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72nd GOODE Water Ski National Championships

Aug. 11-16, 2014

          San Marcos, Texas       

26 Athletes Win Titles On Day 4 At 72nd GOODE Nationals

The 72nd GOODE Water Ski National Championships continued Thursday at the San Marcos River Ranch near San Marcos, Texas, with 26 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. Note: The scorebook will be updated multiple times each day throughout the week as events conclude. To view unofficial live scoring, click here.

Among the highlights on Thursday: Bruce Kunde (Sterling, Ill.) won the Men 9 national jumping title with a pending national record distance of 99 feet. If approved by the American Water Ski Association's Technical Committee, the mark will surpass the current record of 89 feet set by Kunde at the 2012 Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla. Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.) won the Men 7 national jumping title by just one-tenth-of-a-meter over Joe Burkhead (Paducah, Ky.). Longo's winning jump was 71 feet/21.70 meters to Burkhead's 71 feet/21.60 meters.

Thursday's (Day 4) National Champions

Men 6 Tricks: Bruce Kistler (Winter Haven, Fla.), 2,950 points; Men 6 Slalom: Daniel Wamhoff (Sanford, Mich.), 4 buoys at 38 feet off; Men 6 Overall: Dean Chappell (Decatur, Ill.), 2,341.7 points; Women 8 Tricks: Iris Kurzban (Melville, NY.), 40 points; Women 9 Tricks and Overall: Pat Fischer (New Franklin, Ohio), 650 points/651.0 points; Women 10 Tricks and Overall: Artis Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 420 points/654.8 points; Women 6 Tricks, Jumping and Overall: Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.), 2,670 points/84 feet/3,649.9 points; Women 7 Tricks: Janet Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 1,780 points; Women 7 Jumping and Overall: Prissy Edwards (Alexandria, Ind.), 59 feet/2,467.9 points; Women 5 Tricks: Libby Van Treese (Sidney, Ohio), 3,680 points; Women 5 Jumping: Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), 99 feet; Women 1 Tricks: Elizabeth Montavon (Dixon, Ill.), 5,710 points; Women 1 Slalom: Keri McClure (Van Wert, Ohio), 3 buoys at 38 feet off; Women 4 Tricks: Lydie Robsham (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 5,140 points; Women 4 Slalom: Jennifer LaPoint (Orlando, Fla.), 1 buoy at 38 feet off; Men 7 Jumping and Overall: Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.), 71 feet/2,350.6 points; Men 8 Jumping and Overall: Carrol "Bud" Piercy (Ashland, Neb.), 38 feet/1,799.5 points; Men 9 Jumping: Bruce Kunde (Sterling, Ill.), 99 feet; Men 9 Overall: Jerry Hosner (Fenton, Mich.), 3,737.1 points; Men 10 Jumping: Elgin Faulkner (Houston, Texas), 0 feet; Men 10 Overall: Roger Wahl (Prior Lake, Minn.), 1,290.8 points; Men 11 Overall: Harry Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), 512.3 points; Women 2 Slalom: Traci Weis (Muskego, Wis.), 2 buoys at 35 feet off; Women 2 Jumping: Erin Kalkbrenner (St. Charles, Mo.), 111 feet; Women 3 Slalom: Patricia Burt (Greenacres, Fla.), 1 buoy at 35 feet off; and Women 3 Jumping: Brandy Nagle (Elk Grove, Calif.),102 feet.

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.

Friday's action begins at 7:30 a.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.