72nd GOODE Water Ski National Championships
Aug. 11-16, 2014
San Marcos, Texas
17 Athletes Win Titles On Day 3 Of 72nd GOODE Nationals
The 72nd GOODE Water Ski National Championships continued Wednesday at the San Marcos River Ranch near San Marcos, Texas, with 17 athletes winning titles in respective events. 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 six-day tournament, which culminates on Saturday. The tournament is hosted by the San Marcos River Ranch as well as the American Water Ski Association, a sport discipline organziation of USA Water Ski. For results, click here.
Advancement to the Water Ski National Championships – the world's largest 3-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 3: Jim Kinney (Yuba City, Calif.) won the Men 8 national slalom title after a three-way runoff. Kinney, Lee Mershon (Williamsburg, Va.) and Skip Dunlap (Lake Wales, Fla.) all tied with scores of 2 buoys at 38 feet off before Kinney emerged as the winner in the subsequent runoff with a score of 3 buoys at 38 feet off compared to Dunlap’s 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off and Mershon’s 1-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off. Kinney has won six career national slalom titles in three – Men 4, Men 5, Men 6 and Men 7 –divisions. Jerry Hosner (Fenton, Mich.) won the Men 9 national slalom title – equaling his current national record score of 2 buoys at 38 feet off – for the third consecutive year. It was his 10th career national slalom title in four – Men 6, Men 7, Men 8 and Men 9 – divisions. Hosner also won the Men 9 national tricks title, his 17th career national tricks title. Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.) won the Girls 3 national slalom title after a three-way runoff. Dumala, Ruth McCreary (Azle, Texas) and Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.) all tied with scores of 2 buoys at 38 feet off before Dumala clinched the title in the runoff with a score of 2 buoys at 38 feet off compared to McCreary's 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off, and Nicholson's 5-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off). Gordon Gay (Fredericksburg, Va.) completed a three-generation gold medal haul in tricks – believed to be a first-time feat at one Nationals – by winning the Men 7 national tricks title. Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won Open Men tricks on Monday, and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won Girls 3 tricks on Tuesday. Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.) won the Men 7 national slalom title following a runoff with Bruce Epstein (Waterbury, Vt.). After both skiers tied with scores of 1 buoy at 38 feet off, Longo emerged as the winner in the subsequent runoff by scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off to Epstein’s 1 buoy at 38 feet off. Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), who won the Girls 2 national jumping title on Tuesday, completed the division sweep by winning Girls 2 slalom, tricks and overall on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s (Day 3) National Champions
Girls 2 Slalom, Tricks and Overall: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off/7,090 points/4,186.1 points; Boys 1 Tricks and Overall: Cooper Tate (Winter Garden, Fla.), 2,100 points/2,605.0 points; Men 7 Tricks: Stephen Nelson (St. Paul, Minn.), 2,280 points; Men 8 Tricks: Gordon Gay (Fredericksburg, Va.), 1,810 points; Men 6 Jumping: Dean Chappell (Decatur, Ill.), 123 feet; Girls 3 Slalom: Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off; Girls 3 Jumping: Grace "Kat" Warner (Dallas, Texas), 108 feet; Girls 3 Overall: Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), 3,272.4 points; Men 8 Slalom: Jim Kinney (Yuba City, Calif.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 9 Slalom and Tricks: Jerry Hosner (Fenton, Mich.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off/1,700 points; Men 10 Slalom and Tricks: Roger Wahl (Prior Lake, Minn.), 2 buoys at 15 feet off/340 points; Men 11 Slalom and Tricks: Harry Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 3-1/2 buoys at 75 feet (long line)/240 points; Women 6 Slalom: Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.), 1 buoy at 35 feet off; Women 7 Slalom: Ruth Johnston (Mulberry, Fla.), 1/2-buoy at 32 feet off; Women 9 Slalom: Maria Walsh (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.),1/2-buoy at 22 feet off; Women 10 Slalom: Artis Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 1/2-buoy at 75 feet (long line); and Men 7 Slalom: Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.), 1 buoy at 38 feet off.
The tournament continues Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.