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Karen leads after first round at Moomba

The Moomba Masters are underway and Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove is on top after the first round of Women’s slalom.

Karen ran 5 at 38 to snag the highest score in the preliminaries.  Gene Kruger qualified second with 3 at 38 and Whitney McClintock third with 2 at 38.  Team GOODE’s Lauren Morgan qualified sixth, while Erika Lang and Clementine Lucine were in a four-skier logjam at eight place.

The Men’s slalom event hits the water Saturday, with the semi finals for both Men and Women’s slalom taking place Sunday.

For results and schedule, click here. For the live online broadcast, click here.

Moomba kicks off 2015 pro season

Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi will be looking to defend his title at the 2015 Moomba Masters. Photo courtesy Des Burke-Kennedy/IWWF.

While it may seem unlikely for those in the U.S. who are just coming off record-low temperatures and record-high snowfalls, the 2015 pro water ski season officially kicks off tomorrow as the Moomba Masters gets underway in Melbourne, Australia.

The Juniors will take to the water Wednesday and Thursday, while the pro Men and Women will compete for titles Friday through Monday.

Team GOODE will be well represented and looking to repeat it’s success from a year ago, when it took home two titles and earned four podium finishes.

Among the Men’s pro team members expected to compete are defending champion Thomas Degasperi, No. 1 seed Chris Parrish, Nick Parsons, Martin Bartalsky and Javier Julio. The Women’s side includes No. 2 seed Karen Truelove, Clementine Lucine, Lauren Morgan, and Erika Lang.

For the full list of competitors and event schedule, click here.  Tournament organizers plan to deliver a live webcast of the event, available here.

The 2014 season by the numbers

As Frank Sinatra once sang, it was a very good year …

How great of a year was it for Team GOODE? Take a look at our 2014 by the numbers:

75 

Percentage of 35+ World slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

MastersMalibu OpenMoomba and U.S. Open victories

3.25

at 41 off, Regina’s latest world record

55

Percentage of U.S. National slalom titles won on GOODEs

4

Buoys Cooper Tate improved the Boys 1 U.S. National Record by

3

Buoys Brooke Baldwin improved the Girls 2 U.S. National record by

#teamGOODE skiers in the top 10 of the Men’s and Women’s IWWF Elite Rankings

5,000

Dollars won by Michael Robinson for picking the perfect GOODE Bracket Challenge bracket

1

The ranking of Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess on the Men’s and Women’s IWWF World Rankings List

2

Big Dawg Tour stop victories

18

Consecutive years a GOODE has held a world slalom record

Unlimited

Designs possible with GOODE’s new custom graphic capabilities

 

Regina named USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year

For the third-consecutive year, and the eighth time in her career, Regina Jaquess has been named the USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year.

From USA Water Ski:

Jaquess started off 2014 by winning gold medals in slalom, jumping and overall at the Pan American Water Ski Championships. In addition to setting a new world slalom record of 3-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off in June, she also won women’s slalom titles at the 2014 Malibu Open, GOODE Water Ski National Championships, California Water Ski Pro Am Water Ski Tournament, and U.S. Open, where she also won the coveted overall title.

Freddy Krueger, husband of Team GOODE member Karen Truelove, was named Male Athlete of the Year for the tenth time, while the U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team – which included GOODE skiers Marc Shaw, Jeff Surdej, Lori Krueger, Hutch Haines, and Joy Kelley – was named Team of the Year.

For more information, click here.

Chris and Regina top preliminary IWWF world rankings

The top male and female skiers in the world belong to Team GOODE as Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess both find themselves No. 1 on the IWWF’s preliminary world rankings list.

Chris is the No. 1 ranked skier in Men’s Open with an average score of 1.5 buoys at 43 off, while Regina tops the Open Women’s list with an average of 2.75 buoys at 41 off.

Additional GOODE skiers placing in the top five of their respective divisions include: April Coble-Eller (3rd, Open Women; 1st 35+ Women); Karen Truelove (4th, Open Women; 2nd 35+ Women); Caroline Hensley (5th, Open Women); Freddie Winter (3rd, Open Men); Nick Lang (4th, Junior Men); Bailey Austin (2nd Junior Women; 3rd, U21 Women); Brooke Baldwin (5th, Junior Women); Dane Mechler (3rd, U21 Men); Brando Caruso (4th, U21 Men); Lauren Morgan (5th, U21 Women); Jeremy Newby-Ricci (2nd, 35+ Men); Jay Leach (3rd, 35+ Men); Dave Miller (3rd 45+ Men); Ben Favret (4th, 45+ Men); Lori Krueger (2nd, 45+ Women); Patrician Cordeiro (45+ Women); Shannon Strickland (45+ Women); Chet Raley (1st, 55+ Men); Bruce Dodd (4th, 55+ Men); John Shealy (5th; 55+ Men); Joy Kelley (1st, 55+ Women); Cyndi Benzel (2nd, 55+ Women); Kandise Bertelson (4th, 55+ Women); Richard Lambert (65+ Men); Jeff Wiswall (65+ Men); Bruce Epstein (4th, 65+ Men); Ruth Johnston (1st, 65+ Women); Donna Epstein (2nd, 65+ Women); and Shirley Coble (4th 65+ Women).

To view the full rankings, click here.

Freddie’s Europe and Africa record approved

The IWWF’s Europe and Africa Confederation has approved Freddie Winter’s score of 1 buoy at 43 off, officially giving him a tie for the region’s Open Men’s slalom record along with Andy Mapple.

Freddie put up the huge score at the Trilakes 2 tournament at Bennett’s Ski School in Zachary, La., on October 26th.

In addition to giving him a share of the EA record, the score boosted Freddie into the top three of the preliminary IWWF world rankings list (see article above), as he joined fellow Team GOODE member Chris Parrish and Nate Smith as the only skiers with averages into 43 off.

Freddie Winter joins 43 off club with 1 at 43

Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter saved his best of 2014 for last, running 1 buoy at 43 off at his last tournament of the year to join the select 43-off club and in the process tie the European and Great Britain Open Men’s slalom records.

Freddie actually got 6 at 41 off twice at this weekend’s TriLakes tournament at Bennett’s Ski School, but only one resulted in getting a crack at 43 off. He first scored a full 6 at 41 off on Saturday, but lost the handle before exiting the gates. The next day he again got around six ball and back to the wakes, but this time held on through the gates, ultimately ending up with 1 at 43.

Currently ranked No. 5 on the IWWF world rankings list with an average of 70.75 buoys (4.75 at 41 off), Freddie should make quite the leap in the next rankings when his score of 1 at 43 is paired with a 5.25 at 41 he got earlier this season.

Regina and April finish 1-2 at Nautique U.S. Open

The U.S. Open water ski championships haven’t been held since 2007, but Regina Jaquess made sure that the end result in Women’s slalom was the same as most other tournaments held since: with her standing on top of the podium.

Regina topped fellow Team GOODE skier April Coble-Eller in the Women’s slalom head-to-head finals to earn her fifth major title of 2014 and assure that she’ll finish the year atop the IWWF Elite Rankings List. And as if to put a cherry on top of her year, Regina also took home the U.S. Open Women’s overall title.

April’s second-place finish caps a remarkably great and consistent year for her, as she earned top-three finishes at the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships, MasterCraft Pro Shootout, Masters, Malibu Open, and Moomba Masters. In the past two months she’s also become the sixth Woman into 41 off and won the 35+ Women’s World Slalom title.

On the Men’s side, Team GOODE’s Chris Parrish advanced to the finals, finishing in a tie for fourth place with Joel Howley. Nate Smith, Will Asher and Brian Detrick finished first through third, respectively. Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, ranked No. 2 on the IWWF Elite Rankings List, missed the tournament with injury.

U.S. Open returns this weekend

After a seven-year hiatus, the U.S. Open returns to the water this weekend in Central Florida.

The Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing – featuring slalom, tricks and jumping – kicks off Thursday with two days of preliminary round action at Grew Lake, adjacent to USA Water Ski headquarters in Polk City.

Saturday’s finals will be held on Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando.

Team GOODE athletes expected to compete include: Thomas Degasperi, Regina Jaquess, Chris Parrish, April Coble-Eller, Karen Truelove, Nick Parsons, Carlo Allais, Erika Lang, Lauren Morgan, and Benjamin Stadlbaur.

For more information, including schedule, running order and the webcast of Saturday’s final, visit nautique.com/usopen. For live scoring (including the preliminaries), click here.

Mechler, Winter and Pickos medal at Collegiate Nationals

Photo courtesy of USA Water Ski.

Team GOODE had a great showing at the 2014 NCWSA Nationals as Dane Mecheler won the Men’s national collegiate slalom title with a huge score of 2 buoys at 41 off, while Freddie Winter took third and Adam Pickos tied for fifth.

On the Women’s side, Eloise Whitlock finished tied for third while Lauren Morgan took fifth.

Click here for complete scores.