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U.S. Teams Win Gold At Senior Pan Ams

Sixteen U.S. Senior Pan American Championships Water Ski Team members and four U.S. independent athletes combined to win 49 medals, including 25 gold, at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-27, in Bujama, Peru. All four Ė 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ Ė† U.S. teams competing at the biennial event won overall team gold medals.

The U.S. 35+ team won the gold medal, scoring 7,164.33 points. Colombia earned the silver (3,357.51 points) and Brazil earned the bronze (2,085.38 points). Members of the 35+ team were: Brian Ansel (Madison, Wis.), Renee Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Lauren Malitz (San Antonio, Texas) and Kyle Petit (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.). Ansel won gold medals in menís jumping (148 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points). Jaquess won gold medals in womenís tricks (2,500 points), jumping (93 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points), and earned the silver medal in slalom (2 buoys at 32 feet off). Malitz earned bronze medals in womenís slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 22 feet off), tricks (1,090 points), jumping (0 feet) and overall (1,278.0 points). Petit earned silver medals in womenís tricks (1,220 points), jumping (52 feet) and overall (1,416.85 points).

The U.S. 45+ team won the gold medal, tallying 6,000.00 points. Canada earned the silver medal (2,804.55 points) and Brazil earned the bronze medal (2,417.16 points). Members of the 45+ team were: Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) and Marc Shaw (Ocoee, Fla.). Krueger won gold medals in womenís slalom (1 buoy at 38 feet off), tricks (3,820 points), jumping (112 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points). Shaw won gold medals in menís slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), tricks (3,610 points), jumping (166 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points).



The U.S. 55+ team won the gold medal, scoring 8,636.54 points. Canada earned the silver (5,602.75 points) and Brazil earned the bronze (2,094.13 points). Members of the 55+ team were: Anne Bennett (Zachary, La.), Connie Bergmark (San Diego, Calif.), Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), Tina Lindsey (Martindale, Texas) and Greg Tate (Auburn, Wash.). Bennett won the gold in womenís tricks (3,050 points) and earned the bronze in overall (2,578.96 points). Bergmark earned the bronze in womenís slalom (3 buoys at 32 feet off). Fausold earned silver medals in womenís slalom (1 buoy at 35 feet off) and overall (2,621.23 points), and the bronze in tricks (2,650 points). Grau won gold medals in menís jumping (137 feet) and overall (2,964.89 points) and earned the silver in menís tricks (2,440 points). Lindsey won gold medals in womenís jumping (86 feet) and overall (2,851.54 points) and earned the silver in tricks (2,650 points). Tate earned the silver in menís slalom (4 buoys at 38 feet off). 


The U.S. 65+ team won the gold medal, tallying 6,306.07 points. Canada earned the silver medal (2,882.35 points). Members of the 65+ team were: John Able (Houston, Texas), Mike Bray (Marlow, Okla.), Steve Raphael (Southlake, Texas) and Cheryl Schmitt (Mount Vernon, Ind.). Able earned silver medals in menís tricks (960 points), jumping (82 feet) and overall (2357.16 points). Bray won the gold medal in menís slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off); Raphael earned the silver in menís slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off). Schmitt won gold medals in womenís slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 15 feet off), tricks (380 points), jumping and overall (3,000.0 points).

Several U.S. independent water ski athletes also competed in the tournament. Carol Brooks (Canyon Lake, Calif.) won the gold in womenís slalom (2 buoys at 35 feet off); Jeff Lindsey (Martindale, Texas) won the gold in 55+ menís tricks (2,440 points) and earned silver medals in jumping (124 feet) and overall (2,868.34 points); Dave Goode (Ogden, Utah) earned the bronze in 55+ menís tricks (1,530 points); and Diana Parker-Olson (Canyon Lake, Calif.) earned the bronze in 55+ womenís jumping (64 feet).

Marc Shaw (Ocoee, Fla.) served as the coach. The teams were selected by the 35+ Sub Committee of the American Water Ski Associationís International Activities Committee.

For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/19PER06/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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