73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships
Aug. 11-15, 2015
West Palm Beach, Florida
19 Athletes Win Titles On Day 1
The 73rd annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships kicked off Tuesday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., with 19 athletes winning national titles in respective events. Because of inclement weather that rolled in around 6 p.m., Women 7-11 slalom was postponed until 8 a.m. Wednesday. To view the official scorebook, click here. To view unofficial live scoring, click here.
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.
Among the highlights on Day 1: Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas) won the Boys 2 national slalom title with a pending national record score of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. If approved by the American Water Ski Association’s Technical Committee, the mark will surpass the current record (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) co-held by five athletes, including Stange, dating back to 2008.
Other highlights: Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) won the Boys 3 national tricks title for the third consecutive year, scoring 6,990 points; Bill Mahan (Woodbridge, Va.) won the Men 7 national slalom title for the second time in the past three years, scoring 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off; Bruce Kistler (Winter Haven, Fla.) won the Men 6 national tricks title for the second consecutive year, scoring 3,550 points; Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.) won the Women 6 national tricks title for the third consecutive year, scoring 2,550 points; Corbin Guyer (Pierson, Fla.), competing in his last year in Boys 3, won his first career national title, soaring 178 feet to win jumping; and Jerry Hosner (Fenton, Mich.) won his fifth consecutive national slalom title. Hosner won the Men 9 national slalom title following a runoff with Chuck Holmes (Westerville, Ohio). After both skiers tied with scores of 3 buoys at 35 feet off, Hosner scored 2 buoys at 35 feet off to Holmes’ 1-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off in the subsequent runoff.
Tuesday's (Day 1) National Champions
Boys 2 Slalom: Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas), 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Girls 2 Slalom: Ashley Montgomery (Lake Worth, Fla.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off; Girls 2 Jumping: Charlsey Newman (McDonald, Tenn.), 96 feet; Men 6 Slalom: Ted McColley (Napoleon, Ohio), 6 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 7 Slalom: Bill Mahan (Woodbridge, Va.), 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off; Men 8 Slalom: John Autore (Sussex, N.J.), 3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 9 Slalom: Jerry Hosner (Fenton, Mich.), 3 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 10 Slalom: Roger Wahl (Prior Lake, Minn.), 2 buoys at 75 feet (Long Line); Men 11 Slalom: Harry Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 2-1/2 buoys at 75 feet (Long Line); Women 9 Tricks: Pat Fischer (New Franklin, Ohio), 920 points; Women 11 Tricks: Artis Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 400 points; Boys 3 Tricks: Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), 6,990 points; Boys 3 Jumping: Corbin Guyer (Pierson, Fla.), 178 feet; Men 6 Tricks: Bruce Kistler (Winter Haven, Fla.), 3,550 points; Women 6 Tricks: Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.), 2,550 points; Women 7 Tricks: Brenda Cavenaugh (West Point, Miss.), 760 points; Women 8 Tricks: Janet Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 1,300 points; Boys 1 Tricks: Erick Macias-sedan (Orlando, Fla.), 3,210 points; and Girls 1 Tricks: Emma Davis (Sparta, Va.), 2,940 points.
Competition continues Wednesday at 8:00 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.