The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team (Janesville, Wis.) won the national team title at the 39th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing, Aug. 9-11, on the Rock River at Shorewood Park in Loves Park, Ill. It was the Rock Aqua Jays’ third consecutive and 18th overall national team title.
The Rock Aqua Jays tallied 2,033.46 points in winning top awards for Dock & Equipment Personnel (tie), Sound Crew, Barefoot, Pyramid, Doubles and Swivel. The Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.), earning the top award for towboat driving, finished second with 1,924.88 points, and the Aquanut Water Shows (Twin Lakes, Wis.), earning top awards for Dock & Equipment Personnel (tie) and Ballet, placed third with 1,923.46 points. Wonder Lake (Wonder Lake, ill.), which scored 1,734.5 points, and the Backwater Gamblers (Rock Island, Ill.), which tallied 1,723.14 points and earned the top award for Pick-Up Boat Crews, rounded out the top-five placements.
The tournament featured 14 teams and more than 1,500 athletes competing for the coveted show ski national title. 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.
In addition to the overall team competition, athletes competed individually in swivel, adagio doubles, freestyle jumping and team jumping. Leah Straub (Madison, Wis.) won swivel, scoring 17.82 points; Cory Krivitz (West Allis, Wis.) and Kim Logiudice (Hartland, Wis.) won doubles, scoring 16.86 points; the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.) won team jumping, scoring 76.38 points; and Garrett Bouley (Bradenton, Fla.) won freestyle jumping, scoring 471.50 points.
Kelley Nemec (St. Paul, Minn.) and Garth Peter (Waterloo, Iowa) won the Willa Cook and Skip Gilkerson awards, respectively. The awards are given to the tournament’s top female and male performers, as voted on by the tournament officials.
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