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Four U.S. Riders Win Pan American Titles

U.S. wakeboard athletes Mary Morgan Howell (Dothan, Ala.), Adam Fields (Littleton, N.C.), Chad Lowe (Sebastapol, Calif.) and Kitt Smith (Bronson, Mo.) each won gold medals in respective divisions at the 2018 Pan American Wakeboard Championships, Nov. 2-3, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.

Howell won the gold medal in Open women, tallying 82.45 points in the finals. Argentina’s Eugenia De Armas (74.22 points) and Victoria De Armas (63.89 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively. With the victory, Howell earned a spot as the female wakeboard athlete on the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team. Andrew Adkison (Chipley, Fla.) placed 13th in Open Men and qualified as the male wakeboard athlete on the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team. The XVIII Pan American Games will be held July 27-30 in Lima, Peru. The four water ski athletes that will fill out the U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team will be selected early next summer.

Fields won the gold medal in Masters Men, scoring 85.22 points in the finals. Mexico’s Jorge Garizurieta (74.56 points) and Marcos Torres (72.67 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Lowe won the gold medal in Veteran Men, tallying 59.78 points in the finals. Mexico’s Emilio Martinez (50.00 points) and Colombia’s Leonardo Pena (10.00 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Smith won the gold medal in Under 9 Girls, scoring 70.56 points. Mexico’s Silvanna Velazquez (46.89 points) and Colombia’s Silvana Validejuli (45.67 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Cooper Lewis (Medford Lakes, N.J.) earned the bronze medal (30.00 points) in Under 9 Boys. Mexico’s Humberto Morlet (70.67 points) won the gold medal and Colombia’s Juan Pablo Pena (57.78 points) earned the silver medal. Kira Lewis (Medford Lakes, N.J.) earned the bronze medal in Under 14 Girls (68.33 points). Mexico’s Alexa Guajardo (78.11 points) won the gold medal and Mexico’s Crespo Fernanda Gomez earned the silver medal (73.89 points).

Other gold medalists were: Mexico’s Xavier Olea, Under 14 Boys (86.89 points); Mexico’s Valentina Gonzalez, Junior Women (81.67 points); Colombia’s Felipe Ladron De Guevara, Junior Men (77.33 points); and Argentina’s Kai Ditsch, Open Men (79.11 points).

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