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Krueger, Smith Win Titles At Nautique Masters

U.S. water ski athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 26-27, at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Krueger, the No. 2 seed for the finals of men’s jumping, soared 231 feet on his second of three jump attempts to win his 13th career Masters jumping title. Krueger, who recorded jumps of 172 feet (first attempt) and 223 feet (third attempt), held off a charge from defending champion Ryan Dodd of Canada. Dodd, the top seed for the finals, went 206 feet on his first attempt and 228 feet on his second. He generated a lot of speed into the ramp on his third attempt and was forced to pass, thus clinching the title for the 43-year-old Krueger, who won his first career Masters title in 1999. Great Britain’s Jack Critchley finished third with a distance of 211 feet, and U.S. athlete Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed fourth (205 feet).

Smith, the No. 2 seed for the finals of men’s slalom, scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to win his fourth consecutive and fifth career Masters slalom title. Great Britain’s Will Asher finished runner-up with a score of 1 buoy at 41 feet off, followed by the Dominican Republic’s Robert Pigozzi (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Great Britain’s Fred Winter (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off). Pigozzi, who made it into the tournament via the Masters Last Chance Qualifier a week earlier, earned the top seed for the finals with a score of 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the preliminary round. He was the first of eight hopefuls off the dock in the preliminary round gunning for the four spots in the finals.

Other champions from the 59th Masters were: Neilly Ross (Canada) – women’s tricks (9,550 points); Aliaksei Zharnasek (Belarus) – men’s tricks (11,870 points); Manon Costard (France) – women’s slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); and Jacinta Carroll (Australia) – women’s jumping (176 feet).

Costard won her first career Masters women’s slalom title after out-dueling U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.). After both skiers tied with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals, Costard won the subsequent runoff with a score of 3 buoys at 38 feet off to Jaquess’ 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off. Jaquess shattered the course record on Saturday in the preliminary round – easily surpassing the record of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off set by Canada’s Whitney McClintock in 2017 – with a score of 1 buoy at 41 feet off to earn the top seed for the finals.

Among other highlights from U.S. athletes, Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) placed second in women’s tricks (9,240 points); Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished fourth in women’s tricks (5,490 points); Franck Desboyaux (Windermere, Fla.) placed third in men’s tricks (9,600 points); Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) finished fourth in men’s tricks (8,720 points); Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) placed fourth in women’s slalom (0 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); and Lauren Morgan (Seattle, Wash.) finished fourth in women’s jumping (146 feet).

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected the 2018 Masters Water Ski Tournament as an Operation Gold event. Operation Gold is a USOC program that rewards U.S. athletes for earning medals at one elite level tournament annually. It allows U.S. athletes to earn money by placing in the top-four in their respective event. This marks the fourth time in the past eight years that the Masters was selected an Operation Gold event by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and the USOC. In addition to the cash-prize purse offered by Nautique, U.S. water ski athletes were awarded an additional $2,500 for first place, $2,000 for second place, $1,500 for third place and $1,000 for fourth place via the Operation Gold program.

U.S. water ski athlete Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) won the junior women’s jumping title on Friday (May 25) at the 26th Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament with a distance of 137 feet. Late afternoon thunderstorms caused two separate one-hour delays during the jump event. Officials decided to use the elimination round scores of jumping as the final scores.

Other champions from the Junior Masters were: Paige Rini (Canada) – junior women’s slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off), tricks (8,020 points) and overall; Louis Duplan-Fribourg (France) – junior men’s tricks (10,500 points), jumping (177 feet) and overall; and Federico Jaramillo (Colombia) – junior men’s slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). Jaramillo tied the course record in earning the victory. U.S. athlete Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.) finished in second place (5-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off). Hunter also tied the course record in the elimination round to earn the top seed for the finals.

Among other highlights from U.S. athletes, Kristen Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) placed third in junior women’s tricks (5,570 points); Kassidy Hawkins (Paducah, Ky.) placed third in junior women’s slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off); and Blake Keller (New Hartford, Conn.) placed third in junior men’s jumping (170 feet). All three were competing in their first Junior Masters.

The 2019 Ski Nautique was the exclusive towboat for the 59th Masters Water Ski Tournament and 26th Junior Masters. For complete results, visit www.masterswaterski.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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