POLK CITY, Fla.–USA Water Ski today named Jimmy Siemers
(Round Rock, Texas) and Regina Jaquess (Suwanee, Ga.)
its Male and Female Athletes of the Month for October. The
University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team (Monroe,
La.) was named USA Water Ski's Team of the Month for October.
Siemers, Jaquess and the ULM water ski team will now be considered
for the United States Olympic Committee's Athletes and Team of the
“Regina, Jimmy and the members of the ULM water ski team have
raised the bar in collegiate water skiing with their impressive
performances at the 2002 Collegiate Water Ski National
Championships,” said Steve McDermeit, USA Water Ski's executive
director. “These athletes have made valuable contributions to our
sport through their pursuits of excellence and their leadership
within the National Collegiate Water Ski Association. I
congratulate each athlete on hard-earned achievements during the
month of October.”
Siemers, a sophomore at Arizona State, dominated the 2002
Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 17-19, at The
Aquaplex in Austin, Texas. Siemers accumulated three national
titles in tricks (6,170 points), jumping (179 feet) and overall
(1,075.0 points). In slalom, he tied for fourth place, skiing 3
buoys at 38 feet off. Siemers' success helped boost ASU to a
second-place finish overall.
Jaquess, a freshman at ULM, leaped 147 feet to set a pending
national collegiate jumping record at the Collegiate Nationals. The
jump earned Jaquess the national collegiate Women's jumping title.
She also ran 4 buoys at 35 feet off for a second-place finish in
slalom, scored 1,580 points for 11th place in tricks and
tallied 940.0 overall points for the Women's overall title. Her
solid overall placement helped the ULM water ski team clinch the
2002 Division 1-A national team title.
ULM collected 7,150 points to win back the national title from
defending champion ASU at the Collegiate Water Ski National
Championships. The win, which marks ULM's 17th national
title in the 24-year history of the Collegiate Nationals, served as
justification for ULM's No. 1 ranking in the final 2002 National
Collegiate Water Ski Association's Coaches Poll, released Oct.
Members of the ULM water ski team were Olivier Fortamps, Joey
Blakley, Matt Curmi, Tyler McDermeit, Frederico Minelli, James
Lefebvre, Thomas Degasperi, Juanita Hernandez, Renee Jaquess,
Marjolein Jongepier, Regina Jaquess and Brooke Osis. The
team was coached by Bill Bagley.
USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit
organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water
Ski is affiliated with the International Water Ski Federation
(world governing body) and is recognized by the United States
Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the
national governing body of competitive water skiing in the United
States. With more than 40,000 members, USA Water Ski is the largest
water ski federation in the world.