Fifteen water ski racing athletes won titles at the ninth annual U.S. Open Water Ski Racing National Championships, Oct. 12-13, on Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif. The National Water Ski Racing Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski since 1991, hosted the two-day competition.
More than 60 athletes competed in two rounds of circle-sprint races on a 2-1/2-mile course located between East Vacation Isle and Fiesta Island. Athletes from the same class race on an oval course with straight-a-ways approximately one-mile in length and turns at three buoys. The athletes drew for pole positions, made a deep-water start at the drop of a green flag and raced in lanes for a designated number of laps. Athletes competed for titles in 18 age divisions and classes. Overall placements were determined by total number of points. In the event of a tie, total race time broke the tie.
Among the highlights, Todd Haig (Redlands, Calif.) won the Men’s Open title, while Katelin Wendt (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) won the Women’s Open title. Wendt also won the Women’s Outboard title.
Other athletes earning U.S. Open titles in respective divisions were: Katie Headon (Rolling Hills Estate, Calif.), 16 and Under Girls; Brett Kennedy (Skyforest, Calif.), 16 and Under Boys; Shelby Guardalabene (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Women’s Novice; Cameron King (Huntington Beach, Calif.), 17-29 Men and Men’s Outboard; Lori Dunsmore (Boulder City, Nev.), 30 & Over Women; Kane Kennedy (Skyforest, Calif.), GrassRoots and 60 MPH Open; Kyle Lancon (Carlsbad, Calif.), Stock Boat; Trevor Wendt (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Hands Out Front; Chris Sharp (Alta Loma, Calif.), Social/Pro-Social; Andy Anderson (Corona, Calif.), 30-49 Men; Jeff Maginn (La Canada, Calif.), Men’s Novice; Dennis Hall (Alta Loma, Calif.), 50-60 Men; and Paul Thompson (Peterborough, United Kingdom), 61 and Over Men.
Randy Davis (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Dennis Hall (Alta Loma, Calif.) earned awards as the top-scoring driver and observer, respectively.