Smith, Jaquess Win Titles At Swiss Pro Slalom
by Scott N. Atkinson
U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith and Regina Jaquess won respective slalom titles on Sunday at the 2021 Swiss Pro Slalom at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla.
Jaquess won the women’s title at the Swiss Pro Slalom for the seventh consecutive year, scoring 4-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals. She earned the top seed after scoring 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the first two rounds. She was the only women’s athlete to run the 39-1/2 off pass. Canada’s Jaimee Bull finished second (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Australia’s Vennesa Vieke placed third (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). France’s Manon Costard (3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and U.S. athlete Chelsea Mills (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) rounded out the top-five placements.
Smith won the men’s slalom title for the first time since 2018 after a four-way runoff. Smith, Great Britain’s Freddie Winter, Great Britain’s Will Asher and Canada’s Cole McCormick each scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals. In the subsequent runoff, Smith clinched the title with a score of 1 buoy at 43 feet off, followed by Winter (3 buoys at 41 feet off), Asher (2 buoys at 41 feet off) and McCormick (3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).
The tournament featured a live webcast from The WaterSki Broadcasting Company.