WATER SKIING: Parrish Wins Men's Slalom Title At 49th Moomba Masters U.S. water ski athlete Chris Parrish (Orlando, Fla.) won the menís slalom title Monday at the 49th Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia.
POLK CITY, Fla. Ė U.S. water ski athlete Chris Parrish (Orlando, Fla.) won the menís slalom title Monday at the 49th Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia. Parrish, 30, scored 1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to clinch his second consecutive and third career Moomba title.
ďCongratulations to Chris Parrish and all of the other U.S. athletes on their accomplishments at the Moomba Masters,Ē said Steve Locke, USA Water Skiís executive director. ďIt is an honor having such talented individuals representing our sport and our organization.Ē
U.S. athletes Alex Lauretano (Morris, Conn./Winter Garden, Fla.), Ty Oppenlander (Winter Park, Fla.), Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.), Jonathan Travers (Groveland, Fla.) and Nick Parsons (Bountiful, Utah) also advanced to the finals in respective events. Lauretano finished second in womenís tricks and sixth in womenís jumping; Oppenlander placed third in menís slalom; Worden placed seventh in menís jumping; and Travers and Parsons tied for seventh in menís slalom.
In other events, Canadaís Jaret Llewellyn won menís jumping; Denmarkís June Fladborg won womenís jumping; Belarusí Aliaksei Zharnasek won menís tricks; Franceís Clementine Lucine won womenís tricks; and Franceís Anais Amade won womenís slalom. For scores and more information, visit www.USAWATERSKI.org.
U.S. water ski athlete Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) won titles in girls' jumping and overall last Thursday at the 2009 Junior Moomba Masters, held at the same venue. Morgan also finished runner-up in tricks and sixth in slalom. Morgan, a member of the 2008 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team and the lone U.S. athlete competing in the Junior Moomba Masters, won the jumping event with a distance of 131 feet (39.9 meters) and finished runner-up in tricks with a score of 3,850 points. She clinched the overall title with scores of 1-1/2 buoys at 28 feet off in slalom, 3,910 points in tricks and 131 feet (39.9 meters) in jumping.
USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Water Ski Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.