OTTAWA, ON – Canadian athletes Paige Rini (ON), Neilly Ross (ON), Jamie Calhoun (ON) and Ryan Dodd (AB) won titles in their respective events at the 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology on May 25-27 at Callaway Gardens Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Paige Rini (ON) won in both the Junior Women’s Trick and Junior Women’s Slalom titles. Paige scored an 8,020 behind the all-new Ski Nautique to win the Trick portion of the event, then turned around and got 2 @ 38-off to take the Slalom win. She also made the cut in Jump placing third. When it was all said and done, Paige Rini also took the overall Junior Women Masters title after feeling extremely comfortable behind the all-new Ski Nautique. Paige had an incredible day of skiing to earn the victory. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl and I love the Masters. Winning Slalom, Trick and Overall on Robin lake is the most incredible finish to my Junior ski career.”
Jamie Calhoun (ON) finished third in Junior Men’s Slalom at his first ever Masters. Jamie ran 1.5@39 to make it to the finals – Congrats Jamie!
Neilly Ross (ON) finished in second place for Jr Women’s Slalom. Skiing 1.00 @ 38 Off in the elimination round and completing the course with 0.50 @ 38 Off. Neilly Ross also scored 9,550 points to win the Women’s Tricks title over U.S athlete Erika Lang (9,240 points) and Belarus’s Natallia Berdnikava (8,660 points). Ross also won silver in Junior Women’s Slalom 1.00 @ 38 Off.
Whitney McClintock scored 1 @ 39.5 Off to win bronze in Women’s Slalom. Manon Costard (FRA) earned her first career Masters women’s slalom title after out-duelling U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess.
Dodd, the top seed for the finals, went 206 feet on his first attempt and 228 feet on his second. He generated much speed into the ramp on his third attempt and was forced to pass, thus clinching the title for the 43-year-old Krueger, who won his first career Masters title in 1999. Great Britain’s Jack Critchley finished third with a distance of 211 feet.
Taryn Grant was the first Manitoba resident to attend the Nautique Masters in 27 years. Taryn placed 5th in the elimination round with 152 Feet (46.4 M) – Congratulations Taryn.
Among other results from Canadian athletes, Jason McClintock (ON) placed seventh in Masters Men’s Slalom (2.00 @ 39.5 Off); Jaimee Bull (ON) placed seventh in Masters Women Slalom. On Dominique Allard’s (QC) third attempt in jump resulted in a fall and injury to her right knee.
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