River Rats Win Midwest Regional Show Ski Championships
by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports
The Twin Cities River Rats (Minneapolis, Minn.) won the National Show Ski Association’s 2022 Midwest Regional Show Ski Championships, July 29-31, in Albert Lea, Minn.
The River Rats earned high-scoring awards for Showmanship, Sound Crew Total and Overall Show in tallying a grand total score of 1,597.27 points. The Little Crow Ski Team (New London, Minn.) finished second with 1,491.5 points, followed by Hartwick Huskys (Manchester, Iowa) with 1,203.81 points.
In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score acts by awarding points based on originality, presentation and execution. Elaborate costumes and staging intermix with music and fast action on the water as an announcer leads the audience through the show. Individual national titles for swivel, doubles, team jumping and freestyle jumping also are at stake.