|PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga., May 24, 2015 - U.S. athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 56th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 23-24, on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens.
Jaquess won her fifth career Masters women's slalom title. After tying France's Manon Costard with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals, Jaquess clinched the title in the subsequent runoff, scoring 4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off to Costard's 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off.
Lang won women's tricks for the second consecutive year, scoring a course record 9,770 points. Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava (9,510 points) placed second and U.S. athlete Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.) finished third (8,670 points).
Smith won his second career Masters men's slalom title, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Great Britain's Freddie Winter finished second (5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and the Czech Republic's Daniel Odvarko was third (0 buoys at 38 feet off).
In men's tricks, France's Pierre Ballon won men's tricks (10,680 points) for the second consecutive year. U.S. athletes Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed second (9,720 points) and third (9,440 points), respectively.
In women's jumping, Australia's Jacinta Carroll won her third consecutive Masters title with a distance of 179 feet. Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava finished second (174 feet), followed by France's Marion Ellis (166 feet) and Jaquess (158 feet).
In men's jumping, Canada's Ryan Dodd, the top seed, won his second consecutive and third career Masters title, soaring 234 feet on his first jump in the finals. U.S. athleteFreddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished second with a distance of 232 feet.
U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) won respective titles at the 23rd Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament on May 22 on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Baldwin won junior women's slalom and overall. She won the slalom title after a run-off against Canada's Geneva Roach. After both skiers tied in the finals with scores of 2 buoys at 38 feet off, Baldwin clinched the title in the subsequent run-off with a score of 6 buoys at 35 feet off to Roach's 5-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off. Baldwin also won the overall title for the second consecutive year by tallying 2,790.0 points after recording high scores of 7,600 points in tricks (finals), 3 buoys at 38 feet in slalom (elimination round) and 120 feet in jumping (elimination round).
Garcia won junior men's jumping and overall, and he placed second in slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off). He won men's jumping with a distance of 185 feet, and he won the overall title with 2,623.1 points after recording scores of 3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off in slalom (elimination round), 6,300 points in tricks (elimination round) and 185 feet in jumping (finals).
In other events, Neilly Ross (Canada) won junior women's tricks with a course record 9,060 points; Danylo Fil'chenko (Ukraine) won junior men's tricks (10,110 points); Robert Pigozzi (Dominican Republic) won junior men's slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off); and Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (Belarus) won junior women's jumping (141 feet).
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