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Regina claims 5th career Masters slalom title

2015 Masters Women’s slalom finalists (left to right) Clementine Lucine, Manon Costard, Regina Jaquess, and Whitney McClintock.
Photo courtesy Des Burke Kennedy.

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.

For complete results, visit masterswaterski.com.

Regina named USA Water Ski Female Athlete of the Year

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.

For more information, click here.

Chris and Regina top preliminary IWWF world rankings

The top male and female skiers in the world belong to Team GOODE as Chris Parrish and Regina Jaquess both find themselves No. 1 on the IWWF’s preliminary world rankings list.

Chris is the No. 1 ranked skier in Men’s Open with an average score of 1.5 buoys at 43 off, while Regina tops the Open Women’s list with an average of 2.75 buoys at 41 off.

Additional GOODE skiers placing in the top five of their respective divisions include: April Coble-Eller (3rd, Open Women; 1st 35+ Women); Karen Truelove (4th, Open Women; 2nd 35+ Women); Caroline Hensley (5th, Open Women); Freddie Winter (3rd, Open Men); Nick Lang (4th, Junior Men); Bailey Austin (2nd Junior Women; 3rd, U21 Women); Brooke Baldwin (5th, Junior Women); Dane Mechler (3rd, U21 Men); Brando Caruso (4th, U21 Men); Lauren Morgan (5th, U21 Women); Jeremy Newby-Ricci (2nd, 35+ Men); Jay Leach (3rd, 35+ Men); Dave Miller (3rd 45+ Men); Ben Favret (4th, 45+ Men); Lori Krueger (2nd, 45+ Women); Patrician Cordeiro (45+ Women); Shannon Strickland (45+ Women); Chet Raley (1st, 55+ Men); Bruce Dodd (4th, 55+ Men); John Shealy (5th; 55+ Men); Joy Kelley (1st, 55+ Women); Cyndi Benzel (2nd, 55+ Women); Kandise Bertelson (4th, 55+ Women); Richard Lambert (65+ Men); Jeff Wiswall (65+ Men); Bruce Epstein (4th, 65+ Men); Ruth Johnston (1st, 65+ Women); Donna Epstein (2nd, 65+ Women); and Shirley Coble (4th 65+ Women).

To view the full rankings, click here.

Freddie’s Europe and Africa record approved

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.

Freddie Winter joins 43 off club with 1 at 43

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.

Regina and April finish 1-2 at Nautique U.S. Open

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.

GOODE skiers win 6 golds, 14 medals at 35+ Worlds

Sunset Lakes was a sea of colors as the flags of 29 countries flew over last weekend’s 35+ World Water Ski Championships in Groveland, Fla. But it was orange and black that were the most conspicuous on the slalom podiums as GOODE skiers won six of eight golds and 14 of 24 slalom medals.

Team GOODE swept the top spot on all four Women’s slalom podiums, as April Coble-Eller (35+), Lori Krueger (45+), Joy Kelley (55+), and Ruth Johnston (65+) took home gold medals. Additional GOODE Women’s skiers earning medals were Florence Trible (bronze, 35+), Patrician Cordiero (bronze, 45+), Cyndi Benzel (silver, 55+), Kandise Bertelson (55+), and Shirley Coble (bronze, 65+).

On the Men’s side, Chet Raley and Richard Lambert won gold medals in Men’s 55+ and 65+, respectively. Jay Leach (bronze, 35+), Lonnie Harris (bronze, 55+) and Dennis Longo (bronze, 65+) also earned medals.

For full results, click here.

Women’s 35+
April Coble-Eller 1@39
Brenda Baldwin 2@38
Florence Trible 0.5 @38

Women’s 45+
Lori Krueger 2.5@38
Jennifer Lapoint 2.25 @38
Patricia Cordeiro 2@38

Women’s 55+
Joy Kelley 1@38
Cyndi Benzel 4.5@35
Kandise Bertelson 3@35

Women’s 65+
Ruth Johnston 2@32
Maggie Storey 3@28
Shirley Coble 3@28

Men’s 35+
Frederic Halt 3@41 (1@43 tiebreak)
Drew Ross 3@41 (3@41)
Jay Leach 3@41 (5@39)

Men’s 45+
Andy Mapple 5@41
Jeff Rodgers 4.5@41
Greg Badal 3@41

Men’s 55+
Chet Raley 3@39
Thierry Malhomme 2@39
Lonnie Harris 2@39

Men’s 65+
Richard Lambert 2@39
Jeff Wiswall 2@38
Dennis Longo 1.5@38

Freddie Winter takes second, Team GOODE scores 6 of 9 podiums at California Pro Am

If the pro water ski scene didn’t take notice back in November when he scooped up the bronze at the World Championships, it’s certainly aware of Great Britain’s Freddie Winter now after his second-place finish at last weekend’s California Pro-Am in Sacramento, Calif.

Freddie beat out a top field of pros to advance to his first-ever head-to-head professional final, where he skied a more-than respectable 3 buoys at 41 off to finish second to Nate Smith’s 0.5 at 43 off.

The showing moved Freddie into the top-five of the IWWF’s Elite Rankings List for the first time ever, raising his ranking from sixth to fourth.

Freddie’s best-ever U.S. showing was among the many highlights of the weekend for Team GOODE, as it scored six of the nine podiums spot in Men’s and Women’s pros, and Master Men’s.

World No. 1 Regina Jaquess claimed her second-consecutive Pro Am title while her fellow GOODE teammate Karen Truelove placed third.

Team GOODE swept the top-three in Master Men’s, with Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Jay Leach and Todd Ristorcelli going 1-2-3.

Freddie wins European Championships, T-Gas second

Freddie Winter continues to serve notice to the slalom world with a big victory in Europe over the weekend.

The 2013 Worlds bronze medalist added to his growing resume by winning the 2014 European Championships in Melice, Czech Republic.

Freddie scored 1-1/4 buoys at 41 off to edge fellow GOODE Team skier and multiple time World and European champion Thomas Degasperi, who scored 1 at 41. With Thomas the top seed and still to come in the final round, Freddie made an extraordinary effort (check out the video here) to get outside two ball and secure the quarter buoy that would end up being the deciding margin.

Joining Freddie and Thomas on the leaderboard were GOODE skiers Martin Bartalsky (4th with 1 @ 41), Daniel Odvarko (5th with 4.5 at 39) and Carlo Allais (6th with 3 @ 39).

On the Women’s side GOODE skiers Chaira Bonnemann took fifth in slalom, while her sister, Giannina, finished second in overall.

For complete results, click here.

Mechler, Tate and Stange take home national titles

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.

For complete results, visit waterskinationals.com.