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76th GOODE Water Ski Nationals Begins Tuesday

More than 600 water ski athletes from across the United States will descend upon the Mystic Lakes Ski Club in Maize, Kan., Tuesday through Saturday, for the 76th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships. Action begins at ?? a.m. on Tuesday and continues at ?? a.m. Thursday and Friday, and ?? a.m. Saturday.

The nation’s top water ski athletes will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions. 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 the Nationals by placing in the top-five at respective regional championships or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals. In addition, 10 teams representing the five regions of the American Water Ski Association, will be competing in the second annual national team competition.

Daily scorebooks, press releases and additional information on the Nationals can be found at www.waterskinationals.com. A link to the scorebook, which will be updated daily throughout the tournament, will be posted under the "Tournament Results" heading on the left-side navigation as soon as it becomes available from the Chief Scorer. Live tournament scoring may be found at www.waterskiresults.com.

The Mystic Lakes Ski Club, which includes two 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 will mark the first time that the state of Kansas has hosted the Water Ski National Championships.

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.