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Twenty Athletes Win National Titles At Kneeboard National Championships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sept. 14, 2005

       Event featured close to 40 of the nation's top kneeboard riders

POLK CITY, Fla. -- Twenty riders won national titles at the 2005 Kneeboard National Championships, presented by Georgia Prime Real Estate, Sept. 10-11, at Whitestone Lake in Ellijay, Ga. Hosted by the Skionee Board Team, the two-day championships featured close to 40 of the nation’s top kneeboard athletes competing for national titles in slalom, tricks, freestyle and flipout events.

 

“The Skionee Board Team hosted another spectacular season-finale event,” said Steve McDermeit, USA Water Ski’s executive director. “Congratulations to all the athletes who competed at this year’s Kneeboard National Championships.”

 

In the junior divisions, Joey Deutsch (Alpharetta, Ga.) swept titles in slalom (39 points), tricks (1,530 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Junior Boys; Cori Deutsch (Alpharetta, Ga.) won titles in slalom (22 points) and overall (1,800 points) and Lyssa Ritchhart (Orlando, Fla.) won the tricks title (1,400 points) in Junior Girls; Ken Stuart (Copperhill, Tenn.) swept titles in slalom (39 points), tricks (2,570 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Boys; Leah Ritchhart (Orlando, Fla.) won titles in tricks (1,460 points) and overall (2,000 points) and A'lisa Piper (Lake Placid, Fla.) won the slalom title (18 points) in Girls.

 

In the Men’s divisions, Kent Hartshorn (Goose Creek, S.C.) won titles in tricks (5,480 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Open Men in addition to winning titles in Men’s freestyle (18,658 points) and flipout (9 flips). Mark Ritchhart (Orlando, Fla.) won the slalom title (49 points) in Open Men. Nick Sauls (Winter Haven, Fla.) swept titles in slalom (22 points), tricks (2,560 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Men 1. Michael Marchand (Plaquemine, La.) swept titles in slalom (2 points), tricks (2,280 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Men 2. John Lane (Dothan, Ala.) swept titles in slalom (4 points), tricks (2,130 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Men 3. Kenny Stuart (Copperhill, Tenn.) swept titles in slalom (23 points), tricks (1,000 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Men 4. Andy Ladda (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) won the tricks title (320 points) in Men 5.

 

In the Women’s divisions, Christie Roberson (Summerville, S.C.) won the tricks title (1,780 points) in Open Women in addition to winning the title in Women’s freestyle (9,547 points). Crystal McKee (Knoxville, Tenn.) swept titles in slalom (40 points), tricks (1,480 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Women 1. Victoria Hartshorn (Goose Creek, S.C.) swept titles in slalom (4 points), tricks (1,230 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Women 2. Denys Anderson (Lakeland, Fla.) won titles in slalom (1 point) and overall (1,560 points) and Kathy Conner (Lakeland, Fla.) won the tricks event (500 points) in Women 3. Suzanne Kimrey (Davie, Fla.) swept titles in slalom (4 points), tricks (620 points) and overall (2,000 points) in Women 4. Doris Rohner (Davie, Fla.) won the tricks title (340 points) in Women 5.

 

Athletes competed in 17 divisions – ranging from Junior to Open. In the slalom event, competitors attempted to ski around each buoy in a six-buoy course, with the towline being shortened each time a complete pass was achieved. In the tricks event, the skier performed as many maneuvers as possible in two 20-second passes. Tricks scores were based on a predetermined point-value system. The subjectively scored freestyle event included a variety of flips and aerial maneuvers. In the flipout event, competitors competed for a maximum of 25 seconds, completing up to 10 flips in the shortest amount of time.

 

For complete results, visit USAWATERSKI.org.


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