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U.S. Athletes Win Titles At Moomba Masters

U.S. athletes Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 58th Moomba Masters International Invitational, presented by Nautique, March 9-12, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.

Lang scored 9,240 points to win the womenís tricks title over Belarusí Natallia Berdnikava (9,040 points) and Germanyís Giannina Bonnemann (8,500 points). Lang, who won Moomba Masters tricks titles in 2013 and 2014, had finished runner-up in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Siemers scored 9,920 points to win the menís tricks title over Canadaís Dorien Llewellyn (9,740 points) and Belarusí Aliaksei Zharnasek (9,660 points). It was Siemersí first victory at the Moomba Masters since 2011. He finished runner-up in 2012 and 2014, and fourth in 2017.

Smith scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to win the menís slalom title over Canadaís Stephen Neveu (2 buoys at 41 feet off) and Switzerlandís Benjamin Stadlbaur (1 buoy at 41 feet off). Smith had finished runner-up at the Moomba Masters in 2016 and 2017.

Other athletes winning titles were: Canadaís Whitney McClintock, womenís slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off); Australiaís Jacinta Carroll, womenís jumping (187 feet); Bonnemann, womenís overall (2,775.31 points); Canadaís Ryan Dodd, menís jumping (225 feet); and Great Britainís Joel Poland, menís overall (2,886.25 points).

Other U.S. athletes who advanced to the finals in respective events were: Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), second place, menís jumping (217 feet); Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.), seventh place, menís jumping (198 feet); Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.), sixth place, menís slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Franck Desboyaux (Windermere, Fla.), sixth place, menís tricks (8,020 points); Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.), fourth place, womenís slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off); and Ali Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), fifth place, womenís slalom (1 buoy at 35 feet off).

In the night competitions, Smith and Australiaís Joel Howley tied for the menís slalom title (6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off followed by 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the subsequent runoff), while Krueger won the jumping title (216 feet) over Dodd (204 feet).

Complete results can be found here: http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/18AUS320/.†
























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