U.S. Athletes Win Junior Moomba Titles
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 03/06/2014 07:10:38
- In: Water Skiing
U.S. water ski athletes Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Erika Lang
(Gilbert, Ariz.) won titles in respective events Thursday at the 2014 Junior Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia. Five U.S. athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the annual event held on the Yarra River. For complete results, click here
Placement in the Junior Moomba Masters is based on a two-round scoring total. Lang won girls' tricks and overall, Austin won girls' slalom and Garcia won boys' jumping.
Austin won girls' slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 32 feet off in the first round and 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off in the second round. Lang (4-1/2 at 32 feet off/1 at 35 feet off) finished runner-up and Australia's Stephanie Griffiths (3 at 32 feet off/4-1/2 at 32 feet off) was third. U.S. athlete Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed fourth (3 at 32 off/4 at 28 off).
Garcia won boys' jumping with distances of 176 feet and 179 feet. Australia's Josh Briant finished runner-up with distances of 160 feet and 169 feet. U.S. athlete Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) placed third with distances of 169 feet and 157 feet.
Lang won girls' tricks for the fourth consecutive year, scoring 5,300 points in the first round and 8,220 points in the second round. Malaysia's Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (5,600 points/5,920 points) finished second and Australia's Katelyn Miller (4,000 points/4,520 points) was third. Austin and Morgan placed sixth and eighth, respectively.
Lang also won girls' overall for the second consecutive year, tallying 2,931.03 points. Griffiths placed second with 2,183.04 points and Miller was third with 2,113.02 points. Morgan (2,091.77 points) placed fifth.
In girls’ jumping, Griffiths won the title with distances of 116 feet and 119 feet. Lang placed second with distances of 114 feet and 110 feet. New Zealand's Jasmine Hiini was third with distances of 108 feet and 107 feet. Morgan (102 feet/101 feet) placed sixth.
In boys' tricks, Briant (10,150 points/11,200 points) won the title, followed by Nick Lang with 6,680 points/7,160 points, and Australia's Adam Potts (5,850 points/6,490 points). Garcia (4,860 points/4510 points) placed fifth.
In boys' slalom, Briant won the title with scores of 2 at 38 off and ˝ at 38 off. Australia's Craig Jeude placed second with scores of 3 at 35 off and 2 at 38 off, and Garcia was third with scores of 1 at 38 off and 3-1/2 at 35 off. Nick Lang placed fifth with scores of 1 at 35 off and 3 at 35 off.
Briant also won the boys' overall title tallying 2,910.14 points. Nick Lang placed second with 2,435.79 points and Garcia was third with 2,411.20 points.
For more information, visit www.moombamasters.com.au.