Karen Truelove was joined by two relative newcomers as Team GOODE placed three of the top five finishers in Women’s slalom at the Moomba Masters. Meanwhile, Thomas Degasperi racked up his 6th career Top-5 finish on the unpredictable waters of downtown Melbourne’s Yarra River.
Karen scored 2.5 buoys at 35-feet off to place fourth. Fellow Team GOODE skiers Vennesa Vieke (2.5 at 35) and Ali Garcia (1 at 35 off) finished third and fourth, respectively, to give the event a decidedly new look. Whitney McClintock (3 at 38) took home first while Manon Costard (2.5 at 38) was second.
Vennesa’s showing put her in the 13th spot on the IWWF’s Elite Rankings list, the first time she has ever appeared on it. Her previous best showing at a major tournament was her win at last year’s SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup.
Over the last couple years Ali has transformed from talented junior to a contender at major professional tournaments. After this weekend’s Moomba results she is now ranked No. 10 on the IWWF Women’s Elite Rankings list, giving Team GOODE seven of the top-10 spots. She also took home second place in the Junior Moomba event.
Thomas saved his best for the last round, posting a score of 1 buoy at 41-feet off to finish fifth. The rest of the top five was Nate Smith (3 at 41), Stephen Neveu (2 at 41), Benjamin Stadlbaur (1 at 41), and Will Asher (1 at 41).
Team GOODE also fared well in the overall event, as Giannina Bonnemann took home the Women’s crown, while Dorien Llewellyn finished second in the Mens event.
The tournament schedule for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships is now available to view and download. The Nationals will take place Aug. 7-11 at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. To view and download the schedule, click here(PDF).
Additional information on this year’s Nationals, including hotel information and the meetings and functions schedule, will be posted as it becomes available at www.waterskinationals.com.
The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors approved the bid from the Mystic Lakes Ski Club to host the 2018 Nationals at its January 2017 mid-winter board meeting.
The Mystic Lakes Ski Club, which includes two world-record capability water ski lakes, has previously hosted the Midwest Regional Water Ski Championships, Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships and Barefoot Water Ski National Championships. It will mark the first time that the state of Kansas has hosted the Water Ski National Championships.
More than 600 of the nation’s top water ski athletes from across the United States are expected to compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions at the Nationals, the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament. Advancement to the Nationals is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals.
The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.
Regina Jaquess was named the 2017 USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year, marking the 10th time in her career she has received the award.
The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team – whose members include GOODE athletes Brooke Baldwin, Taylor Garcia, Anna Gay, Adam Pickos, and Jaquess – was named USA Water Ski’s Team of the Year.
USA Water Ski on Regina’s selection:
Jaquess, selected USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 10th time in her career, led the way for the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team as it won the team gold medal at the 35th Water Ski World Championships. Jaquess successfully defended her slalom and overall titles from the 2015 world championships, earned the silver medal in women’s jumping, and advanced to the finals in all three events (placing 10th in tricks) at this year’s world championships. She also won women’s professional slalom titles at the Swiss Pro Am, San Gervasio Pro Am and Malibu Open, where she also won the coveted overall title and placed second in jumping.
Friend of GOODE Freddy Krueger was named the male athlete of the year for the 12th time. Click here for more information.
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Congratulations to Chet Raley for setting a pending U.S. National Mens 6 slalom record with 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off at the Oct. 3-event Record Sunday last weekend at Okeeheelee Park.
Chet’s new mark tops the previous record of 1 at 41 off, which he scored earlier this summer and co-held with Kris Lapoint, and is the ninth pending U.S. National slalom record set on GOODEs this year.
Joy Kelley owns three of those marks topping out with a pending Womens 6 record of 2 at 38 off. Bob Hardeman set a pending Mens 8 record of 2-1/4 at 39-1/2 off, Cyndi Benzel a Womens 7 pending record of 1/2 at 38 off, Steve Raphael a Mens 7 pending record of 5-1/4 at 39-1/2 off and Bill Mahan tied the Mens 8 record of 2 at 39-1/2 off.
For a full list of pending U.S. National records click here, or here for the list of approved records.
After four rounds and the elimination of 14 skiers, the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to No. 1 seed vs. No. 2. Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal.
The two faced off in the first round of last weekend’s Imperial Lakes Skiers Choice Record in El Centro, Calif., to determine the champ. Watch the video above to find out who won.
Fan contest won with perfect bracket
Kyle Kuykendall is the winner of a brand new XTR, thanks to his perfect picks in the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge.
With the bracket submission named “Winner!,” Kyle correctly picked both of the two upsets during the four round event – his uncle (No. 13) Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach and (No. 2) Greg Badal’s victory over top seed Dave Miller.
Nine brackets – Gloerson, June 2017, Kevin’s Bracket, LLUSA, Malibu Dave’s Picks, Mary’s Picks, Rich’s Bracket picks, Skicm777, and skidawg – tied for second place, with each only having one mark against them.
To see where all 385 bracket submission placed, click here.
Team GOODE nearly swept the slalom medals at last weekend’s European Championships in Poland, winning five of the six medals awarded.
Clementine Lucine claimed gold to lead Team GOODE to a 1-2-3 sweep of the Women’s slalom event. She scored six buoys at 38-feet off in the finals to earn the win, while her French teammate Ambre Franc finished second with three buoys at 38 off, a half-buoy ahead of the third-place finisher, Russia’s Alisa Shevkunova.
For Clementine, the slalom gold secured her 30th career Euros gold medal.
In Men’s slalom, the Italian duo of Thomas Degasperi and Brando Caruso finished second and third, respectively, both scoring 2 buoys at 41 off in the finals, with Thomas securing the higher placement on the strength of a higher preliminary score. Great Britain’s Freddie Winter took home gold.
Both overall titles were won by GOODE athletes, with the Czech Republic’s Adam Sedlmajer winning the Men’s title, and Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava claiming the Women’s.
It was a great weekend for Team GOODE as its skiers won a couple big tournaments and set a number of pending National records:
Vennesa Vieke took the SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup title at Little Mountain in North Carolina, beating Chelsea Mills 1.5@38 to 0.5@38 in the head-to-head finals to earn the win and a $2,000 cash prize.
Fellow GOODE skiers Joy Kelley and Cyndi Benzel took third and fifth, respectively at the Queens Cup, with Joy setting a pending National Womens 6 record of 1@38 and Cyndi Benzel setting a pending National Womens 7 record of 0.5@38.
Bob Hardeman scored 2@39 at the NorCal MasterCraft BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Bell Acqua Lake 3 to set a pending National Mens 8 record.
In the pro ranks, Clementine Lucine took first in Women’s slalom at the Fun Gliss Pro Am in France. Her fellow GOODE teammate Thomas Degasperi finished second in the Men’s slalom event.