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Smith Wins Menís Slalom At 58th Masters

U.S. athlete Nate Smith won his fourth career Masters title.U.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the menís slalom title for the third consecutive year and fourth time in his career at the 58th Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 27-28, at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga. Smith, the lone U.S. athlete to win a title this year, needed a runoff against Great Britainís Will Asher to secure the title. After both skiers tied with 3 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals, Smith won the subsequent runoff with a score of 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Asherís 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

Canadaís Steven Neveu and U.S. athlete Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.) rounded out the top-four placements (2 buoys at 41 feet off). Neveu won their runoff with a score of 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Traversí 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

In womenís slalom, Canadaís Whitney McClintock won her second career Masters slalom title, scoring a course record of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Franceís Manon Costard finished second (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), followed by U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), the top seed in the finals and defending champion (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off), and U.S. athlete Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), who was competing in her first Masters (3 buoys at 38 feet off).

In menís tricks, Belarusí Aliaksei Zharnasek won his second consecutive and third career Masters title with a score of 12,020 points. U.S. athlete Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) finished second with 11,440 points and Franceís Pierre Ballon placed third with 10,750 points.

In womenís tricks, Canadaís Neilly Ross won her first career Masters title with a course record of 10,350 points. U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) finished runner-up with 10,130 points, and U.S. athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), the defending champion who set a course record of 10,220 points in Saturdayís elimination round, placed third with 9,980 points.

In menís jumping, Canadaís Ryan Dodd won his fourth career Masters title with a course record distance of 243 feet on first jump attempt. Germanyís Bojan Schipner and Great Britainís Damien Sharman rounded out the top-three placements with distances of 222 feet and 217 feet, respectively. U.S. athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), the defending champion, opted not to compete in the finals due to injuries suffered in Saturdayís elimination round. Krueger endured a hard crash on his first attempt in Saturdayís elimination round, but still managed to qualify as the No. 2 seed for the finals with a 222-foot jump on his third attempt.

In womenís jumping, Australiaís Jacinta Carroll won her fifth consecutive Masters title with a distance of 186 feet. Jaquess finished second with a distance of 178 feet and U.S. athlete Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) was third (165 feet).

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