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Five U.S. Teams Win Gold At Pan Ams

Regina Jaquess won gold medals in Women's slalom, jumping and overall.Five U.S water ski teams – Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2014 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, April 14-19, at Club Los Lagartos in Bogota, Colombia. The U.S. Under 13 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 64 individual medals, including 23 of a possible 48 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 45,534 points. Canada was runner-up with 31,720 points, and Colombia was third with 25,068 points.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,667.6 points. Chile earned the silver medal with 6,748.6 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 6,176.6 points in the nine-team field. Members of the U.S. Elite Team were: Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.).

Erika Lang won the gold medal in Women's tricks.Jaquess won gold medals in Women’s slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), jumping (146 feet/44.4 meters) and overall (2,914.2 points), and earned the silver medal in tricks (7,990 points); Lang won the gold medal in Women’s tricks (8,740 points) and bronze medals in slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off) and overall (2,187.7 points); Hensley earned silver medals in Women’s slalom (5 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (141 feet/43.0 meters) and overall (2,574.0 points); Pickos won the gold medal in Men’s tricks (9,990 points); Smith won the gold medal in Men’s slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off); and Worden earned the silver medal in Open Men jumping (201 feet/61.2 meters).

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,385.7 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,336.6 points and Mexico earned the bronze medal with 3,980.7 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. 17 to 20 Team were: Steven Brooks (Canyon Lake, Calif.), Sam Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.) and Ellie Horton (Moorpark, Calif.).

Haw won gold medals in Women’s slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off) and jumping (132 feet/40.1 meters), and earned the silver medal in overall (2,544.5 points); Horton won the gold medal in Women’s tricks (6,460 points) and overall (2,591.5 points), and earned bronze medals in slalom (0 buoys at 28 feet off) and jumping (115 feet/35.2 meters); Greenwood earned the silver medal in overall (2,166.2 points) and bronze medals in tricks (4,000 points) and jumping (161 feet/49.2 meters); and Brooks earned the bronze medal in Men’s overall (2021.1 points).

The U.S. Under 17 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,090.7 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,157.0 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 5,212.2 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Under 17 Team were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Brooke Baldwin won the gold medal in Girls' overall.Lang won gold medals in Boys’ tricks (7,030 points), jumping (171 feet) and overall (2,984.4 points), and the silver medal in slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off); Baldwin won the gold medal in Girls’ overall (2,632.3 points); Garcia earned silver medals in Boys’ jumping (162 feet) and overall (2,474.0 points); and Gay earned the silver medal in Girls’ tricks (6,900 points) and bronze medals in slalom (1 buoy at 35 feet off) and overall (2,457.5 points).

The U.S. Over 35 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,287.3 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 4,103.1 points and Argentina earned the bronze medal with 3,939.0 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Over 35 Team were: Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Chris Eller (Lillington, N.C.), Julie Krueger (Santa Fe, Texas) and Kelly Zoellner (Edinburg, Ill.).

Baldwin won the gold medal in Women’s jumping (122 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points), and earned silver medals in slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off) and tricks (3,450 points); Zoellner earned the silver medal in Women’s jumping (117 feet) and overall (2,430.0 points), and the bronze medal in tricks (2,610 points); and Eller earned silver medals in Men’s jumping (138 feet) and overall (2,356.7 points).

The U.S. Over 45 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,105.4 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 4,701.3 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 2,768.7 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Over 45 Team were: Connie Bergmark (San Diego, Calif.), Mary Koenig (Waterford, Mich.), Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) and Kirby Whetsel (Manchester, Tenn.).

Krueger swept gold medals in Women’s slalom (5 buoys at 32 feet off), tricks (2,800 points), jumping (106 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); Koenig earned silver medals in Women’s tricks 2,680 points), jumping (94 feet) and overall (2,534.8 points), and the bronze medal in slalom (1 buoy at 28 feet off); Bergmark earned the silver medal in Women’s slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 28 feet off) and bronze medals in tricks (2,290 points), jumping (91 feet) and overall (2,295.5 points); and Whetsel won the gold medal in Men’s jumping (141 feet) and earned the silver medal in overall (1,899.4 points).

The U.S. Under 13 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal, scoring 5,747.2 points. Argentina won the gold medal with 6,310.1 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 5,563.4 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Under 13 Team were: Kristen Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Craig Bryans (Acworth, Ga.), Bailey Grathwohl (McQueeney, Texas) and Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas).

Baldwin won gold medals in Girls’ jumping (96 feet) and overall (2,930.23 points), and earned silver medals in slalom (4 buoys at 32 feet off) and tricks (4,090 points); Grathwohl earned the silver medal in Girls’ jumping (70 feet) and the bronze medal in overall (1,662.74 points); and Bryans earned the bronze medal in Boys’ jumping (70 feet).

The team staff consisted of Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.), manager; Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), coach – Elite and Under 21 teams; Chris Travers (Groveland, Fla.), coach – Under 13, Under 17, Over 35 and Over 45 teams; and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas), physician.

For slalom, tricks and jumping results, click here. For compiled individual overall and team results, click here (PDF).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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