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U.S. Wins 8 Medals At XVIII Pan Am Games

Six U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team members combined to win eight medals, including five gold, in respective events at the XVIII Pan American Games, July 27-30, at Laguna Bujama in Lima, Peru. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team finished with five gold medals, two silver and one bronze during the four-day competition. Members of the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team were: Andrew Adkison (Chipley, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Mary Morgan Howell (Dothan, Ala.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.).

Jaquess, 35, led the way for the U.S. team, securing gold medals in womenís slalom, jumping and overall. Jaquess has now won 16 medals in Pan American Games competition, the most among U.S. water ski athletes since the sport became part of the Pan American Gamesí program in 1995. In addition to this edition of the Pan American Games, Jaquess has competed in the 2015, 2011, 2007 and 2003 Pan American Games. She also owns Pan American Gamesí records for womenís slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off, 2019), jumping (173 feet, 2011) and overall (2,955.71 points, 2011), and she is the current womenís world slalom record holder (4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off).

Jaquess won the gold medal in womenís overall, tallying 2,934.83 points with scores of 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in slalom, 7,890 points in tricks and 169 feet in jumping. Canadaís Whitney McClintock (2,832.91 points) and Paige Rini (2,574.74 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Jaquess won the gold medal in womenís slalom by shattering her own Pan American Games record of 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off (set in 2011) with a score of 3 buoys at 41 feet off. She was the only womenís finalist to clear the 39-1/2 off pass. McClintock and Rini earned the silver and bronze medals, scoring 5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and 3 buoys at 38 feet off, respectively. Lang placed sixth (2 buoys at 35 feet off).

Jaquess won the gold medal in womenís jumping, her fourth consecutive Pan American Gamesí jumping title, with a distance of 171 feet. She clinched the gold on her first attempt Ė 167 feet Ė and then upped it to 171 feet on her second attempt. McClintock earned the silver (158 feet) and Chileís Valentina Gonzalez picked up the bronze (157 feet).

Garcia, 21, competing in his first Pan American Games, won the gold medal in menís jumping with a distance of 214 feet, just three tenths of a meter over Chileís Felipe Miranda, who earned the silver (213 feet). Canadaís Dorien Llewellyn earned the bronze (207 feet). Garcia also placed fifth (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) in slalom. He qualified for the overall finals, but withdrew from the event after aggravating a nagging hip injury during the slalom portion of the overall event.

Adkison, 37, who earned one of the last two spots in the finals of menís wakeboarding via the Last Chance Qualifier, won the gold medal with a score of 79.33 points. Argentinaís Ulf Distch earned the silver (78.78 points) and Mexicoís Patricio Gonzalez (69.67 points) earned the bronze. Adkison was competing in his first Pan American Games since winning the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Howell, 16, earned the silver medal in womenís wakeboarding, scoring 79.78 points. Argentinaís Eugenia De Armas won the gold with 82.67 points and Brazilís Nep Mariana Ribeiro earned the bronze with 62.22 points. Womenís wakeboarding made its debut at the 2019 Pan American Games.

Lang, 23, competing in her second Pan American Games, earned the silver medal in womenís tricks, scoring 9,720 points. Peruís Natalia Cuglievan, the defending champion, won the gold medal with a new Pan American Gamesí record 9,910 points, eclipsing the mark of 9,240 points that Lang set in Sundayís preliminary round. Rini earned the bronze medal with a score of 8,820 points. Jaquess placed fifth (7,790 points).

Pickos, 27, competing in his second Pan American Games and the defending menís tricks champion, earned the bronze medal in menís tricks, scoring 10,140 points. Mexicoís Patricio Font won the gold with 11,370 points and Llewellyn earned the silver with 10,430 points.

The Dominican Republicís Robert Pigozzi won the gold medal in menís slalom, establishing a new Pan American Games record of 2-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. Canadaís Steven Neveu (2 buoys at 41 feet off) and Mexicoís Carlos Lamadrid (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) earned the silver and bronze, respectively. Pigozziís winning score of 2-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off eclipsed the Pan American Gamesí record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off shared by U.S. athletes Jon Travers (2011) and Nate Smith (2015).

Llewellyn won the gold medal in menís overall (2,885.50 points), while Chileís Rodrigo Miranda (2,620.86 points) and Argentinaís Tobias Giorgis (2,524.29 points) earned the silver and bronze, respectively.

For individual water ski event (slalom, tricks and jumping) results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/19PER004/. For the separate water ski overall event results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/19PER05/. For wakeboard results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/boatwake/19PER004/.

The Pan American Games take place every four years, in the year preceding the Olympic Games and†is the third-largest multi-sport event†in the world behind†the Summer Olympic and Winter Olympic Games. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team has won the medal count at two Pan American Games (1999 and 2003). It tied with Canada for the high count in 1995, while Canada has won the high count in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Jay Bennett (Zachary, La.) was the water ski coach, Cathy Williams (Orlando, Fla.) was the wakeboard coach, Scott Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.) served as team leader, and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas) was the team physician. The American Water Ski Associationís International Activities Committee selected the water ski athletes (Garcia, Jaquess, Lang and Pickos) based on qualifying scores between May 2018 and May 2019. Adkison and Howell were selected by USA Wakeboard to represent the team as the wakeboard athletes following the 2018 Pan American Wakeboard Championships last November in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.

For more information the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team and the XVIII Pan American Games, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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