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U.S. Team Earns Silver At Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal and three U.S. water ski athletes won individual medals in respective events at the 36th Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 12-18, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The United States, seeking to win its 28th world team title, tallied 8,019.55 points in earning the silver medal. Canada scored 8,025.27 points to win the gold and France earned the bronze with 7,933.50 points. Athletes from 32 countries participated in the tournament.

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Mad-City Wins Indmar Show Ski Nationals

The Mad-City Ski Team won the national team title. Photography by Lynn Novakofski.The Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.) won the national team title at the 45th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, Aug. 9-11, at Hidden Lake in Warsaw, Ind. Mad-City earned high-scoring awards for Dock and Equipment Personnel, Towboat Driving, Showmanship, Sound Crew Total and Overall Show on its way to tallying a grand total 1,877.80 points and winning its first national title since 2009 when it closed out a string of four consecutive national titles (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009). To view the webcast archives, click here.

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Champions Crowned At GOODE Nationals

The 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded on Saturday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. For complete results and recaps of the five-day tournament, visit www.waterskinationals.com.

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Rodgers Wins 2019 Nautique Big Dawg Title

U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour on Friday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Rodgers defeated fellow U.S. athlete Greg Sund (Stony Brook, N.Y.) in the head-to-head final, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Sund’s 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off. Rodgers won the title for the second consecutive year and third time (2015) in his career.

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Six Athletes Win America’s Cup Titles

Six athletes won titles in respective events on Tuesday night at the second annual America’s Cup Invitational at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. U.S. athletes ranked Level 9 and above in Open were invited to compete in the America’s Cup Invitational. The Open divisions at the 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships served as the qualification round for the America’s Cup.

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Hartwick Huskys Win D2 Show Ski Nationals

The Hartwick Huskys (Manchester, Iowa) won the team title at the 19th Division 2 Show Ski National Championships, Aug. 3-4, at Kwahamot Bay in Tomahawk, Wis. Hosted by the Kwahamot Water Ski Club, the tournament featured nine teams competing for the Division 2 show ski national title. The Division 2 Show Ski National Championships is comprised of teams and/or individuals not qualified by their respective regions for the 45th Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing. To view the webcast archives, click here.

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U.S. Wins 8 Medals At XVIII Pan Am Games

Six U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team members combined to win eight medals, including five gold, in respective events at the XVIII Pan American Games, July 27-30, at Laguna Bujama in Lima, Peru. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team finished with five gold medals, two silver and one bronze during the four-day competition. Members of the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team were: Andrew Adkison (Chipley, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Mary Morgan Howell (Dothan, Ala.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.).

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Gay, Timm Selected Athletes Of The Month

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Craig Timm (Center City, Minn.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for July. The USA Adaptive Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Gay, Timm and the USA Adaptive Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of July Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Oxbow Wins NSSA Eastern Regionals

The Oxbow Water Ski Show Team (Northampton, Mass.) won the 2019 NSSA Eastern Regional Show Ski Championships, July 27-28, in Northampton, Mass. Oxbow tallied a grand total 1,350.97 points after earning top scores for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship and overall show. The Maine Attraction Water Ski Show Team (Sanford, Maine) placed second (1,155.97 points) and the Aqua Riders (Holland, Mass.) finished third (1,102.77 points).

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Waterhawks Win NSSA Midwest Regionals

The Waterhawks Ski Team (Evansdale, Iowa) won the 2019 NSSA Midwest Regional Show Ski Championships, July 27-28, in Evansdale, Iowa. The Waterhawks tallied a grand total 1,604.83 points after earning high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, high individual club act and barefoot. The Midwest Ski Otters (White Bear Lake, Minn.) placed second (1,452.03 points) followed by the Twin Cities River Rats (Minneapolis, Minn.) with 1,430.67 points.

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U.S. Team Wins Gold At Disabled Worlds

The USA Adaptive Water Ski Team won the gold medal at the 14th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Disabled Water Ski World Championships, July 25-28, in Skarnes, Norway. Australia earned the silver medal and Great Britain earned the bronze medal. Fourteen athletes represented the 2019 USA Adaptive Water Ski Team at the biennial event. More than 40 athletes from 11 countries participated in the championships. The United States tallied 13,757.91 points, followed by Australia with 8,069.92 points and Great Britain with 7,355.63 points.

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2019 U.S. Can Am Challenge Teams Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee are pleased to announce the selection of two water ski teams – Under 14 and Under 17 – that will represent the United States at the 10th Can Am Challenge, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event features athletes from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. The AWSA’s IAC chose the teams based upon a pre-approved selection criteria.

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Rock Aqua Jays Win Wisconsin State Title

The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team (Janesville, Wis.) won the team title at the 53rd Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships, July 18-21, at Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids. The Rock Aqua Jays scored a grand total 1,930.06 points after earning high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew total, overall show, barefoot, jump, pyramid and high individual club act. The Aquanuts (Twin Lakes, Wis.) finished second with 1,700.3 points and the Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.) placed third with 1,587.74 points.

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IWWF Approves Jaquess’ World Record

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council has approved the pending women’s world slalom record of 4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) on July 6 at the Regina Jaquess Open II at Lymanland in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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