The 2014 Ball State Fling wrapped up this past weekend at Pleasant Shores in Van Wert, Ohio. The University of Cincinnati came out on top this past weekend placing first in jump and finishing with a score of 6,525. Finishing only 10 points behind UC was The Ohio State University, who placed first in slalom and trick. Miami University came in third.
Although very chilly, the tournament kicked off Saturday morning at 7:30am with women’s A slalom followed by men’s A slalom, then headed straight into B team. For the women, Ali Mollet from Bowling Green University took first place 3.5 buoys at 32-off. For the men Briant Detty, from Indiana University, placed first with 5 buoys at 35-off|
With everything running smooth, the day continued right into trick. For the women, Riley Daulton, from The Ohio State, took first in trick and jump. She tricked 1,340 points and jumped 78 feet. Briant Detty, from Indiana University, also took first in trick and jump. He tricked 1,800 points and jumped 146 feet!
For the women overall, Riley Daulton, from The Ohio State University, took first followed by Savannah Leutz, from The University of Illinois and Megan Lambert , from Purdue. For the men overall Briant Detty from Indiana took first followed by Kevin Dammeyer, from Ohio State, and Le Rouse, from the University of Cincinnati. Congratulations to all the skiers for all their hard work and accomplishments!
We would like to thank Andrew and Jonathan French and the rest of the officials and safety officers for their hard work and time, as well as Jim McClure for hosting the tournament. Good Luck to all the teams competing this upcoming weekend at Conference Championships. We hope for good weather and safe skiing!
The 2014 Southern Ohio Challenge wrapped up this past weekend at Skiers Runway in Harrison, Ohio. Purdue University came out on top placing first in trick and jump and with a score of 4,555. The University of Cincinnati, who took first in slalom, ended only 65 points below Purdue. The Ohio State University took third.
The tournament kicked off Saturday morning at 8am with men’s A slalom followed by women’s A slalom, then headed straight into B team. For the men, Kevin Dammeyer, from Ohio State University and Briant Detty, from Indiana University, tied for first with 3 buoys at 35 off. For the girls, Ali Mollet from Bowling Green University took first place 2.5 buoys at 35 off.
With the rain still holding off the day continued with trick. Briant Detty, from Indiana University, also took first in trick and jump. He tricked 1,530 points and jumped 160 ft.! For the women, Kristen Dammeyer, from Ohio State, took first in trick with 1,560 points and Heidi Wagner, from the University of Cincinnati, took first in jump with 51 ft.!
Overall Briant Detty from Indiana took first followed by Kevin Dammeyer, from Ohio State, and Le Rouse, from the University of Cincinnati. For the women overall, Ali Mollet, from Bowling Green, took first followed by Michelle Bullock, from Purdue and Megan Lambert , from Purdue. Congratulations to all the skiers for all their hard work and accomplishments!
We would like to thank Debbie Kern and the rest of the officials and safety officers for their hard work and time, as well as Gil Ruehl for hosting the tournament. Good Luck to all the teams competing this upcoming weekend. We hope for good weather and safe skiing!
Ohio Water Ski Association Jr. Development Clinic at White Sulfur Lake – September, 2014
The Ohio Water Ski Association conducted a junior development clinic on September 7th just north of Dublin, Ohio. This small clinic was open to all level of junior skiers, but was especially organized for skiers who have never attempted or have never successfully completed a pass on a slalom course. We wanted to give an opportunity to kids who can get up on one ski and now would like to learn how to ski the slalom course.
In all, we had 13 kids participate, many of whom are very novice slalom skiers and had never tried the course. There were smiles everywhere and we hope to see many of them competing in Buckeye Buoy Tour events, next summer.
Thanks to all who participated and to all who volunteered to make this event happen. Special thanks to the Columbus Aqua Ski Club for shutting down their lake for our use and to our instructors, Greg and Marcia Davis, who are long-time staples of the local and national waterskiing community.
Please watch for more of these "introductory" slalom course clinics in 2015."
In the meantime, please contact Michael Davis (614-551-1493) if you know a kid who doesn’t have access to get more involved in the sport of water skiing. Whether it is someone who would like to try skiing for the first time or someone who knows how to slalom ski and wants to try the course for the first time, we would love to help them.
Top Row (Left to Right): Shelly Rogers, Kaitlyn Pheifer, Dawson Brehm, Erin Davis, Alex Brehm & Brooke Davis.
Second Row (Left to Right): Paige Davis, Laney Fasanelli, Audrey Hofer, Katherine Brehm, Grace Hofer & Maggie Davis
Not Pictured: Kristen Brown
Thanks to the Columbus Aqua Ski Club, the Ohio Water Ski Association will be conducting a junior development clinic on September 7th (from 11:00 - 5:00). This small clinic is open to all level of junior skiers, but is especially organized for skiers who have never attempted or have never successfully completed a pass on a slalom course. This is a perfect opportunity for kids who can get up on one ski and now would like to learn how to ski a slalom course.
Due to a limited number of drivers and instructors, this clinic is restricted to the first 10 to register. Please contact Michael Davis (@ 614-551-1493) for more information or to register.
Please watch for more of these "introductory" slalom course clinics in 2015."
Congratulations to Dane Mechler who took first place in the U-21 division at the Malibu Open!
See results here! (Link)
Riley Daulton and Madison Schneider organized the 1st Annual OWSA Superlative Awards.
Want to know who is the scrappiest skier, the hottest mom, the cutest couple? Find out here!
Congratulations Libby! Thank you for all your hard work, dedication and service to the Ohio Waterski community.
Mens 1 skier Dane Mechler set two new slalom records this past weekend.
Dane set the Ohio Mens 1 overall slalom record at the final Buckeye Buoy Tour stop on Friday with a score of 4 @ 39.5off (36mph).
Dane followed up his effort the next day at the State Championships, setting a State Championship meet record with a score of 3 @ 39.5off (36mph).
Dane will skiing at the U-21 in the Malibu Open this weekend.
Congratulations Dane! Good Luck this weekend!
Saturday was a great day of skiing as Shortline Shores hosted another fantastic event.
There were over 70 skiers in what would be the largest State Finals in over a decade.
The deadline for anyone that qualified for the Midwest Regionals by any of the Last Chance Qualifying (LCQ) methods is midnight on July 28th. If you have qualified via any of the LCQ's, check the box that you are a member of the Host Club on the Financial Summary page and enter the code FHiJB and it will adjust the late fees.
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Annual Summer Meeting:
The annual summer meeting of OWSA will be held on Friday night at approximately 8:00 on site at Shortline Shores in St Marys. It is highly recommended that all clubs have a representative at the meeting. Annual Club Dues should be paid prior to the meeting. If you would like to host the 2015 State Championships please come to the meeting to place your bid. OWSA is looking for volunteers to be officers for 2015, Karl Dammeyer will be stepping down as President after this week. All of these matters and more will be addressed at the Annual Summer Meeting on Friday.
State Championship Event Order
All slalom will be run on Saturday morning(start time 8 am), followed by Junior trick & jump, and then mens/womens jump. Due to a low number of junior trick and jump skiers, it is anticipated that we will have time for some if not all of the adults to jump on Saturday afternoon. We will stop jumping at 5:30 to prepare for the State Banquet. The remainder of the jump event and all of the trick event will be run on Sunday.
Slalom Event Order is as follows based on the boat draw for Nationals:
Mastercraft: MM, G1, G2, W5, M4
Malibu: M5, B1, B3, M7, M8, W2, W6
Centurion: M1, M3, W1, W4, M6
Nautique: M2, B2, G3, W7-11, W3, M9-11
State Championship Banquet
Location: Varsity Lanes Banquet Room (91 Herzing St, St. Marys)
Time: Doors open at 6, meal at 7pm, awards for all events completed immediately following meal.
Price: Skiers free, non skier $10
Full cash bar which has 25+ types of beer on draft.
Ryan Houser of Lake Lottawatta won Buckeye Buoy Tour Stop #5 at the Pleasant Shores Big Buckeye in Van Wert, OH. Houser ran a Personal Best of 2 buoys @ 30 mph in the finals to edge out 2nd place finisher Bobby Busche of the University of Cincinnati. Greg Chapman of Albany, OH finished in 3rd place. It was the first Top 3 finish for all three skiers in any Buckeye Buoy Tour.
It was two Miami University Alumni taking home the wins in trick and jump. Jeremy Albers won trick and Nick Perrino won jump. The 2014 Buckeye Buoy Tour winners for trick, jump, and overall will be announced at the State Championship Banquet on Saturday night!
The regional qualification cutoff was July 17th and now everyone knows whether they are qualified for regionals, The Regional Entry deadline is Monday July 21 to avoid a $10 per day late fee. Qualification for regionals is level 6 except for mens 3-4 slalom which is level 7. For skiers that do not qualify until after July 21st via one of the LCQ methods have until July 28 to enter. These skiers must use code FHiJB to avoid late fee. All skiers who qualify before July 21st will be subject to the $10 per day late fee even if they use this code. Please spread the word of this to all your skiers via email and at tournaments this weekend, late fees can really add up quick, register now!
It's a tight race for the 2014 Buckeye Buoy Tour and the overall Tour Standings have just been released for each event. Josie Kuenning of Extreme Watersports Center stands atop both the Slalom & Trick standings with Le Rouse of Extreme Watersports Center on top of the Jump & Overall standings. Click on "Read More" for the complete list. Overall slalom points are posted below, however the final winner and point totals for Trick, Jump, & Overall will not be revealed until the OWSA State Championship Banquet so it could be anyone's game at this point!
Debbie Kern of Skiers Runway proved to have the most endurance on Saturday winning Buckeye Buoy Tour Stop #4. The Dottie T Spin It to Win It finals is one the BBT favorites and Kern ran 3 full pass plus 1.5 buoys (19.5) to bring home the Gold Fin Firkin! Josie Kuenning of Extreme Watersports Center took 2nd place with 11 total buoys in the finals and Laura Boehm of Skiers Runway rounded out the Top 3 also running 11 buoys in the finals.
Josie Kuenning also had a good Tour Stop in the Trick event edging out Le Rouse of the University of Cincinnati for 1st place. Erica Van Treese finished in 3rd.
In Jump it was Heidi Wagner of the University of Cincinnati edging out Garnet Fowler for the top spot. Nick Perrino finished in 3rd place.
D3 Skis confirmed this weekend that they will once again sponsor the Buckeye Buoy Tour by awarding the Tour Slalom Champion a brand new D3 Helix. The Helix is the latest high end ski from D3 and there are already a number of skiers around Ohio riding this stick. Thank you to D3 for their generous support!
Erin Davis of Columbus Aqua Ski Club ran a Personal Best 3.25 buoys @ 24 mph to take the win in the 2014 Bobason Round Robin on Saturday. Jack Kuenning of Extreme Watersports Center took 2nd place with a Personal Best in the finals of 3 buoys @ 26 mph and Nick Perrino of Cincinnati, OH rounded out the Top 3 running 99.5% of his average.
In trick, it was Heidi Wagner of the University of Cincinnati edging out Keri McClure of Pleasant Shores for the trick title. Le Rouse from the University of Cincinnati rounded out the Top 3.
Le Rouse was also in the Top 4 in the jump event and edged out Kristin McClure of Pleasant Shores for the top spot. Heidi Wagner finished 3rd for her 2nd Top 3 finish of the day.
Click "Read More" for the complete scorebook.