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Pan American Water Ski Teams Selected

Six U.S. Water Ski Teams have been selected to compete in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Nov. 14-20, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The teams – Under 13, Junior, 17 to 20, Elite, Over 35 and Over 45 – were selected based on a pre-determined selection criteria approved by the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee and board of directors.

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U.S. Wins Gold At 35+ Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and 26 U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn 40 individual medals, including 14 gold medals, in respective events at the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 14-18, at the Seseña Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain. The United States tallied 12,239.46 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. France earned the silver medal with 10,228.02 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 9,721.30 points. Athletes and teams from 28 countries competed in the five-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

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Jaquess Wins California Pro Am Title

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the women's slalom title on Saturday at the 14th California Water Ski Pro Am at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. Jaquess, who has won every tournament that she has competed in this year, defeated Canada’s Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head final, scoring 4-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to McClintock’s 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. It was her fifth consecutive California Pro-Am victory.

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Rodgers Wins Big Dawg Stop No. 4

Jeff Rodgers is the defending champion of the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O'Brien.U.S. water ski athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the fourth and final qualifying stop of the 2016 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O’Brien, on Friday at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. Rodgers defeated Canada’s David Miler in the head-to-head final, scoring 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Miller’s 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Rodgers defeated U.S. athletes Marc Shaw, Jay Leach and Greg Sund before facing Miller in the finale. To view the complete results, including the Sweet 16 bracket, visit www.nautiquebigdawg.com.

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Hirst Wins SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup

Sweden's Josefin Hirst won the inaugural SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup women's slalom tournament on Sunday at Little Mountain Farms in Maiden, N.C. Hirst defeated U.S. athlete Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.) in the head-to-head final. The $12,000 cash-prize tournament was for women 30 and over.

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Krueger Defends Title At 2016 Stokes Pro-Am

U.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the Pro Men jumping title at the Ray Stokes Pro-Am for the third consecutive year on Thursday at Hazelwood Ski World in Thorpe on the Hill, England. In a jump off against Canada's Ryan Dodd, Krueger soared 237 feet to Dodd's 234-foot effort. The tournament included four rounds, with the longest jump of the four rounds determining the champion. Krueger and Dodd, however, tied with top distances of 234 feet (71.3 meters) resulting in the jump off. Krueger jumped 237 feet on his first of two attempts and passed on his second attempt. Dodd jumped 223 feet on his first attempt of the jump off.

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U.S. Teams Win Can Am Challenge Titles

The U.S. Under 17 and Under 14 Water Ski Teams each won titles at the 8th Can Am Team Challenge, Aug. 20-21, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The two-day, world-record capability event featured team competitions between Canada and the United States. A six-member Under 17 Team and a six-member Under 14 Team represented each country.

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Jaquess Wins Slalom Title At Malibu Open

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess won the women's slalom title on Saturday at the 2016 Malibu Open Water Ski Championships at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee, Wis. Jaquess defeated Canada’s Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head finals, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to McClintock’s 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

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AWSA Approves Four-Round Tournaments

The below wording was recently approved by the American Water Ski Association's Rules Committee.

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Optional Junior Slalom Scoring Extended

The American Water Ski Association has voted to extend the use of the Optional Slalom Scoring program for Junior skiers for the next season at its recent summer board of directors meeting. The program is getting a lot of positive responses and will hopefully be used still more widely in the coming year.

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