Athletes Of The Month Selected

Oct. 31, 2011, 10:50 a.m. (ET)
USA Water Ski has selected Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for October. The U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team was selected USA Water Ski’s Team of the Month. Krueger, Jaquess and the U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete and Team of the Month honors.

Regina JaquessJaquess led the U.S. Water Ski Team at the XVI Pan American Games, Oct. 20-23, in Chapala, Mexico, winning four medals. She also set four Pan American Games' records and one pending world record. She has now won 10 medals in three Pan American Games' appearances, the most of any U.S. water ski athlete. She won gold medals in women's overall (2,955.71 points), slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and jumping (166 feet/50.6 meters). She earned the bronze medal in women's tricks (6,090 points). Jaquess earned the top seed for the finals of women's slalom by scoring a Pan American Games' record of 1 buoy at 41 feet off to earn the top seed. The score shattered the mark of 4 buoys at 38 feet off set by Canada's Susi Graham at the 1999 Games. Jaquess upped the record to 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the overall final. Jaquess won the gold medal in women's overall, setting a Pan American Games water ski overall record of 2,955.71 points. Her scores in her respective events of slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off), tricks (8,200 points) and jumping (173 feet/Pan American Games' record) also will be a pending world overall record of 3,033.01 points. The overall figure is calculated differently for each record. The Pan American Games' record is calculated based on her performance against her competitors. The world record is calculated against a baseline figure.

Jaquess also set a pending women's world slalom record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off on Oct. 1 at the Eddie Green Budweiser Oktoberfest in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and she won the women’s slalom title at the 2011 Katy Ski Jam, Oct. 14-15, at the Lakes of Katy in Katy, Texas, with a score of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

Freddy KruegerKrueger, a member of the U.S. Water Ski Team, won the gold medal in men's jumping at the XVI Pan American Games, Oct. 20-23, in Chapala, Mexico, with a distance of 212 feet/64.9 meters. Krueger earned the top seed for the finals of men's jumping with a Pan American Games-record distance of 221 feet (67.4 meters) in the preliminary round. The distance surpassed the record of 220 feet (67.0 meters) co-held by Krueger (2003) and Canada’s Jaret Llewellyn (2003). Krueger also won the men's jumping title at the 2011 Katy Ski Jam, Oct. 14-15, at the Lakes of Katy in Katy, Texas, with a distance of 221 feet.

Jon TraversFour U.S. Water Ski Team members combined to win seven medals in respective events at the XVI Pan American Games, Oct. 20-23, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Mexico. The U.S. Water Ski Team finished with six gold medals out of a possible nine and one bronze medal during the four-day competition.

Andrew AdkisonMembers of the 2011 U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team were: Andrew Adkison (Orlando, Fla.), Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.). Mike Meek (Albany, Ohio) and Dave Briscoe (Winter Haven, Fla.) served as the water skiing and wakeboarding coaches, respectively. Frank Harrison (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) was the team leader. Jaquess led the way for the U.S. Team, winning four medals. She also set four Pan American Games' records and one pending world record. She has now won 10 medals in three Pan American Games' appearances, the most of any U.S. water ski athlete. She won gold medals in women's overall (2,955.71 points), slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and jumping (166 feet/50.6 meters). She earned the bronze medal in women's tricks (6,090 points). Krueger won the gold medal in men's jumping with a distance of 212 feet/64.9 meters. Krueger earned the top seed for the finals of men's jumping Russell Gaywith a Pan American Games-record distance of 221 feet (67.4 meters) in the preliminary round. The distance surpassed the record of 220 feet (67.0 meters) co-held by Krueger (2003) and Canada's Jaret Llewellyn (2003). Travers won the gold medal in men's slalom, setting a new Pan American Games' record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off. Adkison won the gold medal in men's wakeboarding, scoring 80.00 points. Gay placed fourth in men's tricks with 9,040 points.