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Four GOODE skiers land in top 5 at Moomba

Karen Truelove was joined by two relative newcomers as Team GOODE placed three of the top five finishers in Women’s slalom at the Moomba Masters. Meanwhile, Thomas Degasperi racked up his 6th career Top-5 finish on the unpredictable waters of downtown Melbourne’s Yarra River.

Karen scored 2.5 buoys at 35-feet off to place fourth. Fellow Team GOODE skiers Vennesa Vieke (2.5 at 35) and Ali Garcia (1 at 35 off) finished third and fourth, respectively, to give the event a decidedly new look.  Whitney McClintock (3 at 38) took home first while Manon Costard (2.5 at 38) was second.

Vennesa’s showing put her in the 13th spot on the IWWF’s Elite Rankings list, the first time she has ever appeared on it. Her previous best showing at a major tournament was her win at last year’s SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup.

Over the last couple years Ali has transformed from talented junior to a contender at major professional tournaments.  After this weekend’s Moomba results she is now ranked No. 10 on the IWWF Women’s Elite Rankings list, giving Team GOODE seven of the top-10 spots.  She also took home second place in the Junior Moomba event.

Thomas saved his best for the last round, posting a score of 1 buoy at 41-feet off to finish fifth.  The rest of the top five was Nate Smith (3 at 41), Stephen Neveu (2 at 41), Benjamin Stadlbaur (1 at 41), and Will Asher (1 at 41).

Team GOODE also fared well in the overall event, as Giannina Bonnemann took home the Women’s crown, while Dorien Llewellyn finished second in the Mens event.

For full Moomba results, click here.

A GOODE weekend: National records and big victories

It was a great weekend for Team GOODE as its skiers won a couple big tournaments and set a number of pending National records:

  • Vennesa Vieke took the SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup title at Little Mountain in North Carolina, beating Chelsea Mills 1.5@38 to 0.5@38 in the head-to-head finals to earn the win and a $2,000 cash prize.
  • Fellow GOODE skiers Joy Kelley and Cyndi Benzel took third and fifth, respectively at the Queens Cup, with Joy setting a pending National Womens 6 record of 1@38 and Cyndi Benzel setting a pending National Womens 7 record of 0.5@38.
  • Bob Hardeman scored 2@39 at the NorCal MasterCraft BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Bell Acqua Lake 3 to set a pending National Mens 8 record.
  • In the pro ranks, Clementine Lucine took first in Women’s slalom at the Fun Gliss Pro Am in France. Her fellow GOODE teammate Thomas Degasperi finished second in the Men’s slalom event.