GOODE skiers once again dominated the gold medal count at a Nationals as 14 slalom titles – easily more than any other ski manufacturer – were won on GOODEs at last week’s 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held at San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.
Winning national slalom titles were:
Girls 3 – Brooke Baldwin
Womens 1 – Ruth McCreary
Womens 2 – Keri McClure
Womens 3 – Lauren Malitz
Womens 4 – Stephanie Stange
Womens 5 – Joy Kelley
Womens 6 – Janie Fausold
Womens 9 – Pat Fischer
Mens 1 – Chris Kuykendall
Mens 3 – Barton Rachwal
Mens 4 – Chad Scott
Mens 5 – Greg Sund
Mens 6 – Steve Ware
Mens 7 – Steve Raphael
Additional highlights of the week included:
A Team GOODE sweep of Mens 5 as champion Greg Sund was joined on the podium by Todd Kuykendall (2nd), Jeff Nate (3rd), Tim Huston (4th), and Michael Robinson (5th). Greg, Todd and Jeff all tied for first with 3 at 39 off, with Greg winning the run off;
Junior Team member Kristen Baldwin finishing second behind her sister, Brooke, her first year in Girls 3;
GOODE skiers taking the top-four spots in Mens 6: Steve Ware (1st), Steve Binkley (2nd), Ted McColley (3rd), and Jack Mills (4th);
Back-to-back titles for Brooke, Steve Ware, Steve Raphael, and Stephanie Stange;
Two child/parent duos earning gold and silver medals as the Kuykendalls (father Todd and son Chris) and McCrearys (father Joe and daughter Ruth) each had a child finish first and parent finish second in their respective divisions; and,
Podium finishes by Luka Zazadze (Boys 1 – 4th), Griffin Stange (Boys 3 – 3rd), Blake Keller (Boys 3 – 4th), Landrie McLain (Girls 1 – 2nd), Ali Garcia (Girls 3 – 4th), Steve Grubbs (Mens 3 – 5th), Joe McCreary (Mens 4 – 2nd), Dennis Longo (Mens 8 – 4th), Bob Hardeman (Mens 8 – 5th), Greg Badal (Masters Men – 2nd), Trish Burt (Masters Women – 2nd), Brian Detrick (Open Men – 3rd), Ben Favret (Open Men – 5th), Megan Lambert (Womens 1 – 5th), Lori Krueger (Womens 4 – 2nd), Carol Brooks (Womens 5 – 2nd), and Shirley Coble (Womens 8 – 3rd).
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The first round of the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge almost ended up with the event’s biggest ever upset, as No. 1 seed Dave Miller and No. 16 Ben Favret tied, with Dave eventually earning the win once the back-up tiebreaker score was applied.
And Ben used an interesting approach to make it that close. He scored 3@39 – but at 36 mph – to put up his June best score of 111 buoys, tying Dave’s score of 3@41 at 34 mph. Unfortunately for Ben his second-highest score of June – 3@38, 36 mph – was not enough to top Dave’s back-up of 2@41, 34mph, so, Dave advances.
Another high seed who resorted to a tiebreaker score to advance was No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci, who needed two scores of 2@41 on the VERY LAST DAY OF JUNE to tie No. 12 Tim Huston, who also got 2@41. Jeremy won the tiebreaker, 2@41 to 0.5@38 for Tim.
One upset that did take place was No. 13 Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach. Todd scored 1@41 to beat Jay’s 3@39, although Jay’s tournament schedule in June was unusually light due to a family vacation.
The rest of the field went according to seeds:
No. 2 Greg Badal faced a tough test from No. 15 Chet Raley, but emerged with a 3@41 to 1@41 win;
No. 3 Regina Jaquess also faced a stiff challenge from No. 14 Jeff Milford, but won 1.5@41 to 0.5@41;
No. 6 Chad Scott scored 2@41 to take down No. 11 Marc Shaw, who only managed 3@39 as one of his best opportunities in June – the France Big Dawg stop – turned sour after his ski didn’t arrive in time for the tournament;
No. 7 Kevin Bishop took out the event’s youngest skier, No. 10 Brooke Baldwin, 1.5@41 to 2@39;
No. 8 Kyle Tate had a great score of 2@41 to advance past No. 9 Greg Sund, who did not post a score in June due to injury.
That sets up the following Round 2 matches:
No. 1 Dave Miller vs. No. 8 Kyle Tate
No. 2 Greg Badal vs. No. 7 Kevin Bishop
No. 3 Regina Jaquess vs. No. 6 Chad Scott
No. 13 Todd Kuykendall vs. No. 5 Jeremy Newby-Ricci
Of the 385 brackets submitted in the online fan contest, only seven brackets remain perfect. An additional 75 only have one blemish on their bracket.
View the updated brackets here and the online contest standings here.
The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back, once again pitting many of the world’s best 34 mph water skiers against each other in head-to-head match-ups and testing fans’ skiing knowledge with an March-Madness like contest.
World champions and record holders, up-and-coming stars, Senior Worlds and Big Dawg champs, and perennial National title contenders. The 2017 Bracket Challenge is loaded. Click here to see the full field of 16.
Like previous years, there will be some serious prizes on the line for the top finishers in the online fan contest. The overall winner will win a free GOODE RéV 6 or Nano 1/XT, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive prize packages from GOODE’s online store.
But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Submit your bracket here, or click here for more information about how the online contest works.
Chad Scott saved his best for last at the Big Dawg World Tour stop held last weekend at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C., coming from behind as the No. 12 seed to run 39-1/2 feet off three straight times on his way to the win over a talented field.
Chad and his ReV 6 beat Don Aschenbrenner, Greg Badal and Jeff Rodgers to advance to the finals, where he topped fellow GOODE skier Greg Sund (2.25 at 41 to 0.5 at 41) to earn the win. Jeff finished third while GOODE skier Tim Huston finished fourth.
Overall, GOODE skiers comprised 10 of the Sweet 16, five of the Elite 8 and three of the Final Four.
For full results from Little Mountain, click here.
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.
Dave Miller defeated a stacked field of competitors yesterday at Cedar Ridge Lake in Canton, Mississippi, to win his second-consecutive Nautique Big Dawg World Tour event.
Dave, who won the Mexico stop in April, ran the 39-1/2 feet off pass all six times during the weekend. In the final round, he scored 4 buoys at 41-feet off, the tournament’s highest single score, to beat Harald Hintringer (0.5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).
Ten of the Sweet 16 skiers were on GOODE, as were four of the Elite 8 (Chet Raley, Todd Johnson and Tim Huston) and two of the Final Four. In that round, Dave (1.5 buoys at 41-feet off) edged Chet (1 buoy at 41-feet off) to advance to the finals. Click here for the Sweet 16 bracket results and here for the preliminaries.
While his skiing was exceptional, perhaps the most amazing part of Dave’s weekend was the ski he did it on. On Thursday, Dave designed his own custom graphics for a new Nano OneXT using the GOODE Online Designer Tool. The ski was built and shipped to him on Friday. He mounted it up and won with it a mere three days after ordering it.
Expect big scores as a stacked field of skiers will hit the recently-becoming-legendary waters of Cedar Ridge Lakes as the second stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour takes place this weekend in Canton, Miss.
The site of two of Regina Jaquess’ world records, including the pending one she set earlier this month, Cedar Ridge is gaining a reputation for huge scores. At the 2013 Big Dawg event held there, 39-1/2 feet off was ran 15 times by 13 different skiers.
Team GOODE will be looking to add its second Big Dawg title of the year, as Dave Miller won the first stop in Mexico in April. More than half of this weekend’s field, including the top five seeds (Miller, Jay Leach, Chet Raley, Chad Scott and Tim Huston) are on GOODE.
The third stop on the 2013 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour – and the first in North America – hit the famed waters of Cedar Ridge Lake in Canton, Miss., last weekend and the scores did not disappoint. The 39-1/2 feet off loop was successfully completed an unbelievable 28 times.
Greg Badal took the title with 2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the final, topping Goode Skier Tim Huston by two buoys in the head-to-head match up. Huston’s fellow Goode Skier Ben Favret was third.
The second day of the tournament started off extremely well for Team Goode as it placed 10 skiers in the Sweet 16 and six in the Elite 8, but in the end it was Greg who took home the title – his second consecutive after winning the Big Dawg event at the Moomba Masters in Australia last March.
There are two more stops on the Big Dawg World Tour – Baurech, France (July 6-7) and Fenton, Mich. (July 13-14) – until the finals take place during the Goode Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 15-16. Goode skier Todd Ristorcelli is the series’ defending champion.