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Rock Aqua Jays Win Mercury Open

The Rock Aqua Jays (Janesville, Wis.) won the 2016 Mercury Open show ski tournament on Saturday on the Rock River at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis. The Rock Aqua Jays earned high-scoring awards for towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew total, overall show, high individual club act, ballet, doubles and pyramid in tallying a grand total of 1,672.5 points. The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.) finished second with 1,606.6 points after earning high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel and pick-up boat crews.

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Enter The Download AWSA App Contest!

The American Water Ski Association has announced a "Download The AWSA App" contest now through July 1. One entry for each person who downloads and "Sets the User" on their App. Plus additional entries for each time you "Send the app to a Friend" via their email. No limit on the number of entries. 1st prize - Free entry into Regionals or Nationals; 2nd prize - Free USA Water Ski membership in 2017; and 3rd prize – slalom rope from Masterline USA. You can download the app by clicking here.

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Team Skiing Comes To AWSA

At the American Water Ski Association’s mid-winter board meeting last January, the board approved team skiing, an idea created out of the organization’s Special Interest Group Committee. "This is very exciting stuff and we look forward to how this format might spark interest at all levels of skiing and spark attendance at regionals and Nationals," says Jeff Surdej, AWSA president. "Team skiing has proven to be a format that attracts new skiers and retains current skiers, both show skiing and collegiate water skiing are the only sport divisions with growth over the last five years, which is quite an accomplish considering the water ski recession we seem to be in."

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Five Things To Know This Week

Here's what you need to know for the week of June 20:

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Chippewa Lake Wins City Of Lakes Invitational

The Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team (Chippewa Lake, Ohio) won the 2016 City of Lakes Invitational on June 18 at Hidden Lake in Warsaw, Ind. Chippewa Lake earned high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, towboat drivng and showmanship in tallying 1,281.92 points. The Lake City Skiers (Warsaw, Ind.) finished second with 1,205.8 points after earning high scores for overall show, sound crew and pick-up boat crews.

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Ski-A-Rees Win NSSA Southern Regionals

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees won the 2016 Southern Regional show ski Championships. Photo by Lynn NovakofskiThe Sarasota Ski-A-Rees won the National Show Ski Association's Southern Regional Show Ski Championships, June 18-19, at Ski-A-Rees Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. The Ski-A-Rees tallied 1,822 points in winning the title over the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team (Winter Haven, Fla.), 1,461 points. The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team (Oldsmar, Fla.) placed third with 1,308 points and the Lakeland Water Ski Club (Lakeland, Fla.) finished fourth with 991 points.

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Can Am Notice Of Interest Deadline Nears

The notice of interest deadline for athletes wanting to be considered for selection to the 2016 Under 14 Can Am Water Ski Team and the 2016 Under 17 Can Am Water Ski Team is Friday, June 24. Top water ski athletes from the United States and Canada will compete Aug. 19-21 in the 8th Can Am Challenge in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event features Under 14 and Under 17 teams from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. Notification for the Under 14 team should be sent to Nicole Baird at njg_b@yahoo.com. Notification for the Under 17 team should be sent to Brenda Baldwin at bnbaldwin@cfl.rr.com.

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Rodgers Wins Big Dawg Stop No. 1

The first stop of the 2016 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O’Brien, was held on Saturday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., with U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) earning the victory. Rodgers, the defending series champion, defeated fellow U.S. athlete Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.) in the head-to-head final, scoring 4 buoys at 41 feet off to Badal’s 3 buoys at 41 feet off. For complete results, click here.

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Junior U.S. Open Field of Competitors Set

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce the field of competitors for the 16th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the two-round, world-record capability event, July 2-3, at Pangaea Puddle near Canajoharie, N.Y. To view the field of competitors (revised on 6/15/16), click here (Excel).

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Revised 2016 AWSA Rulebook Now Available

The American Water Ski Association's board of directors has approved the new jump guidelines and changes in front flips, which are now included in the revised 2016 AWSA Rulebook (PDF). The jump ramp specifications have been changed for Class E along with L & R and will now match International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation rules. Front flips may be done two different ways and AWSA is aligned with IWWF so the judging and trick point values will be the same for all classes.

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Canada's Dodd Wins Sentosa Night Jump

Canada's Ryan Dodd won the Sentosa Night Jump on Sunday at the Sentosa Water Ski Club in Dnepropetrovsk City, Ukraine, with a distance of 225 feet (68.5 meters). Some of the world’s top water ski jumpers, including U.S. athletes Scot Ellis, Taylor Garcia, Freddy Krueger and Zack Worden, competed in the event, which offered a cash prize of more than $50,000. Krueger finished second with a distance of 218 feet (66.5 meters) and Great Britain’s Damien Sharman was third (210 feet/63.9 meters).

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2016 NSSA Rulebook Now Available

The National Show Ski Association’s 2016 Rulebook is now available to view and download. To download the rulebook, click here (PDF).

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Athletes Of The Month Selected

Regina Jaquess won her sixth career Masters slalom title and won the women's slalom title at the Swiss Pro Slalom.USA Water Ski has selected Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its co-Female Athlete of the Month and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) as its co-Male Athlete of the Month for May. The athletes are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of May Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Four U.S. Athletes Win Masters Titles

Nate Smith won his second consecutive Masters men's slalom title. Photo: Scott N. AtkinsonU.S. water ski athletes Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 57th Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 28-29, on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens.

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