In a year of successfully defended titles and winning streaks, Regina Jaquess added another major water ski title to her 2015 season today in Orlando as she won her second-straight U.S. Open Women’s slalom title.
Heading into the final round as the second seed behind No. 1 seed Whitney McClintock, Regina emerged on top of a finals field that included her fellow Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine (third) and Brooke Baldwin (fifth). Regina’s win extends her pro tournament unbeaten streak to 16 months and certainly makes her the favorite heading into next month’s World Championships in Mexico.
Brooke’s top-5 finish in one of the year’s premiere events is another significant milestone in the 14-year old’s breakout first season competing in the pro ranks, after netting her first pro podium earlier this summer at the Swiss Slalom Pro.
In the Big Dawg World Tour Finals held in conjunction with the U.S. Open, three of the Final Four spots were taken by GOODE skiers, as were 11 of the Sweet 16. In the end, Jeff Rodgers edged Team GOODE’s Ben Favret, 3 buoys on the four-ball course to Ben’s 2 at 41. GOODE skiers Tim Huston and Todd Johnson faced off against each other to decide third place, with Tim’s 2 at 39 off ultimately beating Todd by a half buoy.
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.
Team GOODE continues it’s hot streak as it took half of the slalom podiums at this week’s Mastercraft Pro Water Ski Shootout in Calgary, Canada.
GOODE’s Nick Parsons took third in Men’s slalom, finishing behind champion Nate Smith and Will Asher. Nick earned a spot in the final-three matchup by posting a great score of 3 buoys at 41-feet off, which was tied for that round’s highest score. The podium finish is his second in less than a year, after also finishing third at the Diablo Shores Pro Am last fall.
Fellow Team GOODE skier Freddie Winter barely missed out on a top-three finish, taking fourth with 2.5 buoys at 41-feet off, while GOODE newcomer Daniel Odvarko and Thomas Degasperi also advanced to the eight-skier finals.
On the Women’s side, April Coble-Eller and Karen Truelove took second and third, respectively, while Whitney McClintock finished first. Heading into the final-three matchup, April was tied with Whitney for top score with 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.
The great results for Team GOODE come days after it claimed three titles and numerous podiums at the Malibu Open, and comes in a season in which Thomas claimed both the Moomba and Masters titles, and Regina Jaquess (who did not compete at the Mastercraft Shootout) won the Masters and Malibu Open titles.
Led by Regina Jaquess’ Malibu Open three-peat, Team GOODE took three titles and numerous podiums this past weekend at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wis.
Regina defeated Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head finals to claim the Open Women’s slalom title for the third-consecutive year, while her fellow teammates April Coble-Eller (3rd) and Karen Truelove (4th) also skied well in advancing to the Final Four.
In Open Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi and Chris Parrish both advanced to the Final Four on the way to taking third and fourth, respectively. Nate Smith earned the title with K.C. Wilson having his best showing as a pro with a second-place finish.
Junior GOODE skiers continue to excel in 2014, as both Dane Mechler (under 21 Men’s slalom) and Bailey Austin (under 17 girls) each took home titles. The Under 21 Men’s event was a sweep for GOODE skiers as Daniel Di Pol and Sam Greenwood joined Dane on the podium, finishing second and third, respectively. Other GOODE skiers with top-3 finishes included Erika Lang (3rd, under 21 Women’s), Nick Lang (under 17 Boy’s) and Zach Montavon (under 17 Boy’s).
Regina Jaquess took gold to lead a Team GOODE sweep of Open Women’s slalom as the 2014 Pan Am Championships concluded today in Bogota, Colombia.
Regina scored 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off feet off to set a new Pan Am Championships Women’s record and earn the win. Caroline Hensley (5 at 38) and Erika Lang (4 at 35) finished second and third, respectively, to complete the Team GOODE sweep.
Regina joins Lori Krueger and Dave Miller as gold medalist GOODE skiers, as they won Women’s and Men’s 45-plus slalom, respectively, earlier in the competition.