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Five Things To Know This Week

As we cap off the Memorial Day Weekend, letís remember to honor today Ė Memorial Day 2017 Ė the American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Here are five things to know for the week of May 29:

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Smith Wins Menís Slalom At 58th Masters

U.S. athlete Nate Smith won his fourth career Masters title.U.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the menís slalom title for the third consecutive year and fourth time in his career at the 58th Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 27-28, at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga. Smith, the lone U.S. athlete to win a title this year, needed a runoff against Great Britainís Will Asher to secure the title. After both skiers tied with 3 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals, Smith won the subsequent runoff with a score of 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Asherís 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

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Baldwin, Canepa Win Junior Masters Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.) won respective titles on Friday at the 25th Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament at Callaway Gardensí Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga.

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NSSA (WI Region) Driversí Clinics Scheduled

The Wisconsin Region of the National Show Ski Association will hold drivers' clinics in June. Please verify with the respective contacts if you are attending. If you are planning to attend as a student, please make sure to bring some skiers who can help. We will need names of drivers planning to test at least a week prior. Anyone who is upgrading his or her rating, the clinic will count toward your continuing education credit.†

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IWWF Approves Sedlmajerís World Record

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federationís Tournament Council has approved the pending world overall record of 2,820.79 points set by Adam Sedlmajer (Czech Republic) at the 2017 Isles Spring Invitational on April 21 at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

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Midwest Region Wins Collegiate All-Stars

The National Collegiate Water Ski Associationís Midwest Region won the coveted team title for the fourth consecutive year at the 36th Collegiate All-Stars Water Ski Championships, May 20-21, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. Hosted by the Bullneck Lake Ski Club and the University of Alabama and University of Arkansas water ski teams, the two-day event included the top-10 men and top-10 women from each of the NCWSA's four regions vying for the regional team title and individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

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Gay, Zharnasek Set Pending World Records

U.S. athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Belarusí Aliaksei Zharnasek each set pending world tricks records on Saturday at the 2017 Sunset Cup and Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Jack Traversí International Tournament Skiing at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. Gay set a pending womenís world tricks record of 10,880 points, while Zharnasek set a pending menís world tricks record of 12,610 points. Both athletes hold the current womenís and menís world tricks records, respectively. The records were set behind the Ski Nautique 200.

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AWSA Seeks Volunteer Programmers

The American Water Ski Association is seeking volunteer programmers to help maintain some key systems that run the organization's tournament scores and rankings lists. The behind-the-scenes database platform is Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

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AWSA Accepting Bids For 2019 Nationals

The American Water Ski Association is currently accepting bids for the 2019 Water Ski National Championships. The deadline to submit a bid is July 1, 2017.

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Deadline Extended For U21 Team Notification

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee has extended the deadline for skiers to submit a ďNotification of InterestĒ for the 2017 Under 21 World Championships to be held July 13-16, 2017 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.†Under this extended deadline, qualified skiers who are interested in being selected as a member of this U.S. Team, or who wish to be entered to ski as an independent U.S. athlete,†must notify the IAC of their interest not later than May 28, 2017.†All Notifications of Interest should be sent to Larry Downes (larrydownes@miamioh.edu) and Jerry Bautsch (jwbautsch@gmail.com). No Notifications of Interest will be accepted after May 28, 2017.†

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Smith, Jaquess Win Swiss Pro Slalom Titles

U.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith set a pending men's world slalom record of 3 buoys at 43 feet off on Sunday at the Swiss Pro Slalom in Clermont, Fla. Photography by Lynn Novakofski.U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the menís and womenís slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the 3rd annual Swiss Pro Slalom at the Swiss Ski School in Clermont, Fla. Smith set a pending world record of 3 buoys at 43 feet off in the finals to clinch the menís title, while Jaquess, the only female to run the 39-1/2 off pass in the tournament Ė and she did it all three rounds Ė scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals to win the womenís title.

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Rodgers Wins Nautique Big Dawg Stop No. 1

The first stop of the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by OíBrien, was held Saturday and Sunday at the Greater Miami Ski Club in Miami, Fla., with U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) winning the event. Rodgers and fellow U.S. athlete Ben Favret needed a runoff to settle the title. After both skiers tied with scores of 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the final, Rodgers scored 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Favretís 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the subsequent runoff.

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IWWF Hall To Induct Three U.S. Athletes

The International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation has announced that Kristi Overton-Johnson, Kris LaPoint and Ron Scarpa, all current members of the USA Water Ski Foundationís Water Ski Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the International Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 during the 2017 Water Ski World Championships in Choisy-Le-Roi near Paris, France. Greeceís Angeliki Andriopoulou will be the other inductee.

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In Memoriam: Janelle Kirtley-Godfrey

Jane Ellen "Janelle" Kirtley-Godfrey, age 73, of Quinton, Ala., died peacefully at home on April 28, 2017. Janelle was born Dec. 8, 1943 in Birmingham to the late Robert H. Kirtley and the late Mary Leona Perry Kirtley. Under the guidance of her parents, Janelle became a skilled water skier, and began competing in water skiing tournaments in 1956. In 1959, at the age of 15, she competed with the U.S. Women's National Water Ski team in Milan, Italy. She went on to win the overall competition in the Masters Water Ski Tournament in 1960. She won the womenís world slalom title in 1961, and the tricks and slalom titles in 1963. She also performed in ski shows at Cypress Gardens.

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