Three-year-old Kimberly Westover of Mesa, Arizona, will be the youngest skier to ever compete in the Goode Water Ski National Championships when the 68th annual event takes place Aug. 8-14 at Waters Edge in Wilmington, Illinois.
Kimberly, who turned 3 in April, qualified in the Girls 1 division, which consists of skiers 9 years old and younger, based on her performance at the 2010 Western Regional Water Ski Championships. A top-five placement at Regionals earns a skier a berth in the Water Ski Nationals.
Kimberly placed second in tricks (80 points) and third overall (361.6 points) at the Western Regionals. Kimberly’s older sister, Katelyn, 5, also will be competing at Water Ski Nationals. Katelyn won the Girls 1 tricks (950 points) and overall (1,278.3 points) titles at the Western Regionals.
Kristen Baldwin of Windermere, Florida, is currently the youngest skier ever to compete at Water Ski Nationals. She was 5 years old when she competed in the 2007 Nationals in Arvin, California.
Lucille Borgen, who was 94 years old when she competed in the 2007 Water Ski Nationals, holds the mark for
More than 800 of the nation’s top water ski athletes from across the United States are expected to compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions at this year’s Water Ski Nationals.
The first Water Ski Nationals were held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, New York. Except for
four years during World War II (1942-1945), the Water Ski Nationals has been held every year since 1939.
For more information on this year’s Water Ski Nationals, visit waterskinationals.com.