Record Setting Weekend At 2015 Florida State Championships

The skiing at the Florida State Championships this past weekend produced many record setting performances and personal bests for the competitors. Our thanks to the members of Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, for hosting a great tournament.

Records set this past weekend:

Boys 1 – Erick Macias-sedan set a new Trick record with a score of 3210, which beat the record set by Zack Worden with a score of 2660 set in 2001.

Conner Walsh set a new Boys 1 Overall record with a score of 2545.5 set by Cooper Tate last year at 2313.7

Men 5 – Tim Huston tied his slalom record at 1/2 buoy at 55kph on a 10.25m line.

Men 6 – Louis Alcamo set a new slalom record at 3 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25m line, exceeding the old record set in 2013 by Mark Bozievic with 2 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25m line.

Men 8 – Stan Switzer beat his record in Tricks of 1060 points, with a score of 2290 points.

Skip Dunlap set a new slalom record with a score of 2 buoys at  49kph on a 11.25 line, beating the old record of 1.5 buoys at 49kph on a 11.25 line, set by Phil Brodt in 2012 and then tied in 2013 by Phil.

Open Women – Samantha Dumala set a new slalom record with a performance of 1/2 buoy at 55kph on a 10.75 line, eclipsing the old record of 2 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25 line set by Brenda Baldwin in 2001and tied by her in 2003 and 2006. Rhoni Barton-Bischoff also tied the old record in 2009.

Girls 3 – Brooke Baldwin has moved up to Girls 3 this year and continued her record setting performances. She upped the Slalom record to 4 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25 line, exceeding the previous record of 2 buoys on a 11.25m line set last year by Samantha Dumala. In Tricks she scored 7520 points to overtake the record of 6620 set in 2000 by Tarah Benzel. She also upped the Overall record from 3634.8 set by Lauren Morgan in 2010 to 3826.6 points.

Women 1 –Julia Waitt set a new Overall record with score of 3046.2 eclipsing the old record of 3025 set by Beverly Abbott way back in 1995.

Women 6 – Cyndi Benzel moved her slalom record up from 2.5 buoys at 52kph on a 12m line with a score of 3 buoys at 52kph on a 12m line.

Women 8 – Margaret Carlisle set a new slalom record with a score of 3 buoys at 49kph on a 14.25m line that was set in 1999 by Francis Woofenden at 5 buoys at 37kph on a 23m line.

Master Women – Our newest division and Patricia Burt started it off with a bang, setting the inaugural slalom record with a score of 3 buoys at 55kph on the 13m line.

Congratulations to all of these new record setters and to all of you that set new personal best performances, great job!

The list of all of the Florida State Championship records is posted in the Florida State Records tab at the top of the website.

The scorebook is posted in the results section of the website.

U.S. Team Wins Gold At U21 Worlds

Taylor GarciaThe U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win six medals, including three gold, in respective events at the 7th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 3-5, in Toledo, Spain. The United States tallied 7,572.25 points in winning the gold medal for the sixth time in the history of the biennial event. Belarus scored 7,302.16 points to earn the silver medal and France tallied 7,132.33 points in securing the bronze medal. Athletes from 28 countries participated in the tournament.

Members of the 2015 U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team were: Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.). Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.) was the coach of the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team, while Jason Seels (Orlando, Fla.) served as assistant coach. Steve Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) was the team manager and Dr. Brent Fulton (Daytona Beach, Fla.) was the team physician.

Team members Garcia (men’s jumping and overall), Erika Lang (women’s tricks) and Nick Lang (men’s jumping) each earned individual medals, along with U.S. independent athletes Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.) and Dane Mechler (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Erika Lang won the gold medal in women’s tricks, tallying 9,290 points. Germany’s Giannina Bonnemann earned the silver medal (9,130 points) and Canada’s Neilly Ross earned the bronze medal (9,060 points). In men’s tricks, Australia’s Joshua Briant won the gold medal (10,150 points). Italy’s Gianmarco Pajni earned the silver medal (10,120 points) and France’s Tanguy Dailland earned the bronze medal (9,540 points).

Garcia won the gold medal in men’s jumping (206 feet). Nick Lang earned the silver medal (204 feet) and Poland’s Kamil Borysewicz secured the bronze medal (199 feet). In women’s jumping, Belarus’ Hanna Straltsova won the gold medal (168 feet) by one-tenth-of-a-meter over Canada’s Taryn Grant. Belarus’ Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya earned the bronze medal (159 feet).

Mechler won the gold medal in men’s slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off). The Dominican Republic’s Robert Pigozzi earned the silver medal (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Italy’s Brando Caruso earned the bronze medal (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). In women’s slalom, Grant won the gold medal (4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off). Dumala earned the silver medal (4 buoys at 38 feet off) and Germany’s Chiara Bonnemann earned the bronze medal (3 buoys at 38 feet off).

Briant also won the gold medal in men’s overall (2,812.95 points). Dailland earned the silver medal (2,684.55 points) and Garcia earned the bronze medal (2,600.93 points). Giannina Bonnemann won the gold medal in women’s overall (2,813.83 points). Straltsova (2,478.05 points) and Danisheuskaya (2,476.76 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

The United States has won the Under 21 world team title in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. France won in 2007.

For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/15IWWF01/.

Athletes Of The Month Selected

K.C. WilsonUSA Water Ski has selected K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for June. Wilson and Baldwin are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA Best of June honors.

Wilson won the Junior Men’s slalom title (2 buoys at 41 feet off) at the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 13-14, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. Wilson also established a new Junior U.S. Open record for Junior Men’s slalom with his score of 2 buoys at 41 feet off.

Brooke BaldwinBaldwin won titles in Girls’ slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), jumping (124 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points) at the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 13-14, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. Baldwin’s score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off is a new Junior U.S. Open record for Girls’ slalom. In the preliminary round, Baldwin shattered the old record of 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet with a score of 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off before increasing it by one buoy in the finals.

Towboat Draw Posted For GOODE Nationals

The towboat draw for the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships is now available. The Nationals will be held Aug. 11-15 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Towboats qualified to pull the Nationals this year are Centurion, Malibu, MasterCraft and Nautique. To view the towboat draw, click here.

For more information on the Nationals, visit the official website – www.waterskinationals.com.

Rodgers Wins Big Dawg Tour Stop No. 2

U.S. water ski athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the second stop of the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O’Brien, on Sunday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. The series, now in its 10th year, features four qualifying stops at premier water ski sites around the world as the top 34 mph amateur slalom skiers – age 35 and older – vie for a spot in the Big Dawg Finals. Rodgers defeated Great Britain’s Andy Mapple in the head-to-head final, scoring 4 buoys at 41 feet off to Mapple’s 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. For complete results, visit www.nautiquebigdawg.com.

Each stop includes two rounds of 34 mph record-capability slalom action, followed by a bracketed, 16-skier, head-to-head final. The Big Dawg Finals will be held in October in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the prestigious Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. U.S. athlete Chad Scott (Covington, La.) won Stop No. 1 on April 25 in Acapulco, Mexico.

New for 2015, the Big Dawg World Slalom Tour has established a points system based on placement at each event that will be used to determine qualified athletes for the finals. The winner of each qualifying stop will be awarded maximum points as well as receive an automatic invite to the finals. Skiers will be awarded points based upon their ranking at each event. A cumulative score for each skier will be calculated by adding the two highest point totals from the qualifying events. The top-40 skiers will be invited to compete at the Big Dawg Finals.
2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour

Stop #1: April 24-25, Gordon Rathbun’s Ski Paradise, Acapulco, Mexico (Champion: Chad Scott, Covington, La.)

Stop #2:  June 27-28, Okeeheelee Park, West Palm Beach, Fla.
 (Champion: Jeff Rodgers, Ninety Six, S.C.)

Stop #3:  July 11-12, Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex, Seseña, Spain

Stop #4:  July 18-19, Broho Park, Seattle, Wash.

Finals: October 2015, Orlando, Fla.