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Jaquess, Smith Earn Best Of May Honors

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for May. Jaquess and Smith are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of May Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

Regina JaquessJaquess won the women’s slalom title at the 2018 Swiss Pro Slalom on May 13 at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Groveland, Fla., and placed second in women’s slalom 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. At the Swiss Pro Slalom, Jaquess scored 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals to clinch the title over France’s Manon Costard (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Canada’s Whitney McClintock (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). Jaquess was the only women’s athlete to run the 39-1/2 off pass in the tournament, and she did it all three rounds (2 buoys at 41 feet off, 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off and 2 buoys at 41 feet off). At the 59th Nautique Masters, Jaquess finished runner-up to Costard following a runoff for the title. 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 tournament’s course record in the preliminary round – 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.

Nate SmithSmith won men’s slalom titles at three tournaments – Travers Grand Prix Pro Am, Swiss Pro Slalom and 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology – in May. At the Travers Grand Prix Pro Am on May 11 at Jack Travers’ International Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla., Smith scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off in round one to earn the top seed for the finals, and scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off again in the finals to take the title. He was the only athlete to run the 41 off pass in the tournament. At the Swiss Pro Slalom on May 13 at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Groveland, Fla., Smith scored 4 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals to clinch the title over Great Britain’s Will Asher (3 buoys at 41 feet off) and France’s Sasha Descuns (3 buoys at 41 feet off). Smith was the only men’s athlete to run the 41 off pass in the tournament, scoring 0 buoys at 43 feet off in the first round and 1 buoy at 43 feet off in the semifinals. At the 59th Nautique Masters, May 26-27, at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga., Smith scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to win his fourth consecutive and fifth career Masters slalom title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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