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Athletes, Team 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 November. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Smith, Jaquess and the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month and Team of the Month honors.

Nate SmithSmith won the gold medal in men's slalom at the 33rd Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 26-Dec. 1, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. Smith, the top seed for the finals after scoring 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the elimination round, won the gold medal with a score of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals. It is Smith’s first career world slalom title, and he became the first U.S. athlete since Jeff Rodgers in 2003 to win the men's world slalom title. Smith's score of 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the elimination round is a world championship record for men’s slalom.

Regina JaquessJaquess won gold medals in women's slalom and overall at the 33rd Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 26-Dec. 1, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. In women's slalom, Jaquess, the top seed for the finals after scoring 1 buoy at 41 feet off in the elimination round, won the gold medal with a score of 1 buoy at 41 feet off in the finals. It is her second career (2005) world slalom title. Her score of 1 buoy at 41 feet off is a world championship record for women’s slalom. In women's overall, Jaquess won the gold medal for the third time (2003 and 2005) in her career, tallying 2,765.54 points after recording top scores of 1 buoy at 41 feet off in slalom, 8,490 points in tricks, and 171 feet (52.0 meters) in jumping. Jaquess also placed fourth in jumping and fifth in tricks in leading the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team to the world team gold medal.

U.S. Elite Water Ski TeamThe U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and three team members combined to win four individual gold medals in respective events at the 33rd Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 26-Dec. 1, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States tallied 8,248.66 points in winning the gold medal for the 26th time in the history of the biennial event. Canada scored 7,762.91 points to earn the silver medal and France earned the bronze medal with 7,759.43 points. Athletes from 32 countries participated in the tournament. It is the first time since the 2007 Worlds that the United States has won the world team gold medal. Members of the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team were: Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.). Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.), Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.) and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas) served as team manager, coach and physician, respectively. Lang (women's tricks), Jaquess (women's slalom and overall) and Smith (men's slalom) each won gold medals, and each set world championship records as well – Lang, 9,780 points in the elimination round; Jaquess, 1 buoy at 41 feet off in the elimination round and finals; and Smith, 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the elimination round. It also is the first time since the 1987 Worlds (Bob LaPoint and Kim Laskoff) that U.S. athletes swept the men's and women's world slalom titles. In women's slalom, Jaquess, the top seed for the finals after scoring 1 buoy at 41 feet off in the elimination round, won the gold medal with a score of 1 buoy at 41 feet off in the finals. It is her second career (2005) world slalom title. In women's tricks, Lang, the top seed for the finals after scoring 9,780 points in the elimination round, won the gold medal, scoring 9,570 points. It is her first career world tricks title. In women's overall, Jaquess won the gold medal for the third time (2003 and 2005) in her career, tallying 2,765.54 points after recording top scores of 1 buoy at 41 feet off in slalom, 8,490 points in tricks, and 171 feet (52.0 meters) in jumping. In men's slalom, Smith, the top seed for the finals after scoring 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the elimination round, won the gold medal with a score of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals. It is Smith's first career world slalom title, and he became the first U.S. athlete since Jeff Rodgers in 2003 to win the men's world slalom title. Ellis, Lauretano and Pickos also advanced to finals in respective events. Ellis placed 11th in men's jumping, Lauretano placed fourth in women's overall, fifth in jumping and seventh in tricks, and Pickos placed seventh in men's tricks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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