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22 Athletes Win Titles On Day 4 Of 76th GOODE Water Ski Nationals

The 76th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships continued Friday at the Mystic Lakes Ski Club in Maize, Kan., with 22 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 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 & Wake Sports, and the Mystic Lakes Ski Club are hosting the tournament.

Among the highlights on Friday: Rebecca Bartlett (Wolfeboro, N.H.) won the Women 3 national jumping title for the second consecutive year. She won with a distance of 91 feet, just two tenths of a meter over Brandy Nagle (Elk Grove, Calif.), who won national titles in Women 3 slalom (5 buoys at 32 feet off), tricks (4,400 points) and overall (3,057.4 points). Aaron Weeks (Plano, Texas) won the Men 3 national jumping title, his first career national title, with a distance of 155 feet. In late results from Thursday (Day 3) that were declared official on Friday, Luke Zazadze (Miami Shores, Fla.) won the Boys 1 national slalom title (4buoys at 28 feet off) after winning a runoff against Lorenzo Nelson (Miami, Fla.). Matthew Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.) won the Boys 1 national overall title.

Friday’s (Day 4) National Champions

Boys 1 slalom (from Day 3/Thursday): Luka Zazadze (Miami Shores, Fla.), 4 buoys at 28 feet off; Boys 1 overall (from Day 3/Thursday): Matthew Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), 2,303.1.1 points; Open Men tricks (from Day 3/Thursday): Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), 11,540 points; Women 3 slalom, tricks and overall: Brandy Nagle (Elk Grove, Calif.), 5 buoys at 32 feet off;/4,400 points/3,057.4 points; Women 3 jumping: Rebecca Bartlett (Wolfeboro, N.H.), 91 feet; Men 3 jumping and overall: Aaron Weeks (Plano, Texas), 155 feet/2,281.3 points; Men 3 slalom: Dave Wingerter (Kirkland, Wash.), 3 buoys at 39-1-/2 feet off; Open Women slalom, jumping and overall: Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), 1 buoy at 41 feet off/160 feet/2,281.3 points; Open Men jumping: Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), 220 feet; Open Men slalom: Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.), 4 buoys at 41 feet off; Open Men overall: Samuel Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), 3,322.1 points; Masters Women slalom and tricks: Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), 5 buoys at 35 feet off/2,100 points; Masters Men slalom: Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.), 1 buoys at 41 feet off; Masters Men tricks: Eric Lee (San Diego, Calif.), 3,880 points; Men 1 tricks: Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.), 5,870 points; Men 2 tricks: Tyler McDermeit (St. Petersburg, Fla.), 3,380 points; Women 1 tricks: Jade Hanson (Rosharon, Texas), 3,060 points; Women 2 tricks: Emily Dammeyer (Toledo, Ohio), 3,790 points; Women 4 slalom: Wanda Case (Madison, N.C.), 5 buoys at 32 feet off; Women 4 overall: Lisa Lamb (Muskego, Wis.), 3,084.2 points; Men 4 slalom: Tim Henderson (Corinth, Texas), 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; and Men 4 jumping and overall: Marc Shaw (Ocoee, Fla.), 152 feet/3,323.1 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 Saturday at 8 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.