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15 Athletes Win Titles On Day 3 Of GOODE Nationals

The 76th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships continued Thursday at the Mystic Lakes Ski Club with 15 athletes winning national titles in respective divisions and events. 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.

Among the highlights on Thursday: Tianna Kosek (Buffalo, Minn.) won the Girls 3 national jumping title on her third and final attempt with a distance of 130 feet. With the lead distance at 122 feet, Kosek, the division’s top-seed, jumped 115 feet and 109 feet, respectively, on her first two attempts before soaring 130 feet (three feet shy of her personal best) on her third and final attempt to clinch the title, her first career national title. Blake Keller (New Hartford, Conn.) won the Boys 3 national jumping title for the second consecutive year, narrowly beating Will Roberts (Dow, Ill.) by just one-tenth-of-meter. Keller jumped 168 feet/51.3 meters to Roberts’ 168 feet/51.2 meters. Nicolas Nelson (Miami, Fla.) won the Boys 2 national slalom title, scoring 2 buoys at 38 feet off. He was the only athlete in the 44-skier division to run the 35 off pass.

Due to pending darkness and official reviews, some events did not finish or results were not official at the day’s end. Official final results from Boys 1 slalom and overall, and Open Men tricks were not official at day’s end and will be reported in Friday’s press release. Women 3 slalom was not able to begin due to pending darkness and will take place on Friday morning beginning at 7 a.m., with half of the field competing on Lake 1 and half of the field competing on Lake 2. Women 3 jumping, the originally scheduled first event of the day on Lake 1 on Friday, will follow after the conclusion of Women 3 slalom.

Thursday’s (Day 3) National Champions

Boys 2 jumping and overall: Andrew Boskus (Elkins, Ark.), 98 feet/2,844.7 points; Girls 3 jumping: Tianna Kosek (Buffalo, Minn.), 130 feet; Boys 3 jumping: Blake Keller (New Hartford, Conn.), 168 feet; Women 4 jumping: Jenny Withrow (Scott, Ark.), 104 feet; Girls 2 slalom and overall: Kendra Nathan (Canyon Lake, Calif.), 2 buoys at 35 feet off/2,838.2 points; Boys 2 slalom: Nicolas Nelson (Miami, Fla.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off; Women 4 tricks: Jane Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), 3,610 points; Boys 3 tricks: Ryan Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), 7,110 points; Girls 1 tricks and overall: Cameron Davis (Milford, Va.), 3,340 points/2,617.5 points; Men 3 tricks: Cody Sharkey (Mishawaka, Ind.), 2,730 points; Girls 3 tricks: Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.), 6,280 points; Men 4 tricks: Marc Shaw (Ocoee, Fla.), 4,770 points; Open Women tricks: Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), 10,030 points; Boys 3 overall: Blaze Grubbs (Rio Linda, Calif.), 3,187.0 points; and Girls 3 overall: Kristen Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), 3,443.9 points.

Competition continues Friday at 7 a.m. (CDT). Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. The inaugural America’s Cup Invitational will also be held on Friday at the Mystic Lakes Ski Club. The event will feature U.S. athletes competing in men’s and women’s slalom, tricks, jumping and overall with a total cash-prize purse of $40,000. The America's Cup Invitational will start at 7 p.m. and include the following events: women’s tricks (boat choice), men’s tricks (boat choice), women’s slalom (pulled by Malibu), men’s slalom (pulled by Nautique), women’s jumping (pulled by Nautique) and men’s jumping (pulled by MasterCraft), which will be held under the lights. A live webcast can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/h2oski64/live.

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.

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.