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15 Athletes Win U.S. Open Ski Racing Titles

Matthew Klee of Harbor City, Calif., won the 16 & Under Boys title at the 2018 U.S. Open Water Ski Racing National Championships.Fifteen water ski racing athletes won titles at the 14th annual U.S. Open Water Ski Racing National Championships, Sept. 29-30, at Havasu Springs in Parker, Ariz. The National Water Ski Racing Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, hosted the two-day competition. More than 40 athletes competed in two rounds of circle-sprint races. The athletes drew for pole positions, made a deep-water start at the drop of a green flag and raced in lanes for a designated number of laps. Athletes competed for titles in 19 divisions. Overall placements were determined by total number of points. In the event of a tie, total race time broke the tie.

Among the highlights, Cameron King (Torrance, Calif.) won the Menís Open title, while Erica Leonard (Carlsbad, Calif.) won the Womenís Open title. King also won the 17-35 Men title, while Leonard also won titles in 17-35 Women and Womenís Outboard.

Other athletes earning U.S. Open titles in respective divisions were: Sophia Rivera (Seal Beach, Calif.), 16 and Under Girls; Matthew Klee (Harbor City, Calif.), 16 and Under Boys; Sophia Andrus (Seal Beach, Calif.), Womenís Novice; Mark Wagner (Westminster, Calif.), Grassroots; Brent Griffin (Long Beach, Calif.), Stock Boat; David Hein (Long Beach, Calif.), Social Open; Dave Chandler (Henderson, Nev.), Menís Outboard and 55 & Over Men; Tyler Murray (El Segundo, Calif.), 60 MPH Open; Cheryl Ruston (La Palma, Calif.), 36 & Over Women; Mike Hundley (Finley, Calif.), 36-54 Men; Kenny Spring (Torrance, Calif.), Menís Novice; Brian Samaniego (Fullerton, Calif.), Hands Out Front; and Cheryl Ruston (La Palma, Calif.) and Mary Maher (Kingsbury, Calif.), Double-Up (Exhibition Class).

Craig Gregory (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Brian Vesely (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) earned the awards for top-scoring driver and observer, respectively.

For complete results, click here (PDF).
























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