-15, in Winter Garden, Fla. Australia earned the silver medal with 7,206.63 points, and Italy earned the bronze medal, tallying 7,040.86 points. Athletes from 26 countries competed in the biennial event. Members of the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team were: Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), and Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.). Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) was the team coach. Jim Grew (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Dr. Brent Fulton (Daytona Beach, Fla.) served as manager and physician, respectively. All four U.S. team members contributed team points in at least two events. Lang earned the silver medal in women's tricks and the bronze medal in women's overall, and Morgan earned the bronze medal in women’s jumping.