10 Athletes Win Titles On Day 6 Of 80th Goode Water Ski Nationals

The 80th annual Goode Water Ski National Championships continued Friday at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan., with 10 athletes winning national 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 6: Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.) won the Men 4 national tricks, jumping and overall titles. Sage Pottbecker (Morris, Conn.) won the Women 1 national slalom title after a run-off with Kate White (Pike Road, Ala.). After both skiers tied with 5 buoys at 35 feet off, Pottbecker won the run-off, scoring 5 buoys at 32 feet off to White’s 0 buoys at 32 feet off.

Friday’s (Day 6) National Champions

Men 5 Slalom: Chad Baker (Dallas, Texas), 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off; Men 5 Jumping: Randy Sterba (San Diego, Calif.), 140 feet; Men 5 Overall: Hutch Haines (Avon, Conn.), 2,625.50 points; Women 5 Slalom: Tina Grossi (Sunland, Calif.), 1 buoy at 35 feet off; Women 1 Slalom: Sage Pottbecker (Morris, Conn.), 5 buoys at 35 feet off; Masters Women Slalom: Deana Cowger (Frisco, Texas), 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off; Men 4 Tricks, Jumping and Overall: Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.), 2,370 points/140 feet/2,489.70 points; Women 2 Tricks: Jade Hanson (Rosharon, Texas), 3,470 points; Men 1 Tricks: Zachary Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), 4,860 points; and Men 2 Jumping: Grant Schipper (Minnetonka, Minn.), 167 feet.


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The final day of competition begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. A live webcast, daily scorebooks, schedules and additional information on the Nationals can be found at www.waterskinationals.com.


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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