Cambridge water skier picks up gold at Pan Am meet


ACUASKI MORELOS, Mexico- Whitney McClintock of Cambridge won the gold medal in women’s tricks en route to the overall title while Jaret Llewellyn of Innisfail, Alta., took the men’s overall crown at the Pan American water skiing championships.

The 16-year-old McClintock continued to amaze against senior level competition on Sunday earning victories in two of three events for 2,946.8 points overall. U.S. skiers Mandy Nightingale was second at 2,900.4 and Danyelle Bennett was third at 2,864.4.

In tricks, McClintock took the gold with 8,200 points finishing ahead of Nightingale in second at 7,760 and Bennett in third at 7,280. In the jump final, Bennett was first at 45.2 metres, Nightingale second at 45.0 and McClintock third at 43.7. Breanne Wagner of Surrey, B.C., was fourth at 40.7. McClintock won the slalom final on Saturday.

On the men’s side, Llewellyn hung on to first overall despite not winning an individual gold with 2,782.3 points. Jimmy Siemers of the U.S., was second at 2,775.2, Jason McClintock of Cambridge was third at 2,336.3 and Ryan Dodd of Olds, Alta., fourth at 2,191.9.

In the jump final, Freddy Krueger of the U.S., remained unbeaten this season soaring 65.2 metres for the title. Dodd won the silver at 63.4, Siemers was third at 63.2 and Llewellyn, a three-time world jump champion, was fourth at 62.7.

In the tricks final, Siemers took the title at 10,700 points, Sergio Font of Mesico was second at 9.810 and Llewellyn third at 9.520.

“Getting the overall title saves the weekend for me,” said Llewellyn. “I got most of my points in the preliminaries. Today I tried to push it harder in the finals but it didn’t work out. I tried to increase the difficulty in my tricks run and screwed up and the jumping was just bad today.”
On Saturday Thomas Moore of Edmonton won the gold in men’s slalom.