All of the Midwest State tournaments have now been imported into the rankings and qualifications database, and the qualifications updated as of a few minutes ago. So all of the individual event placements resulting from State Tournaments should now be reflected in the registration and qualifications displays for the Midwest Regionals.
There is one sole exception -- OVERALL placements from last year's Regionals, or this year's State tournaments, are not currently picked up in the system. So if you have a top-3 Overall placement which qualifies you for Regionals, be sure to confirm that with the applicable scorebook, all of which are posted online. If you have such an Overall Placement Qualification, be sure to note that in the comments with your Registration, so that the Regionals Registrar will know to also consult the online scorebooks to verify that qualification.
On Tuesday, July 28th, the Ohio Water Ski Association will be conducting a junior development clinic for skiers of all ability levels. We welcome kids who can already ski the course as well as those who would like to try it for the first time (and everyone in between).
A VERY SPECIAL GUEST ISTRUCTOR
One of the instructors at the clinic will be Dane Mechler! Dane is coming home from Europe this week, where he won the Gold Medal at the U21 Water Ski World Championships, earlier this month. The event consisted of 45 of the top 21 and under water skiers in the world and Dane was the only skier in the finals to successfully complete the 10.75 meter line pass (39 ½ feet off).
Although Dane currently attends the University of Louisiana-Lafeyette, he is from Ohio and grew up participating in the tournaments and youth development programs offered by the Ohio Water Ski Association. In addition to being a great collegiate skier, he also has a reputation as being someone who is one of the best young instructors in the country.
We look forward to having him work with as many of the participants as possible and thank Dane for his willingness to help with this clinic!
Josh Cyphers of Shortlines Shores won Buckeye Buoy Tour Stop #4, the Dottie T Pick Your Poison. Josh ran a personal best of 2 @ 32 off in both the semi-finals and finals to take home his first Buckeye Buoy Tour victory! Rounding out the Top 3 were Erin Davis of Columbus Aqua Ski Club and Andrew French of Lake Lottawatta. Annemarie Wroblewski of Lake Swerve took home the win in Trick and Jeremy Albers, Miami University Alum, won jump.
On July 11th, the Glassy Waters Ski Club in Newton Falls, Ohio rolled out a new BBT format call "Pick Your Partner". In many ways it's the opposite of "Pick Your Poison". Instead of picking another skier to ski against, you get to pick another skier to ski with (as a team) in a head-to-dead format against another team. The highest combined average of each 2-person team advanced to a semi-final and final round.
Proving that the BBT handicapped scoring system works for all level of skiers - Caryl Kolb entered the tournament with an average of 3.25@32mph, while Dave Miller average 0.5@41off! Steady and consistent skiing by the pair allowed them to hold off the rapid improvement of 2nd place finisher Calvin Warren (B1) who put up a personal best of 0.5@23mph and a personal best from 3rd place finisher Shelly Rogers (G2) from Columbus Aqua with 2@22off.
Annemarie Wroblewski tied the G2 State Slalom record at the Shortline Shores Buckeye Buoy Tour Stop #4 (Pick Your Poison) with a score of 2.5 @ 32 off. She tied Keri McClure who last set the record in 2003.
Mike Bruni of Bootsarosa Lake tied the M4 State Slalom record July 16 with a score of 2 @ 41 off! The record was previously set by David Miller of Bellalago Lake in 2011.
Event Order for the 2015 State Championships
7:30 AM Saturday - SLALOM
MasterCraft: W1, W4, M1, M3, M6, OM, G3, B2
Nautique: W2, W6-11, B1, B3, M5, M7-11, MW, OW
Malibu: G1, G2, W5, M4, MM, W3, M2
8:00 AM Sunday
Remaining JUMP Events
*If a Centurion is available for slalom, then G2,W3,MW,W7-11,OW,B2,M2,M9-11 SLALOM will take place after the Malibu SLALOM skiers.
The U21 Water Ski World Championships were held this past weekend in Sesena Madrid Spain. Dane Mechler of Extreme Watersports Center won the Gold in the Men's Slalom Event. Dane was the only skier in the finals to successfully complete the 39 off pass and posted a final score of 2 buoys at 41 off!
Dane currently attends the University of Louisiana Lafayette where he is studying finance. Dane is the current Collegiate Men's slalom National Champion and the US M1 National Champion.
More information can be found regarding this event at www.usawaterski.org and at www.IWSF.com.
The Midwest Junior Development team is doing a spirit wear fundraiser. Orders are due by July 5th!
For the 4th consecutive year, D3 Skis has agreed to sponsor the Buckeye Buoy Tour by presenting the Tour Slalom Champion with a brand new D3 Ski! No other ski company in recent history has shown such a strong support for Ohio waterskiing so please look to them first for your equipment needs!
Ed Wiley of Georgetown, KY took the win in Stop #1 of the Buckeye Buoy Tour this weekend. The field somehow managed to avoid the surrounding thunderstorms and heavy winds throughout the day to get in the competition. Gar Bradley of Extreme Watersports Center took 2nd place followed by Cameron Kerns of Lake Bobason in 3rd.
On the trick and jump side it was a brotherly affair with Tyler Miller of the University of Cincinnati taking home the win in jump and Morgan Miller of the University of Cincinnati with the win in Trick.
07/31/2015 - 08/02/2015
08/10/2015 - 08/14/2015
08/22/2015 - 08/23/2015
2016 BBT Stop #1 (Pleasant Shores)
08/29/2015 - 08/30/2015
Midwest Collegiate Alumni Tournament
08/29/2015 - 08/30/2015
Collegiate We Suck Clinic (Location TBD)