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72nd GOODE Water Ski National Championships

Aug. 11-16, 2014

          San Marcos, Texas       

Nine Athletes Win Titles On Final Day Of 72nd GOODE Nationals

The 72nd annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded Saturday at the San Marcos River Ranch near San Marcos, Texas, with nine athletes winning titles in repsective divisions and events. More than 600 water ski athletes from across the United States competed for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions during the six-day tournament. Advancement to the Water Ski National Championships – the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament – was primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also could qualify for Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals. The American Water Ski Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, and the San Marcos River Ranch hosted the tournament.

To view the complete, final scorebook, click here.

Among the highlights on Saturday, Brian Sparks (McDonald, Tenn.) won the Men 3 national slalom title after a runoff with Steve Schroeder (Granite Bay, Calif.). After both skiers tied with scores of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off, Sparks clinched the title in the subsequent runoff with a score of 2 buoys at 38 feet off to Schroeder's 1 buoy at 38 feet off. Spark's victory in slalom also clinched him the Men 3 national overall title with 2,808.3 points. John Burris (West Point, Miss.) won the Men 2 national tricks (5,050 points) and overall (2,997.8 points) titles. Burris also finished runner-up in Men 2 jumping, just two-tenths-of-a-meter behind national champion Cole Kalkbrenner (St. Charles, Mo.), who soared 183 feet.

Saturday's (Day 6) National Champions
Men 3 Slalom and Overall: Brian Sparks (McDonald, Tenn.), 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off/2,808.3 points; Men 5 Tricks: Jon Penner (Austin, Texas), 3,940 points; Men 5 Jumping: Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), 144 feet; Men 5 Overall: Stephen Miller (Marysville, Wash.), 2,745.9 points; Men 2 Tricks and Overall: John Burris (West Point, Miss.), 5,050 points/2,997.8 points; Men 2 Jumping: Cole Kalkbrenner (St. Charles, Mo.), 183 feet; Masters Men Slalom: Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.), 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off; Men 4 Slalom: Don Aschenbrenner (Cornelius, N.C.), 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; and Men 4 Overall: Hutch Haines (Avon, Conn.), 2,584.8 points.

Daily scorebooks, press releases and photo galleries and additional information on the Nationals can be found at www.waterskinationals.com.

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.

The San Marcos River Ranch, a private water ski development featuring four world record-capability water ski lakes, is located between Austin and San Antonio along the San Marcos River. It also served as the site of the 2013 South Central Regional Water Ski Championships. For more information on the San Marcos River Ranch, visit www.sanmarcosriverranch.com.