Regina Jaquess became the first ever Women’s slalom skier to run 39 off at the Masters, scoring 1 buoy at 41 to set a new course record. The mark beats the previous course record of 5 at 39 set last year by Whitney McClintock.
“Robin Lake is kind of born into me and for me it is amazing that I got to break the record here on Robin Lake, and have it and be the first one to run 39 off,” Regina told local TV station WLTZ. “I’ve been here pretty much my whole life, literally, because my mom was on the beach when I was in her belly about two weeks away from being born.”
With the course record coming in the semifinals, the top-seeded Regina was the last skier off the dock and scored 2 at 39, tying her with Manon Costard and forcing a run off. Electing to go first Regina had an uncharacteristic early fall at 38, scoring 2.5 buoys. Manon got a full three at that line length to win her first ever Masters title, with Regina taking second. Whitney McClintock was third with 1 at 39, while Brooke Baldwin placed fourth after missing her opening gates at the same line length.
Dave Miller outlasted runner-up Greg Badal to win the first stop of the 2018 Big Dawg World Tour and Greg Sund finished fourth as GOODE XTRs occupied three of the top four positions. Jeff Rodgers finished 3rd.
Dave beat Jodi Fisher, top-seed Harald Hintringer and Greg Sund to advance to the finals, while Greg Badal had to get past Jason Seels, Fred Halt and Jeff to reach the final pairing.
After waiting out a rain storm, Dave edged Greg by one buoy with a score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to earn the victory.
The weekend was a successful one for GOODE skiers, as they made up nine of the Sweet 16, 5 of the Elite 8 and three of the Final Four. Additional GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 were Bruce Dodd, Mark Menasci, Chet Raley, Tim Huston, and Chad Scott.
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.
Five GOODE skiers find themselves in the top 10 after the first round of Women’s slalom at the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia.
Karen Truelove (2nd), Vennesa Vieke (4t), Breanne Dodd (6), Ali Garcia (7), and Giannina Bonnermann (10) all punched their tickets to Saturday’s semi finals. Whiteny McClintock was the top qualifier with 4 buoys at 38-feet off, just one buoy ahead of Karen.
The top Men’s slalom skiers will hit the Yarra river tomorrow (Friday evening in the U.S.) with Thomas Degasperi, Felipe Miranda and Dorien Llewellyn among the skiers representing Team GOODE.
On Thursday Ali took home second place in the Junior Moombs girls event.
For complete scores and event schedule, click here. Click here for the online broadcast.
Believe it or not the 2018 professional water ski season kicks off this weekend with the first of two major events in Australia.
The Latrobe City International Open will be held Saturday and Sunday, offering a Men’s pro slalom competition, along with a unique Men’s and Women’s Open overall event. Team GOODE’s Felipe Miranda and Dorien Llewellyn will be competing in the Men’s overall division, while fellow team members Giannina Bonnemann and Natalia Bernikava will ski in the Women’s overall division.
The following week the famed Moomba Masters and Jr. Moomba Masters will return to the venerable waters of the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne. The Jr. Moomba event will be held Wednesday and Thursday (March 7-8), while the pro skiers will hit the water Friday through the following Monday (March 9-12).
Thomas Degasperi will be looking to successfully defend his 2017 Moomba title, while fellow Team GOODE skiers who are also expected to compete include Karen Truelove, Breanne Dodd, Erika Lang, and Miranda, Llewellyn and Bonnemann.
For more information about both events, click here.
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.