Eight athletes won national titles on the third day of the the 68th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships at Waters Edge in Wilmington, Illinois.
Among the highlights of day three was 3-year-old Kimberly Westover of Mesa, Arizona, becoming the youngest skier ever to compete in Water Ski Nationals. Kimberly was first off the dock in Girls 1 tricks, where she scored 80 points and finished in 17th place. Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Florida), who set a Girls 1 national tricks record earlier this year, won the national title, scoring 4,570 points. Baldwin also won the slalom and overall titles, scoring a personal best of 1 buoy at 35 feet off in slalom and tallying 3,017.6 points in overall. Chad Meny (Rochester, Pennsylvania) won the Boys 2 slalom title after a run-off with Cole McCormick (Dundee, Florida). After both skiers tied with 3 buoys at 35 feet off, Meny won the subsequent run-off with a score of 6 buoys at 32 feet off to McCormick’s 1 buoy at 32 feet off. The top-five placements in Boys 2 slalom were decided by run-offs. Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Florida), competing in her first year of Girls 2, won the national tricks title, tallying 5,010 points. Clark Anderson (Anderson, South Carolina) won the Men 3 overall title, scoring 2,845.6 points.
Water Ski Nationals — Aug. 10 Champions
Boys 2 Slalom: Chad Meny (Rochester, Pennsylvania), 3 buoys at 35 feet off
Boys 1 Slalom: Sean Hunter (Dothan, Alabama), 4.5 buoys at 28 feet off
Girls 1 Slalom, Tricks and overall: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Florida), 1 buoy at 35 feet off/4,570 points/3,017.6 points
Girls 2 Tricks: Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Florida), 5,010 points
Boys 2 Tricks: Zachary Montavon (Dixon, Illinois), 4,830 points
Men 3 Jumping: Chris Kosek (Buffalo, Minnesota), 161 feet
Men 3 Overall: Clark Anderson (Anderson, South Carolina), 2,845.6 points
Girls 2 Jumping: Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Florida), 87 feet.
Nearly 800 of the nation’s top water ski athletes — ages 3 through 85 — from across the United States are competing for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in multiple age divisions and two Open divisions. Advancement to the national championships is earned through placement on the national rankings’ list for respective divisions. The world’s largest three-event water ski tournament culminates on August 14.