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17 Athletes Win Titles On Day 1 Of GOODE Water Ski Nationals

The 75th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships kicked off Wednesday at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, with 17 athletes winning national titles in respective divisions and events. More than 600 water ski athletes from across the United States are competing for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions during the four-day tournament that culminates Saturday. To view the complete scorebook, click here. To view unofficial live scoring throughout the week, click here. To view the updated tournament schedule (revised 8/9/17), click here (PDF).

Advancement to the Water Ski National Championships – the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament – is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals. The American Water Ski Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, and the San Marcos River Ranch are hosting the tournament.

Among the highlights on Wednesday, Barton Rachwal (Waterford, Mich.) and Rebecca Bartlett (Wolfeboro, N.H.) each won their first career national titles. Rachwal won Men 3 slalom, while Bartlett won Women 3 jumping. Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.) won national titles in Women 5 slalom and jumping.

Wednesday’s (Day 1) National Champions

Men 3 Slalom: Barton Rachwal (Waterford, Mich.), 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Men 4 Slalom: Chad Scott (Covington, La.), 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Men 6 Slalom: Steve Ware (Phoenix, Ariz.), 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Men 7 Slalom: Steve Raphael (Southlake, Texas), 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Men 8 Slalom: Skip Dunlap (Lake Wales, Fla.), 4 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 10 Slalom: Roger Wahl (Prior Lake, Minn.), 4 buoys at 75 feet/long line; Men 11 Slalom: Harry Price De Leon Springs, Fla.), 1-1/2 buoys at 75 feet/long line; Women 4 Slalom: Stephanie Stange (Sherman, Texas), 3 buoys at 35 feet off; Men 3 Jumping: Graham Fizer (Talking Rock, Ga.), 173 feet; Men 5 Jumping: Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), 137 feet; Men 8 Jumping: Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.), 69 feet; Men 9 Jumping: Carrol "Bud" Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 36 feet; Women 3 Jumping: Rebecca Bartlett (Wolfeboro, N.H.), 89 feet; Women 5 slalom and Jumping: Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), 116 fee/2 buoys at 38 feet offt; Women 6 Jumping: Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), 70 feet; Women 7 Jumping: Brenda Cavenaugh (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), 39 feet; and Women 8 Jumping: Janice Prociw (Carter Lake, Iowa), 40 feet.

Competition continues Thursday at 7 a.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

The San Marcos River Ranch, a private water ski development featuring four world record-capability water ski lakes, is located between Austin and San Antonio along the San Marcos River. It previously hosted the 2014 GOODE Water Ski National Championships. GOODE Skis, a gold level sponsor of USA Water Ski, has been the title sponsor of the Nationals since 2000.

The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.