15 Athletes Win Titles On Day 4 Of 80th Goode Water Ski Nationals

The 80th annual Goode Water Ski National Championships continued Wednesday at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan., with 15 athletes winning titles in respective divisions and events. More than 500 water ski athletes from across the United States are competing for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions during the seven-day tournament that culminates Saturday. 


Advancement to the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify by placing in the top-five in the previous year’s event or at respective 2022 regional championships.

The American Water Ski Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, and Mystic Lakes Water Ski Club are hosting the tournament.

Among the highlights on Day 4: Julie Mishler (Milford, Ind.) won the Girls 4 national slalom title after a run-of with Zoe Carpenter (Bloomingdale, N.Y.). After both skiers tied with 2 buoys at 35 feet off, Mishler won the subsequent run-off, scoring 1 buoy at 35 feet off to Carpenter’s ½ buoy at 35 feet off. Siblings Jaeden Eade (Clermont, Fla.) and Damien Eade (Clermont, Fla.) won titles in respective divisions. Jaeden won Boys 4 slalom while Damien won Boys 3 overall. Reese Townsend (Gilbert, Ariz.), who won the national slalom title on Tuesday’s Day 3, completed a division sweep by winning tricks and overall on Wednesday’s Day 4. Bode Bulfer (Northfield, Minn.) also completed a clean sweep of the Boys 2 national titles on Day 4. A day after winning slalom and jumping titles, Bulfer clinched the national tricks and overall titles. Carter Reese (Mooresville, N.C.) won his third consecutive national slalom title, taking Boys 5 after a run-off with Connor Pauley (Lutz, Fla.). After both skiers tied with 3 buoys at 38 feet off, Reese won the subsequent run-off, scoring 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off to Pauley’s 1 buoy at 38 feet off.

Wednesday’s (Day 4) National Champions

Boys 4 Slalom: Jaeden Eade (Clermont, Fla.), 2 buoys at 38 feet off; Girls 4 Slalom: Julie Mishler (Milford, Ind.), 2 buoys at 35 feet off; Boys 5 Slalom: Carter Reese (Mooresville, N.C.), 3 buoys at 38 feet off; Girls 5 Slalom: Alana Jones (Church Point, La.), 1 buoy at 38 feet off; Girls 2 Slalom and Overall: Alexia Abelson (Holderness, N.H.), ½ buoy at 38 feet off/3,656.30 points; Girls 3 Slalom and Overall: Cameron Davis (Milford, Va.), 1 buoy at 35 feet off/3,599.60 points; Boys 2 Tricks and Overall: Bode Bulfer (Northfield, Minn.), 3,380 points/3,334.60 points; Boys 3 Tricks: Bennett Covington (Martindale, Texas), 3,660 points; Boys 3 Overall: Damien Eade (Clermont, Fla.), 3,221.70 points; Girls 1 Tricks and Overall: Reese Townsend (Gilbert, Ariz.), 2,330 points/2,461.90 points; Open Women Tricks: Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), 10,690 points; Open Men Tricks: Kevin Jack (Winter Haven, Fla.), 8,830 points; Girls 4 Jumping and Overall: Ally Custer (Lake Lotawana, Mo.), 99 feet/2,581.00 points; Girls 5 Jumping: Elizabeth Hall (Newnan, Ga.), 119 feet; and Boys 4 Jumping: Gage Kacprowicz (San Antonio, Texas), 136 feet.


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Competition continues Thursday at 7:00 a.m. The 2022 America's Cup Invitational will be held under the lights in conjunction with the 80th Goode Water Ski National Championships on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. More than $30,000 in prize money will be awarded. The event is open to U.S. athletes only. A live webcast can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/c/waterskibroadcasting.

The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.

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