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11 Athletes Win Overall Titles On Day 2 Of GOODE Nationals

The 76th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships continued Wednesday at the Mystic Lakes Ski Club in Maize, Kan., with 11 athletes winning national overall titles in respective divisions. More than 720 water ski athletes – the largest field of competitors at the Nationals since 2010 – 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 five-day tournament that culminates Saturday. To view the scorebook, click here. Live unoffical scoring can be viewed at www.waterskiresults.com.

Advancement to the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify 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 & Wake Sports, and the Mystic Lakes Ski Club are hosting the tournament.

National overall titles awarded on Wednesday were: Men 5 overall: Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), 2,883.30 points; Men 6 overall: Dee Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), 2,301.9 points; Men 7 overall: Hank Combs (Casper, Wyo.), 1,957.9 points; Men 8 overall: Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.), 3,110.8 points; Men 9 overall: Carroll “Bud” Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 1,742.6 points; Men 10 overall: Floyd McCreight (Buda, Texas), 2,150.0 points; Men 11 overall: Harry Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 948.2 points; Women 5 overall: Mary Koenig (Groveland, Fla.), 2,934.2 points; Women 6 overall: Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), 4,739.1 points; Women 7 overall: Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.), 2,657.4 points; and Women 8 overall: Janet Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 1,778.6 points.

Among the other highlights on Wednesday: Samuel Ingram (Swanton, Md.) won the Men 5 national slalom title after a runoff with Kreg Korinek (Queen Creek, Ariz.). After both skiers tied with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off, Ingram won the subsequent runoff with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off to Korinek’s 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off. It was Ingram’s second career national slalom title. He won Men 4 in 2007. Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.) won the Boys 3 national slalom title for the second consecutive year, scoring 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. He was the only competitor in the 48-skier division to the run 38 off pass. Siblings Cameron, Emma and Freddy Davis (Milford, Va.) each won respective national titles. Cameron won Girls 1 slalom, Emma won Girls 2 tricks and Freddy won Boys 1 tricks.

Wednesday’s (Day 2) National Champions

Boys 3 slalom: Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.), 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Girls 3 slalom: Kristen Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), 3 buoys at 38 feet off; Girls 2 jumping: TBD; Men 9 slalom: George Adams (Barrington, N.H.), 4-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off; Girls 1 slalom: Cameron Davis (Milford, Va.), 1 buoy at 28 feet off; Men 5 slalom: Samuel Ingram (Swanton, Md.), 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Women 7 slalom: Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.), 2 buoys at 35 feet off; Women 8 slalom: Gwendola Wamhoff (Hope, Mich.), 2 buoys at 28 feet off; Men 10 slalom: Bruce Kunde (Sterling, Ill.), 1-1/2 buoys at 28 feet off; Men 11 slalom: Harry Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 3-1/2 buoys at 75 feet/Long Line; Women 6 slalom and overall: Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off/4,739.1 points; Men 6 tricks: Dee Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), 2,320 points; Men 7 tricks: Bruce Kistler (Winter Haven, Fla.), 2,570 points; Men 8 tricks: Stan Switzer (Mulberry, Fla.), 2,660 points; Women 5 tricks: Libby Van Trees (Sidney, Ohio), 2,800 points; Girls 2 tricks: Emma Davis (Milford, Va.), 3,860 points; Boys 1 tricks: Freddy Davis (Milford, Va.), 2,520 points; Boys 2 tricks: Jake Abelson (Holderness, N.H.), 7,340 points; Men 5 overall: Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), 2,883.30 points; Men 6 overall: Dee Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), 2,301.9 points; Men 7 overall: Hank Combs (Casper, Wyo.), 1,957.9 points; Men 8 overall: Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.), 3,110.8 points; Men 9 overall: Carroll “Bud” Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 1,742.6 points; Men 10 overall: Floyd McCreight (Buda, Texas), 2,150.0 points; Men 11 overall: Harry Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 948.2 points; Women 5 overall: Mary Koenig (Groveland, Fla.), 2,934.2 points; Women 7 overall: Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.), 2,657.4 points; and Women 8 overall: Janet Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 1,778.6 points.

The Mystic Lakes Ski Club, which includes three world-record capability water ski lakes, has previously hosted the Midwest Regional Water Ski Championships, Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships and Barefoot Water Ski National Championships. It marks the first time that the state of Kansas has hosted the Water Ski National Championships. GOODE Skis, a gold level sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, has been the title sponsor of the Nationals since 2000.

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

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.