Chris Parrish, Freddy Krueger and Rhoni Barton-Biscoff won the Open Men slalom, Open Men jump and Open Women slalom events, respectively, on day five of the 68th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships at Waters Edge in Wilmington, Illinois.
Parrish ran 2.25 buoys at 41 feet off to win the top men’s slalom title, while Krueger clinched the top men’s jump spot with a leap of 225 feet. Barton-Bischoff defeated Danyelle Bennett in a run-off to win the top women’s slalom title. After both skiers tied with 3 buoys at 38 feet off, Barton-Bischoff clinched the title by running 2 buoys at 38 feet off to Bennett’s 1.5 buoys at 38 feet off.
In other Water Ski Nationals action, Jane Gay (Winter Garden, Florida) joined her daughter, Anna, as a national champion. Jane won the Women 3 tricks title, scoring 5,990 points. Anna won Girls 2 tricks earlier in the week. Libby Van Treese (Sidney, Ohio) won her eighth career national title, scoring 3,720 points in Women 4 tricks.
Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross, Alabama) won the Boys 3 overall title and Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, California) won the Girls 3 overall title.
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.