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Seven U.S. Athletes Win Titles At 2020 Malibu Open

By Scott N. Atkinson | Sept. 12, 2020, 4:57 p.m. (ET)

Regina Jaquess wins women's slalom at the 2020 Malibu OpenSeven U.S. athletes won titles in respective events at the 2020 Malibu Open, presented by Malibu Boats, Sept. 11-12, at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C. Athletes competed for more than $70,000 in prize money in the slalom and jumping events. 

Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the women’s slalom title for the ninth consecutive year, defeating France’s Manon Costard in the head-to-head final. Jaquess, the only women’s athlete to run the 39-1/2 off pass in every round, scored 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the final while Costard scored 3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off. U.S. athletes Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.) and Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.) rounded out the top-four placements.

Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the men’s slalom title, defeating Canada’s Cole McCormick in the head-to-head final. Smith scored 4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off to McCormick’s 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Great Britain’s Will Asher and Italy’s Thomas Degasperi rounded out the top-four placements.

In men’s jumping, which featured a head-to-head two-jump super final, Chile’s Rodrigo Miranda edged his brother, Felipe Miranda, with a 213-foot distance to Felipe’s 211-foot distance. Felipe soared 222 feet and Rodrigo jumped 221 feet in the finals to advance to the head-to-head super final. U.S. athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed third (219 feet) and fourth (217 feet), respectively. Canada’s Ryan Dodd, the top seed for the finals, crashed on his first attempt and did not record a score.

Belarus’ Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya won women’s jumping with a distance of 167 feet. Jaquess finished second with a 165-foot effort and Canada’s Taryn Grant was third (164 feet). Jaquess, the top seed, jumped 157 feet and 165 feet, respectively, on her first two attempts in the finals, but crashed out the front on her final attempt.

Other event winners: Annemarie Wroblewski (Toledo, Ohio), U17 girls’ slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off); Sage Pottbecker (Morris, Conn.), U17 girls’ jumping (120 feet); Blaze Grubbs (Rio Linda, Calif.), U17 boys’ slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (176 feet); Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), U21 women’s slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off); Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.), U21 men’s slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off); and Luca Rauchenwald (Austria), U21 men’s jumping (201 feet).

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Scott N. Atkinson

Scott N. Atkinson is the Senior Director of Communications & External Relations for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and Editor of The Water Skier magazine.