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U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships

U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess (center) won the gold medal in Elite women's slalom. Canada's Neilly Ross (left) earned the silver and U.S. athlete Brooke Baldwin earned the bronze.Six U.S water ski teams Ė Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55 Ė competing in the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, Nov. 12-18, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The U.S. Under 14 Team earned the silver medal. Athletes on the seven U.S. teams combined to earn 68 individual medals, including 30 gold medals.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,401.12 points. Canada earned the silver medal (7,897.83 points) and Chile earned the bronze medal (7,022.26 points) in the nine-team field. Members of the Elite Water Ski Team were: Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.). Jaquess won gold medals in womenís slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off), jumping (177 feet) and overall (2,795.72 points), and earned the bronze medal in tricks (8,180 points); Gay won the gold medal in womenís tricks (10,280 points) and the silver medal in overall (2,472.44 points); Baldwin earned the silver medal in womenís tricks (8,490 points) and bronze medals in slalom (4 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (152 feet) and overall (2,441.90 points); Smith won the gold medal in menís slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off); Pickos earned the bronze medal in menís tricks (10,590 points); and Garcia earned the bronze medal in menís jumping (213 feet).

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,593.41 points. Canada earned the silver medal (5,807.01 points) and Peru earned the bronze medal (4,554.72 points) in the eight-team field. The Under 21 Water Ski Team consisted of Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), Corbin Guyer (Pierson, Fla.), Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.) and Garrett Stallings (Rossville, Tenn.). Baldwin won gold medals in womenís slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (160 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points), and earned the silver medal in tricks (8,430 points); Haines won the gold medal in menís jumping (203 feet) and earned the silver medal in overall (2,493.94 points); Stallings earned the silver medal in menís tricks (7,050 points); and Guyer earned the bronze medal in menís jumping (188 feet).

The U.S. Under 17 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,953.52 points. Argentina earned the silver medal (6,970.22 points) and Canada earned the bronze medal (5,416.98 points) in the seven-team field. The Under 17 Water Ski Team consisted of Kristen Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), Ryan Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.), Blake Keller (Avon, Conn.), Garrett Reese (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas). Hansen won gold medals in girlsí tricks (6,810 points) and overall (2,903.15 points), and earned silver medals in slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (124 feet); Baldwin won gold medals in girlsí slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (131 feet), and earned the silver medal in overall (2,687.04 points); Keller earned the silver medal in boysí jumping (171 feet); and Reese earned the silver medal in boysí overall (2,258.78 points) and bronze medals in slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (160 feet).

The U.S. Over 35 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal. The Over 35 Water Ski Team consisted of Brian Ansel (Lake Delton, Wis.), Jeff Blair (Mooresville, N.C.), Brandy Nagle (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.). Nagle swept gold medals in womenís slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off), tricks (3,320 points), jumping (97 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); Surdej earned silver medals in menís jumping (155 feet) and overall (1,964.08 points) and bronze medals in slalom (1/2 buoy at 38 feet off) and tricks (2,720 points); and Blair earned bronze medals in menís jumping (81 feet) and overall (665.50 points).

The U.S. Over 45 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal. The Over 45 Water Ski Team consisted of Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Hutch Haines (Avon, Conn.), Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) and Jeff Lindsey (Martindale, Texas). Krueger swept gold medals in womenís slalom (2 buoys at 35 feet off), tricks (3,340 points), jumping (124 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); Gay won the gold medal in menís tricks (6,440 points); Haines won the gold medal in menís jumping (157 feet) and earned the silver medal in menís slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off); Lindsey won the gold medal in menís overall (2,862.32 points) and earned bronze medals in menís tricks (2,530 points) and jumping (127 feet).

The U.S. Over 55 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal. The Over 55 Water Ski Team consisted of Paul Armour (Plano, Texas), Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas) and Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.). Kelley swept gold medals in womenís slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), tricks (3,580 points), jumping (114 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); Fausold earned silver medals in womenís slalom (5 buoys at 32 feet off), tricks (2,740 points), jumping (68 feet) and overall (2,248.20 points); Grau won the gold medal in menís jumping (142 feet) and earned the silver medal in overall (2,770.68 points); and Armour earned the bronze medal in menís jumping (135 feet).

The U.S. Under 14 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal. The Under 14 Water Ski Team consisted of Will Blair (Mooresville, N.C.), Andrew Boskus (Elkins, Ark.), Emma Davis (Milford, Va.), Alana Jones (Church Point, La.), Kendra Nathan (Canyon Lake, Calif.) and Carter Reese (Walnut Creek, Calif.). Boskus won the gold medal in boysí overall (2,255.50 points); Nathan earned silver medals in girlsí slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off) and overall (2,087.43 points), and the bronze medal in jumping (77 feet); Blair earned the bronze medal in boysí jumping (91 feet); Davis earned the bronze medal in girlsí tricks (4,160 points); and Jones earned the bronze medal in girlsí slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off).

The team staff consisted of Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) and Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.), co-coaches/managers; and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas), physician.

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