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U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships

Four U.S water ski teams – Under 13, Under 21, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, Nov. 14-20, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Elite Team earned the silver medal and the Under 17 Team earned the bronze medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 55 individual medals, including 19 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 43,723 points. Canada was runner-up with 39,390 points, and Mexico was third with 25,535 points.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal, scoring 8,179.5 points. Canada won the gold medal (8,195.7 points) and Chile earned the bronze medal (7,156.4 points) in the seven-team field. Members of the Elite Water Ski Team were: Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Brittany Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.).

Ellis earned the bronze medal in men’s jumping (203 feet); Gay won the gold medal in women’s tricks (10,440 points) and earned the bronze in overall (2,284.87 points); Jaquess won the gold medal in women’s jumping (161 feet) and earned silver medals in slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and overall (2,468.39 points); and Smith won the gold medal in men’s slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off).

The U.S. Under 13 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,200.4 points. Colombia earned the silver medal (6,853.5 points) and Chile earned the bronze medal (4,376.1 points) in the five-team field. The Under 13 Water Ski Team consisted of Brooke Boskus (Elkins, Ark.), James Bryans (Acworth, Ga.), Blaze Grubbs (Rio Linda, Calif.) and Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.).

Boskus earned the silver medal in girls’ jumping (98 feet) and bronze medals in slalom (1 buoy at 28 feet off) and overall (2,159.1 points); Bryans earned silver medals in boys’ slalom (3 buys at 35 feet off), jumping (112 feet) and overall (2,114.3 points); Grubbs earned bronze medals in boys’ slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off), jumping (112 feet) and overall (1,861.7 points); and Hansen won gold medals in girls’ tricks (5,440 points), jumping (103 feet) and overall (2,894.2 points), and earned the silver in slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off).

The U.S. Under 17 Water Ski Team earned the overall team bronze medal, scoring 6,399.1 points. Canada won the gold medal (7,942.9 points) and Argentina earned the silver medal (6,457.0 points) in the seven-team field. The Under 17 Water Ski Team consisted of Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Dylan Melnar (Seguin, Texas) and Emma Morgan (Buda, Texas).

Canepa earned bronze medals in boys’ tricks (6,290 points) and overall (2,393.4 points); Gay won the gold medal in girls’ overall (2,498.3 points); Melnar earned the bronze medal in boys’ jumping (149 feet); and Morgan earned the bronze medal in girls’ jumping (125 feet).

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,580.1 points. Canada earned the silver medal (7,257.2 points) and Mexico earned the bronze medal (4,590.6 points) in the seven-team field. The Under 21 Water Ski Team consisted of Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Ellie Horton (Lakeland, Fla.), Zachary Butterfield (Sherman, Texas) and Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Fla.).

Grathwohl won gold medals in women’s slalom (1/2 buoy at 38 feet off), jumping (132 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points), and earned the silver in tricks (5,460 points); Horton earned the silver medal in women’s jumping (130 feet) and the bronze in overall (2,410.06 points); and Morgan earned silver medals in women’s slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off) and overall (2,419.65 points), and the bronze in jumping (116 feet).

The U.S. Over 35 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 6,477.9 points. Canada earned the silver medal (5,822.7 points) and Mexico earned the bronze medal (4,390.1 points) in the four-team field. The Over 35 Water Ski Team consisted of Brian Ansel (Lake Delton, Wis.), Graham Fizer (Atlanta, Ga.), Jill Smith (New Carlisle, Ind.) and Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.).

Ansel earned the bronze medal in men’s jumping (153 feet); Fizer earned silver medals in men’s jumping (157 feet) and overall (2,201.9 points), and the bronze in tricks (2,480 points); Smith won the gold medal in women’s tricks (3,940 points); Surdej won gold medals in men’s jumping (157 feet) and overall (2,337.7 points), the silver in tricks (3,060 points) and the bronze (tie) in slalom (5 buoys at 38 feet off).

The U.S. Over 45 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,885.7 points. Canada earned the silver medal (6,041.3 points) and Mexico earned the bronze medal (4,031.8 points) in the four-team field. The Over 45 Water Ski Team consisted of Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), Mary Koenig (Waterford, Mich.) and Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas).

Gay won the gold medal in men’s tricks (9,740 points); Grau won the gold medal in men’s jumping (144 feet) and earned bronze medals in tricks (2,570 points) and overall (2,259.2 points); Koenig earned silver medals in women’s slalom (3 buoys at 28 feet off), tricks (2,770 points), jumping (90 feet) and overall (2,164.2 points); and Krueger won gold medals in women’s slalom (3 buoys at 35 feet off), tricks (3,320 points), jumping (105 feet) and overall (3,000.00 points).

The team staff consisted of Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.), manager; Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), coach; and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas), physician.

For complete team and individual overall results, click here (PDF). For all other results, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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