13 Athletes Win Titles On Day 5 Of 80th Goode Water Ski Nationals

The 80th annual Goode Water Ski National Championships continued Thursday at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan., with 13 athletes winning national titles in respective divisions an 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 5: Erick Macias (Winter Garden, Fla.) won his third consecutive national tricks title, claiming the Boys 5 title with a score of 8,780 points. Jake Abelson (Holderness, N.H.) won his second consecutive national tricks and overall titles, scoring 10,510 points in winning Boys 4 tricks and tallying 3,781.20 points in winning Boys 4 overall. His score of 10,510 points is a new national championships’ record for Boys 5 tricks. Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the Open Men national slalom title, scoring a new national championships’ record of 1 buoy at 43 feet off. Smith had held the mark with 4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off, set at the 2021 Nationals in Wilmington, Ill. Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Cale Burdick (Brighton, Mich.) won the Open Women and Open Men national overall titles, respectively.

Thursday’s (Day 5) National Champions

Men 4 Slalom: CC Brown (Chico, Calif.), 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Open Women Slalom: Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Open Men Slalom: Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.), 1 buoy at 43 feet off; Boys 5 Tricks: Erick Macias (Winter Garden, Fla.), 8,780 points; Boys 5 Jumping and Overall: Ty Kosek (Buffalo, Minn.), 161 feet/2,970.5 points; Men 5 Tricks: Marc Bedsole (Orlando, Fla.), 4,450 points; Boys 4 Tricks and Overall: Jake Abelson (Holderness, N.H.), 10,510 points/3,781.20 points; Girls 5 Tricks: Kendra Nathan (Canyon Lake, Calif.), 4,330 points; Girls 5 Overall: Cleia Stern (Groveland, Fla.), 2,668.90 points; Open Women Jumping: Lauren Morgan (St. Louis, Mo.), 169 feet; Open Women Overall: Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), 3,632.60 points; Open Men Jumping: Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), 232 feet; and Open Men Overall: Cale Burdick (Brighton, Mich.), 3,290.30 points.


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Competition continues Friday at 8:00 a.m.

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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