Dane Mechler and Tyler Scott finished first and second as Team GOODE took the top two spots in Men’s 1 slalom at the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships.
Competing in his first year in Men’s 1, Dane posted a huge score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off to win his first national title. His score would have taken third in Open Men, which Dane plans to ski in next year.
GOODE skiers took home two other titles on day 2 of Nationals, as Cooper Tate finished first in Boy’s 1 slalom and Griffin Stange won the title in Boy’s 2.
This weekend’s tournament at Cedar Ridge Lakes in Canton, Miss., was a record breaking one for Team GOODE as a world and four national records were set by GOODE skiers.
Regina Jaquess set a pending Women’s world slalom record (and U.S. national record) with 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. If approved by the IWWF, the new mark would exceed the current record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off she set in June 2012.
Chet Raley scored 4 buoys at 41-feet off to set a pending Men’s 5 U.S. National record. If approved, the record would best the existing one of 3 buoys at that line length co-held by Chet (2012) and fellow GOODE skier Tim Huston (2013).
Brooke Baldwin rounded 6 buoys at 38-feet off to set a pending Girls 2 national record. Her mark tops the current record of 5 at 38 set by GOODE skier Ruth McCreary in 2012.
And Cooper Tate’s annihilation of the Boys 1 record book continued this weekend as he set a new pending mark of 1 buoy at 38-feet off. Cooper entered the 2014 season focused on beating the national record of 3 buoys at 35-feet co-held by Brian Detrick (1999), Tyler Scott (2002) and Zane Nicholson (2004). In his first tournament of the year he broke it with 4 buoys at 35-feet off, and has preceded to up it a few more times with plenty of summer left to take it even further.