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Jaquess, Pickos Earn September Honors

USA Water Ski has selected Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for September. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Jaquess, Pickos and the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of September Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

Regina JaquessJaquess led the way for the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team as it won the team overall gold medal at the 35th Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 5-10, at Choisy-le-Roi near Paris, France. Jaquess successfully defended her slalom and overall titles from the 2015 world championships, earned the silver medal in women’s jumping, and advanced to the finals in all three events (placing 10th in tricks). Jaquess won her fifth career world overall gold medal after tallying 2,549.88 points after recording scores of 1 buoy at 41 feet off in slalom (preliminary round), 6,970 points in tricks (preliminary round) and 169 feet in jumping (preliminary round). Jaquess won her fourth career world slalom gold medal after winning a thrilling double runoff over Canada’s Whitney McClintock. Both skiers tied with scores of 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals, and then again with scores of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the subsequent runoff. In the second runoff, Jaquess clinched the gold with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to McClintock’s 4 buoys at 38 feet off. Jaquess earned the silver medal in jumping with a distance of 167 feet.

Jaquess also won titles in women’s slalom and overall, and finished second in jumping at the 2017 Malibu Open Water Ski Championships, Sept. 29-30, at Trophy Lakes Sports in Johns Island, S.C. It was Jaquess’ sixth consecutive Malibu Open slalom title. She won the women's overall competition, tallying 2,839.29 points after scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in slalom, 7,990 points in tricks and a personal best distance of 181 feet in jumping.

Adam PickosPickos won his second consecutive and second career world tricks gold medal, tallying 11,570 points at the 35th Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 5-10, at Choisy-le-Roi near Paris, France.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and four U.S. team members combined to win six individual medals in respective events at the 35th Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 5-10, at Choisy-le-Roi near Paris, France. The United States tallied 7,959.48 points in winning the gold medal for the 27th time in the history of the biennial event. France scored 7,610.76 points to earn the silver and defending champion Canada earned the bronze with 7,522.29 points. Athletes from 31 countries participated in the tournament. Members of the 2017 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.). Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.) was the coach, Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) served as team captain, and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas) was the team physician.

Jaquess led the way for the U.S. Team as she successfully defended her slalom and overall titles from the 2015 world championships, earned the silver medal in women’s jumping, and advanced to the finals in all three events (placing 10th in tricks); Pickos won the gold medal in men’s tricks; and Krueger and Garcia earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in men’s jumping.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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