Pan American Games - U.S. Pan American Water Ski & Wakeboard Team History

Water skiing has been a part of the Pan American Games’ sports program since the 1995 Games in Mar Del Plato, Argentina. Men's wakeboarding was added to the Pan American Games’ water ski program in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and women's wakeboarding was added in 2019 in Lima, Peru.

2019

At the XVIII Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team members combined to win eight medals, including five gold, in respective events. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team finished with five gold medals, two silver and one bronze during the four-day competition Members of the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team were: Andrew Adkison (Chipley, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Mary Morgan Howell (Dothan, Ala.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.). Jay Bennett (Zachary, La.) was the water ski coach, Cathy Williams (Orlando, Fla.) was the wakeboard coach, Scott Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.) served as team leader, and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas) was the team physician. Women’s wakeboarding made its Pan American Games debut as part of the water ski/wakeboard competition program.

2015

At the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the U.S. Water Ski Team finished with a total of eight medals – three gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals – during the four-day competition. Canada finished with a team-high nine medals. The 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team consisted of Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Daniel Powers (Orlando, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.). Lori Krueger-Covington (Martindale, Texas) and Jim Powers (Orlando, Fla.) were the coaches for water skiing and wakeboarding, respectively. Jim Grew (Winter Haven, Fla.) was the team leader and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas) was the team physician.

2011

At the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, the U.S. Water Ski Team finished with a total of seven medals – six gold medals and one bronze medal – during the four-day competition. Canada finished with a team-high 10 medals. The 2011 U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team consisted of 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.

2007

At the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the U.S. Water Ski Team finished with a total of seven medals – one gold, three silver and three bronze medals – during the four-day competition. Canada finished with a team-high nine medals. The 2007 U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team consisted of Austin Hair (Tega Cay, S.C.), Regina Jaquess (Suwanee, Ga.), Mandy Nightingale (Sapulpa, Okla.), Cory Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Jonathan Travers (Groveland, Fla.). Frank Harrison (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) and Mike Meek (Albany, Ohio) served as team leader and coach, respectively. Wakeboarding was part of the Pan American Games’ water ski program for the first time.

2003

At the XIV Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the U.S. Water Ski Team won the overall medal count with eight medals, including three gold medals, four silver medals, and one bronze medal. The 2003 U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team consisted of Rhoni Barton, Regina Jaquess, Freddy Krueger, Chris Parrish and Karen Truelove. Jack Travers was the coach and Tony Baggiano was the team manager.

1999

At the XIII Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the U.S. Water Ski Team won over all medal count, tallying seven medals, including four gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal. The 1999 U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team consisted of Rhoni Barton, Wade Cox, Russell Gay, Freddy Krueger and Kristi Overton-Johnson. Jack Travers was the coach and Tony Baggiano was the team manager.

1995

At the XII Pan American Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, the U.S. Water Ski Team garnered seven medals (tied with Canada), including four gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal. The 1995 U.S. Pan American Games Water Ski Team consisted of Tory Baggiano, Sammy Duvall, Deena Mapple, Tawn Larsen, Carl Roberge and Sherri Slone. Jack Travers was the coach and Tony Baggiano was the team manager.