Team GOODE’s Dane Mechler has been named the 2016 USA Water Ski Male Athlete of the Year.
Dane was selected on the strength of his championship-winning performances at the World University Water Ski Championships, Collegiate Water Ski Nationals (tie), Collegiate All-Stars and South Central Collegiate Regionals. He also scored a new PB of 3 buoys at 41-feet off.
The U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team earned USA Water Ski’s 2016 Team of the Year honors. The team included GOODE skiers Janie Fausold, Renee Jaquess and Lori Krueger. Krueger was also honored as USA Water Ski’s Coach of the Year.
Regina Jaquess’ pending Women’s world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off has been approved by the IWWF’s tournament council. (Watch her record-breaking performance here.)
Set while riding the 2017 Nano 1 on November 5th at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla., the new record surpasses Regina’s own world record of 3-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off she set in 2014.
The new record is her seventh world slalom record of her career, with her first coming in 2009.
From the Open ranks to the Under 13 divisions, GOODE skiers peppered the slalom and overall podiums throughout last week’s Pan American Championships, held in Boca Laguna Mexico.
The Championships featured nine teams from North, Central and South American competing in Open, Under 21, Under 17 and Under 13 divisions.
GOODE skiers taking home golds were Felipe Miranda (Open Men overall), Javier Julio (35+ Men slalom), Jeff Surdej (35+ Men overall), Lori Krueger (45+ Women slalom and overall) and Mark Stevens (45+ Mens slalom), while Regina Jaquess (Open Women slalom and overall), Jenna Morgan (Under 21 Women slalom and overall), Dorien Llewellyn (Open Men overall), and Kristy Kraus (35+ Women slalom) earned silver medals. Blaze Grubbs (Under 13 Boys slalom and overall), and Rodrigo Miranda (Open Men overall) earned bronzes. Surdej and Stevens also picked up a bronze medal in 35+ Men slalom and silver in 45+ Men overall, respectively.
Here’s how the team competitions ended up:
Open – Gold: Canada; Silver: United States; Bronze: Chile
Under 12 – Gold: United States; Silver: Colombia; Bronze: Chile
Under 17 – Gold: Canada; Silver: Argentina; Bronze: United States
Under 21 – Gold: United States; Silver: Canada; Bronze: Mexico
35+ – Gold: United States; Silver: Canada; Bronze: Mexico
45+ – Gold: United States; Silver: Canada; Bronze: Mexico
For team and overall results, click here. For full results, click here.
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As if to put an exclamation mark on another dominating season, Regina Jaquess set a new pending world record at this weekend’s Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.
Riding the 2017 Nano One, Regina scored 3-1/2 buys at 41-feet off to top her own current mark by a quarter buoy.
If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, it will be her seventh world slalom record, her first coming in 2009.
Less than a month after the American Water Ski Association approved her tie of the Girls 3 national slalom record, Brooke Baldwin upped the record by three full buoys and in the process became the youngest female skier ever – by a large margin – to run 39 off.
Brooke scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off at Saturday’s Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla., to set a new pending Girls 3 record and become the eighth female ever to run 39 in a sanctioned tournament.
At 16 years old, it is believed that Brooke beat the previous “youngest ever” into 41 off mark by more than five years.
The latest International Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation world rankings are out and filled with GOODE skiers.
Team GOODE skiers dominate the Open Women rankings, with seven of the top 10: 1) Regina Jaquess; 4) Brooke Baldwin; 5) Karen Truelove; 6t) Clementine Lucine; 8) Kate Adriaensen; 9) Ambre Franc; and 10) Breanne Dodd.
In Open Men, Thomas Degasperi (5), Brian Detrick (6), Adam Sedlmajer (12) and Benjamin Stadlbaur (14) all make the top-15.
In the Junior ranks, Brooke tops both the Under 21 and Junior Women rankings, while Dane Mechler is No. 1 in Under 21 Men.
Karen Truelove (35+ Women), Dave Miller (45+ Men), Joy Kelley (55+ Women), and Steve Raphael (65+ Men) all top their respective Senior lists.