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13 Athletes Win Overall Titles On Day 2 Of GOODE Nationals

The 75th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships continued Thursday at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, with 13 athletes winning national overall titles in respective divisions. 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 concludes Saturday. To view the 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 Day 2: Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), who won Women 6 jumping on Wednesday, completed a division sweep on Thursday by winning slalom, tricks and overall. Greg Sund (Stony Brook, N.Y.) won his first career national title, staking claim to the Men 5 slalom title after a three-way run-off. Sund, the top seed in the 65-skier field, tied with ninth-seeded Jeff Nate (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and second-seeded Todd Kuykendall (Enid, Okla.) with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off before out-dueling both in the subsequent runoff, Sund clinched the title outright in the runoff with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Kuykendall’s 2 at 39-1/2 feet off and Nate’s ½ at 38 feet off.

Thursday’s (Day 2) National Champions

Men 10 Tricks, Jumping and Overall: Bruce Kunde (Sterling, Ill.), 1,140 points/85 feet/12,902.7 points; Men 11 Jumping and Tricks: Elgin Faulkner (Houston, Texas), 0 feet/600 points; Men 11 Overall: Harry Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 984.5 points; Women 11 Tricks: Artis Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 200 points; Men 4 Jumping: Jody Hooten (Austin, Texas), 165 feet; Men 4 Tricks: TBD – to be posted after deemed official on Friday morning; Men 4 Overall: TBD – to be posted after deemed official on Friday morning; Women 4 Jumping: Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), 121 feet; Women 4 Tricks: TBD – to be posted after deemed official on Friday morning; Women 4 Overall: TBD – to be posted after deemed official on Friday morning; Men 6 Jumping: Paul Armour (Plano, Texas), 133 feet; Men 6 Tricks and Overall: Dee Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), 2,320 points/2,460.2 points; Men 7 Jumping and Overall: Dean Chappell (Decatur, Ill.), 112 feet/2,792.5 points; Men 7 Tricks: Daniel Morea (Gilford, N.H.), 2,230 points; Women 2 Jumping: Erin Kalkbrenner (Kansas City, Mo.), 134 feet; Masters Men Tricks: Eric Lee (San Diego, Calif.), 3,600 points; Men 3 Tricks: Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.), 3,030 points; Men 3 Overall: Graham Fizer (Talking Rock, Ga.), 2,977.6 points; Women 3 Tricks: Susie Davis (Milford, Va.), 4,370 points; Women 3 Slalom and Overall: Lauren Malitz (San Antonio, Texas), 2 buoys at 32 feet off/2,296.6 points; Women 5 Tricks: Anne Bennett (Zachary, La.), 3,400 points; Women 5 Overall: Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), 3,842.9 points; Women 6 Slalom, Tricks and Overall: Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), 3-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off/2,340 points/2,901.9 points; Women 7 Slalom, Tricks and Overall: Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.), 6 buoys at 32 feet off/2,630 points/2,940.3 points; Men 8 Tricks: Stan Switzer (Mulberry, Fla.), 2,310 points; Men 8 Overall: Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.), 2,897.7 points; Women 8 Slalom, Tricks and Overall: Janet Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 4 buoys at 22 feet off/1,680 points/2,137.4 points; Men 9 Tricks and Overall: Carrol “Bud” Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 1,320 points/1,780.6 points; Men 9 Slalom: Fred Krueger (Tower Hill, Ill.), 2-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off; Women 9 Slalom, Tricks and Overall: Pat Fischer (New Franklin, Ohio), 2 buoys at 75 feet (long line)/660 points/480 points; Men 5 Slalom: Greg Sund (Stony Brook, N.Y.), 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Men 5 Tricks: TBD – to be posted after deemed official on Friday morning; Men 5 Overall: TBD – to be posted after deemed official on Friday morning; Women 1 Tricks: Emily Dammeyer (Toledo, Ohio), 3,520 points; and Men 2 Tricks: TBD – to be posted after deemed official on Friday morning.

Competition continues Friday at 7 a.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Daily scorebooks, schedules, press releases and additional information can be found at www.waterskinationals.com.

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.