21 Athletes Win Titles On Day 1 Of 71st GOODE Nationals
The 71st annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships kicked offf Tuesday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., with 21 athletes winning national titles in respective divisions and events. For results, click here. Note: The scorebook will be updated multiple times each day throughout the week as events conclude.
More than 600 water ski athletes from across the United States are competing for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions during the five-day tournament that culminates Saturday.
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 Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals.
Tuesday’s (Day 1) National Champions
Boys 2 Slalom: Ryan Canepa (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off; Men 1 Slalom: Daniel Goldman (Elk Grove, Calif.), 2-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Open Men Slalom: Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.), 2-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off; Men 6 Slalom: Ed Hickey (Coral Gables, Fla.), 5 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 7 Slalom: Bill Mahan (Woodbridge, Va.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 8 Slalom: Jerry Heinrichs (San Jose, Calif.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 9 Slalom: Jerry Hosner (Fenton, Mich.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 10 Slalom: Bill Schouten (Jacksons Gap, Ala.), 2 buoys at 75 feet (Long Line); Men 11 Slalom: Harry Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 1/2 buoy at 75 feet (Long Line); Women 7 Slalom: Ruth Johnston (Mulberry, Fla.), 3 buoys at 28 feet off; Women 8 Slalom: Maria Walsh (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 3 buoys at 22 feet off; Women 9 Slalom: Margaret Woodard (Slidell, La.), 4-1/2 buoys at 75 feet (Long Line); Women 10 Slalom: Artis Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 2 buoys at 75 feet (Long Line); Men 6 Tricks: Paul Risch (Houston, Texas), 2,960 points; Girls 2 Tricks and Jumping: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), 5,770 points/89 feet; Women 6 Tricks: Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla., 3,040 points; Boys 2 Tricks: Garrett Stallings (Rossville, Tenn.), 4,310 points; Men 1 Jumping: Michael Stevenson (Gilbert, Ariz.), 193 feet; Open Women Jumping: Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), 165 feet; Open Men Jumping: Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), 223 feet; and Boys 3 Jumping: Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), 174 feet.
Competition continues Wednesday at 8 a.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.
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.