AVON, July 28 – Some of the best water skiing athletes in the eastern United States were in Avon this weekend for the American Water Ski Association’s 2019 Eastern Regional Championships at the Pond along the Farmington River.
The Old Farms Skiers club hosted the four-day event that attracted water skiing athletes from New England, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Jake Abelson of Holderness, N.H., was the top male skier according to unofficial results, earning 3,242 points in three events (jumping, slalom, tricks). Emma Davis of Milford, Va., was the top female skier for the third time in the last four years with 3,016 points.
Avon’s Quinn Haines was second in the overall results with 3,024 points. Haines was the top skier at the Eastern Regionals in 2018, 2015, 2013 and 2012. Haines won Eastern Regional titles in men’s overall in all three disciplines (jump, slalom, tricks). Abelson was competing in the B3 category (17-and-under).
Haines, 20, will be a junior at the University of Alabama this fall where he competes on the water ski team.
Haines was the top jumper in the event with a leap of 190 feet on Sunday. Oxford’s Dan Zeisler was second with a jump of 160 feet with New Hartford’s Blake Keller, Haines’ cousin, taking third with a leap of 159 feet.
Keller won the Eastern Regional title in B3 (17-and-under) division while Avon’s Julian Haines won the Eastern title in W1 (women ages 19-24) with a leap of 57 feet. Simsbury’s Bill Cirilli won the Eastern title in M5 (men’s ages 55-59) with a leap of 105 feet.
In slalom, Julian Haines tied for the Eastern title in W1 by clearing 69 buoys.
In the trick competition, Cirilli won the Eastern Regional title in M5 with a score 1,780 with his son, Rocco Cirilli winning the Eastern title in B3 (17-and-under) with a score of 2,740 points.
Robert Reithner of Keene, N.Y., won the Eastern Regional title M9 division (ages 75-79) with a successful jump of 35 feet.