Rock Aqua Jays Win Show Ski Nationals
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 08/10/2014 19:48:57
- In: Show Skiing
The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team (Janesville, Wis.) won the national team title at the 40th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Visit Central Florida, Aug. 8-10, on the Rock River at Traxler Park Janesville, Wis. It was the Rock Aqua Jaysí fourth consecutive and 19th overall national team title.
The Rock Aqua Jays tallied 1,966.58 points in winning top awards for dock and equipment personnel, showmanship, towboat driving, pick-up boat crew, overall show, star doubles (tie), and barefooting. The Backwater Gamblers (Rock Island, Ill.), earning the top award for pyramid, finished second with 1,900.52 points, and the Aquanut Water Shows (Twin Lakes, Wis.), earning top awards for ballet and star swivel, placed third with 1,857.72 points. The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.), which scored 1,792.77 points, and the Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.), which tallied 1,791.3 points, rounded out the top-five placements.
The tournament featured 14 teams and more than 1,500 athletes competing for the coveted show ski national title. In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score acts by awarding points based on originality, presentation and execution. Elaborate costumes and staging intermix with music and fast action on the water as an announcer leads the audience through the show.
In addition to the overall team competition, athletes competed individually in swivel, adagio doubles, freestyle jumping and team jumping. Kendall Krieger (Lake Bluff, Ill.) won swivel, scoring 18.76 points; Kim LoGuidice (Hartland, Wis.) and Cory Krivitz (West Allis, Wis.) won doubles, scoring 17.48 points; the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.) won team jumping, scoring 76.00 points; and Sean Hyatt (Milbank, S.D.) won freestyle jumping, scoring 640.20 points.
Kendall Krieger (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and Jayson Rishling (Wonder Lake, Ill.) won the Willa Cook and Skip Gilkerson awards, respectively. The awards are given to the tournamentís top female and male performers, as voted on by the tournament officials.
For complete results, click here (PDF).