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Gay, Krueger Win Nautique Moomba Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 59th Nautique Moomba Masters International Invitational, March 8-11, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.

Gay won the womenís tricks title, scoring 10,010 points in the finals. Canadaís Neilly Ross placed second (9,420 points) and U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) finished third (9,150 points).

Krueger won the menís jumping title, soaring 218 feet in the finals. Chileís Rodrigo Miranda placed second (216 feet) and Russiaís Igor Morozov finished third (214 feet).

Other athletes winning titles were: Giannina Bonnemann (Germany), womenís overall (2,722.54 points); Jacinta Carroll (Australia), womenís jumping (184 feet); Thomas Degasperi (Italy), menís slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off); Martin Kolman (Czech Republic), menís tricks (10,930 points) and overall (2,885.18 points); and Whitney McClintock (Canada), womenís slalom (4 buoys at 38 feet off).

Other U.S. athletes who advanced to the finals in respective events were: Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), who finished sixth in jumping (139 feet), sixth in tricks (6,170 points) and second overall (2,495.09 points); Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), who placed fourth in menís jumping (214 feet); Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), who finished third in menís tricks (9,750 points); Lauren Morgan (Seattle, Wash.), who placed second in womenís jumping (170 feet); and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.), who finished runner-up in menís slalom after a run-off with Degasperi. After both skiers tied with 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals, Degasperi won the subsequent run-off by scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Smithís Ĺ buoy at 39-1/2 feet off.

Complete results can be found at http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/19AUS322/.

In the Moomba Night Jump & Slalom events, Krueger won jumping with a distance of 216 feet, while Smith won slalom with a score of 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Complete results from the night events can be found at http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/19AUS321/.




















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