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Smith, Jaquess Earn Best of May Honors

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 May. Smith and Jaquess are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of May Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

Nate Smith won his fourth career Masters title.Smith, 26, won the men’s 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. water ski athlete to win a title at this year’s Masters, needed a runoff against Great Britain’s 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 Asher’s 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Smith also won the men’s slalom title at the 3rd annual Swiss Pro Slalom on May 14 at the Swiss Ski School in Clermont, Fla. Smith set a pending world record of 3 buoys at 43 feet off in the finals to clinch the men’s title. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, Smith’s score would eclipse his own current world record of 2-1/2 buoys at 43 feet off set on Sept. 7, 2013, at the Ski Ranch Fall 1 in Covington, La.

Regina Jaquess finished second in women's jumping at the Masters with a distance of 178 feet.Jaquess, 32, earned a second-place finish in women’s jumping (178 feet) and third place in women’s slalom (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off) 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. Jaquess also won the women’s slalom title at the 3rd annual Swiss Pro Slalom on May 14 at the Swiss Ski School in Clermont, Fla. Jaquess, the only female to run the 39-1/2 off pass in the tournament – and she did it all three rounds – scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals to clinch the title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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