After a disappointing second-place finish at the 2014 Masters, Regina Jaquess returned to Callaway Gardens this year with one goal in mind: reclaiming the Women’s slalom title. Welp … mission accomplished.
Regina topped Manon Costard in a run-off during Sunday’s final round to earn the win and claim her fifth career Women’s slalom title. The two skiers tied with 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off in the finals, but Regina’s run off score of 4-1/2 at 38 was enough to top Manon’s 1-1/2 at 38 on a windy and challenging Robin Lake. Whitney McClintock finished third while Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine advanced to the finals and finished fourth.
In Men’s slalom, Nate Smith edged Freddie Winter for the title, while two Team GOODE skiers – recent addition Daniel Odvarko and defending champion Thomas Degasperi – took third and fourth, respectively. Daniel’s impressive showing came in his very first Masters and his first big tournament after joining GOODE. Thomas looked to be in good form to defend his title, but injured his back during the semifinals and was unable to attempt a pass in the finals.
Of the eight spots available in the slalom finals, Team GOODE skiers earned four while winning one of two titles.
In the Junior ranks, GOODE Junior Team skier Brooke Baldwin took home both the Junior Women’s slalom and overall titles.
Chad Scott topped Dave Miller in the head-to-head finals and six of the Elite 8 rode GOODEs as the first stop in the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour concluded today at Ski Paradise in Acapulco, Mexico.
Chad scored 5 at 39-1/2 off to Dave’s 3.5 at the same rope length to earn the win. Fellow GOODE skiers Bruce Dodd finished third, Marc Shaw fourth, Greg Badal sixth, and Todd Ristorcelli seventh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.