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The Mad-City Ski Team competed at the 2012 National Show Ski Tournament at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI this past weekend. Competing against 13 of the best ski teams in the nation, Mad-City took 2nd place to the host team the Rock Aqua Jays of Janesville, WI.
In addition to taking 2nd place in the tournament, Mad-City’s star swivel act won the award for highest scoring swivel act in the tournament.
Mad-City member Jeff Jacobson won the Skip Gilkerson Award given to the outstanding male skier of the tournament.
Below are some pictures from Mad-City’s show.
Finally, here is a highlight video of the team’s show. It’s a little long at 14 minutes, but you’ll see pretty much everything that went through the show course.
Here are the full results of the tournament.
In a tournament featuring 26 ski teams from around Wisconsin competing over the course of the 4-day weekend, the Mad-City Ski Team took 1st place at the 2012 Wisconsin State Show Ski Tournament over the weekend of July 19-22.
The weekend started on Thursday, when two of our members competed in the individual swivel competition. Leah Straub took 3rd place and Sara Tubbs took 6th place. Mad-City also fielded a team for the team jump competition and took 2nd place.
On Friday, the team held its now customary team meeting in the evening for a chance to eat dinner together, socialize a little, practice the team’s intros and dances one final time before the tournament and to see the debut of the full comedy skits that will be performed. I know when I left my face hurt from laughing so hard.
Saturday finally arrived and the weather gods seemed to help Mad-City out in their own little way, as show time arrived, it wasn’t raining (although there had been a few sprinkles prior to the show) and it wasn’t crazy hot.
Here are a few pictures from the show for you to browse through…
Finally, since pictures can’t always do the show justice, here’s a highlight video clip. I tried to keep it short, but with so much to highlight, that just wasn’t possible.
On Sunday, when the results were announced, Mad-City took home awards for Best Comedy, Best Dock & Equipment, Best Pick Up Crew, Best Tow Boat Driving and Best Ballet. Some other highlights include having the highest scoring showmanship and the highest scoring act in the tournament (girls ballet) and 2 of the 3 best ballet lines in the tournament (combo ballet was the 3rd highest scoring ballet line).
Here are some pictures from the awards ceremony…
Since you probably want to see more of the ‘Little Orphan Adam’ comedy skit, here’s the whole thing…
And finally, since it’s tradition, the team went swimming in Lake Wazecha to celebrate their win.
The Mad-City Ski Team started off the season strong with our best finish ever at the 2012 Mercury Marine Open held in Janesville, WI at Traxler Park on June 23 & 24th.
Mad-City took 2nd place behind the host team the Rock Aqua Jays. Wonder Lake took 3rd place and Badgerland took 4th.
Here are some pictures from the show.
Thanks to Jim’s Photos for the great pictures.
This past weekend, the Mad-City Ski Team competed at the National Show Ski Tournament at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI. The team had placed 2nd at the Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament (the regional qualifier tournament) and was looking to both clean up the show a little bit and make a few of the acts just a bit bigger and try out a few new tricks in our show for Nationals.
But the weeks leading up to the tournament proved to be challenging for the team. Besides dealing with the incredible heat and humidity that had moved into the area in the week before the state tournament, two very prominent and important members of the team were injured. Ann, who is a Wisconsin State and National Swivel Champion, suffered a broken ankle about 2 weeks before the tournament and Lori, another important member suffered a severely pulled muscle the day before the tournament opened that prevented her from skiing.
The team didn’t let the weather, the wind, the water or injuries slow it down. The home show the week before Nationals proved to be one of the team’s best shows at home (or anywhere else) that year, one that we’d like to have performed at Nationals, and given the less than ideal conditions at our home site, that is a huge accomplishment.
During the final week of preparations, the team performed a couple more show run thrus, gave a couple acts a little extra time on the water and worked hard on our skits and intros… basically, putting the little extra polish on our show.
Finally, the tournament arrived. On Friday during individuals, Kristen Block, one of the team’s members, competed in the Individual Swivel Competition. Here is her swivel routine…
Facing some tough competition, Kristen placed 3rd in the Swivel Competition.
Friday night, the team met for a final team meeting to go through our intros, dances and responsibilities during the team’s setup and tear down times. Basically, a mini dress rehearsal, minus the costumes and skiing… and one less thing to worry about in the morning, which was going to come very early.
Saturday arrived (barely) and throughout team member’s homes, alarms went off about 3:15am and Mad-City’s migration to Janesville started. I’m assuming most team members packed the majority of their stuff into their cars the night before and had hooked up to whatever they might be towing, leaving the only responsibilities in the morning to be whatever they needed to do to wake up and eat some breakfast before getting on the road to Janesville by 4am.
5am arrives, Traxler Park opens and Mad-City shows up to get ready for our show at Nationals. Being the first team on the water, the team’s setup time started at 7:30am, leaving just a couple hours for the team build the back drop, the girls to put on make up, everyone to get their costumes, 100s of ropes to re-wrapped and for people to gather and preset their equipment. Boats were launched, floaters put into positions, backdrops placed and then it was show time.
Here are some pictures from the show…
And, by looking at the pictures, you can see that Ann, broken ankle and all, still skied. She hadn’t practiced for the prior two weeks other than to try it out the day before to see if she could ski with her broken and since she could, she did.
The team was very happy with the show. A few things that usually make it didn’t, but just about everything did make it. Clean pyramids, strong swivel act, good big act, great tandem act, awesome ending pyramid, a phenomenal ballet act and some great new comedy and it all added up to a show the team could be very proud of.
Here’s a short highlight video…
Yes, 13 minutes isn’t that short, but there were a lot of highlights.
And for those that want to see the whole show, here you go…
When the final results were announced, the Mad-City Ski Team placed 3rd behind the Rock Aqua Jays (Janesville, WI) who took 1st and the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, IL) who took 2nd.
From USA Water Ski:
8/14/2011 20:04:12 – The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team (Janesville, Wis.) won the national team title at the 37th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, Aug. 12-14, on the Rock River at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis. It was the Rock Aqua Jays’ 16th national team title.
The Rock Aqua Jays tallied 2,021.16 points in sweeping the traditional box scores for Dock & Equipment Crew, Pick-Up Boat Driving, Towboat Driving and Sound Crew, and earning top-scoring awards for Pyramid, Swivel, Doubles, Showmanship, Overall Show and High Individual Club Act. It was the Rock Aqua Jays’ first national team title since 2005.
The defending champion Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.) finished second with 1,961.32 points and the Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.) placed third with 1,914.04 points. The Backwater Gamblers (Rock Island, Ill.), which scored 1,801.68 points, and Badgerland (Waukesha, Wis.), which tallied 1,723.50 points, rounded out the top-five placements.
The tournament featured 14 teams and more than 1,500 athletes competing for the coveted show ski national title. In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score acts by awarding points based on originality, presentation and execution. Elaborate costumes and staging intermix with music and fast action on the water as an announcer leads the audience through the show.
Jacklyn Kumlien (Janesville, Wis.) and Bob Panter (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) received the Willa Cook and Skip Gilkerson awards, respectively. The awards are given to the tournament’s top female and male performers, as voted on by the tournament officials.
Thanks to Jim’s Photos for the great pictures of this show and every show!
The Mad-City Ski Team took 2nd place at the 2011 Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament behind the Janesville Rock Aqua Jays.
After a long week of practice in some very hot and humid weather, Friday evening arrived and the team met for our now routine night before meeting, going through all of responsibilities during the setup and tear down times as well as practicing all of our intros and dances.
Saturday morning arrived and, just like the rest of the week so far, it was hot and humid with some storms looming on the radar, but show time finally arrived. It was still hot and still humid and the wind was just starting to pick up a little bit.
Here are some pictures from our show…
After ballet, Big Act was ready to go on the dock when the wind picked up dramatically, to the point where the backdrops were nearly blown over…
After a roughly 30 minute delay, the front moved through, the wind died down and the storms seemed to miss us. With the backdrops back in place, the show started back up…
After our ending pyramid, with time left on the clock, the team made the decision to re-run our ballet act (which had been partially pinned the first time.) The re-run paid off as they performed the water routine and stage dance again, this time, both flawlessly.
Overall, the team skied a very good show. With the exception of our jump acts which struggled a bit and ballet being pinned and needing to be re-run, the overall show was actually very clean. The team finished the marathon show in the heat and humidity knowing we had skied our hearts out and entertained the crowd.
Here’s a 9-minute version of our 60-minutes show…
Sunday, after all of the teams had competed, the awards were finally announced. The Aqua Jays, who had skied a very good show with huge numbers, swept the box scores and took 1st place overall. The Aquanuts had the highest scoring act of the tournament with their ballet line, the Aqua Jays had the highest scoring barefoot line, the Waterbugs had the highest scoring jump act and Badgerland had the highest scoring pyramid act.
Heather Addie won the Janie Dibble/Michelle Cook Outstanding Female Skier and Dave Rezin won the Jack Lukes Outstanding Male Skier awards.
The final results of the top 5…
- Rock Aqua Jays – 2026
- Mad-City Ski Team – 1732
- Badgerland – 1652
- Aquanuts – 1634
- Webfooters – 1633
Thanks to Jim’s Photos for the great pictures.
This past Sunday the Mad-City Ski Team competed at the Mercury Open Tournament in Janesville, WI with 12 other teams. The tournament provides a great warm-up for the upcoming Wisconsin State Tournament that occurs July 21-24.
Mad-City skied first on Sunday which meant the team needed to arrive at the show site by 5am which meant many of us woke up sometime between 3am and 3:30am to make it there on time. (For me at least, that is a time that I’m usually falling asleep, not waking up.)
The team took 3rd at the tournament, placing behind the Rock Aqua Jays (from Janesville who took 1st Place) and the Wonder Lake Ski Team (from Wonder Lake, IL who took 2nd and was last year’s National Champion).
As a whole, the team was very happy with our skiing at the tournament and we’ll be ready for the state tournament in a few weeks.
Pictures from our Tournament Show
(Click on the thumbnails below to embiggen the pictures.)
Photos courtesy of Jim’s Photos.
This past weekend, the Mad-City Ski Team, along with 9 other teams, competed at the Mercury Marine Open in Janesville, WI at Traxler Park. Mad-City has always used this first tournament of the year as a way to gauge our progress as the team prepares for the state tournament and after skiing a very nice show on Saturday, our state tournament preparation is coming along nicely.
In the tournament, Mad-City took 5th place overall and was only about 160 points from 3rd place. With lots of places in our show for our team to continue improving, we were very happy with our overall show and placement. The state tournament is just 3 weeks away and we plan to put on a great show for everyone up in Wisconsin Rapids on July 19th.
Final results of the all the teams were as follows:
- Rock Aqua Jays
- Wonder Lake
- Water Bugs
- Five Seasons
To view more pictures from the tournament and all of our shows, please visit Jim’s Photos.
The Mad-City Ski Team competed at the 2009 National Water Sk Show Tournament at Shorewood Park in Loves Park, llinois the weekend of August 7-9 with the goal of winning a fourth straight National Championship. Continue reading
Over the weekend of July 16 thru the 19th the Mad-City Ski Team competed at the Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament on Lake Wazecha just outside of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. 23 show ski teams from throughout Wisconsin competed at the tournament, making it the largest water ski tournament of any kind anywhere in the world.
The tournament starts with individual competitions on Thursday where we had several people competing. The weather on Thursday was not very friendly for water skiing. It was cool and very windy, with the wind right out of the west which produced a very rare situation on Lake Wazecha… white caps.
Carly Cates and Paul O’Conner competed in the doubles competition and took 6th place.
Ann Tieman competed in the swivel competition and put on an excelent performance and took 2nd. A video of her performance is below.
Mad-City’s Ann Tieman at the
2009 Wisconsin State Individual Swivel Competition [link]
Our jump team competed in the Team Jump competition where they performed flawlessly and ended up taking 2nd place. A video of their performance is below.
Mad-City Ski Team’s Jump Team in the Team Jump Competition Video [link]
Paul O’Conner also competed in the Free Style Jump Competition and took 2nd place overall.
On Friday morning, the division 2 teams began skiing in the cool, cloudy, sometimes raining weather. With a high only in the 60s, it was one of the coldest state tournaments in my memory. On Saturday morning Mad-City finally took to the water to perform our show. A short highlight video of our performance is below.
Mad-City 2009 Wisconsin State Tournament Highlight Video [link]
On Sunday afternoon the results were announced and Mad-City took home several awards. The team was recognized for the Best Ballet Line, Best Jump Act, Best Dock & Equipment, Best Pickup Boat Drivers and Best Audio Presentation. When the team results were announced, the Mad-City Ski Team took 1st place overall. Here is a link to the full results (2009 Wisconsin State Tournament Results).
The 2008 National Show Ski Tournament was originally scheduled to take place at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wisconsin, but, due to the high waters that affected the southern part of Wisconsin and much of the mid-west the most prestiguos tournament was moved to Wisconsin Rapids, the same site as the Wisconsin State Show Ski Tournament.
Having Nationals in Wisconsin Rapids made it almost seem like a second state tournament for Mad-City. It’s a ski site a lot of us love and the Wisconsin Rapid Aqua Skiers always hosts a very fun tournament and we always seem to have a good time when we visit.
The tournament kicked off Friday morning with individuals taking place and Mad-City had a number of our members competing in the individual competition. In the individual Swivel Ski Competition, our own Ann Wittenberg took to the water first.
Following Ann for Mad-City was Kristen Armstrong. Also competing in the swivel competition and she put together a great routine, even poking fun at the fact that she had to move around to find a place to ski.
She began her year skiing for the Tommy Bartlett Ski Show in the Wisconsin Dells, however, due to the flooding and subsequent drainage of Lake Delton, the Tommy Bartlett show was no longer and on the water and she eventually made her way to the Mad-City Ski Team.
Ironically, when she came to Mad-City, Mad-City was also on the move. Our primary ski site on Lake Monona in Madison had too much water and was “Slow No Wake” so we weren’t able to ski there. We were able to secure a site on Lake Wisconsin, only to later find out we had to move a couple hundred yards up the shore, and then encountered some blue-green algea forcing to just hold land practices. In spite of Mother Nature’s effort to keep Kristen off the water, she still put together a routine that was good enough for 1st place in the swivel competition.
The next event was the doubles competition. Mad-City had a couple qualify for this event as well. Paul O’Connor and Carly Cates competed and did very well for the first trip to Nationals. They suffered a bit of a snafu with the sound for their short opening dance and skit, but, they took to the water with a sliding dock start. Unfortunatly, Paul lost a ski on the start, but they skied away and completed their first couple passes before they needed to get Paul’s lost ski. Here are a couple pictures from their run…
After doubles, the final event taking place on Friday was the Team Jump Competition. Mad-City features a large group of very talented jumpers, however, on that day, it simply was not meant to be. After waiting through a two-hour delay caused by stormy weather, the Mad-City jump team took to the water and competed and that’s about all we can say about it…
One of the highlights of the act was Rock Cates jump. Unlike some of the other jumps, he skied away.
After individual’s wrapped up, the team gathered together at a picnic shelter for our normal pre-tournament team meeting. Our picnic featured some tasty pizza from a local pizza place, a slight change from our pot-luck that we have prior to our State Ski Show weekend, a pot-luck that normally features the Wang families fanstastic turkey sandwhiches. This meeting allows us one last chance to go through all of the details of our show… our intros, our dances and our comedy skits.
One of the few changes from our State ski show was that we decided to revamp some of the comedy and we completely redid one of our skits.
A week before Nationals, Adam Schaller and Matt Baumler (our announcers) put together a brand new playlist for a new dance they planned to do and sent it to Eric Wedige (me, our sound technician) so their new routine could be put together. After a long ski practice and late night of editing, I sent them back their new song to dance to. At the picnic, they performed their new dance in front of a crowd for the very first time and we, the team, loved it. (Here’s the video of them performing it at Nationals.) Here are a few pictures from the team picnic.
We did take time for our team picture…
Finally, after months of preparation, Saturday arrived. The culmination of almost 10 months of preparation and countless hours of behind the scenes work, we were about to put on the the most important show of the year. We gathered at the ski site early, where some of us grab an early breakfast, while others eat some leftovers from the night before, and others simply pace around the site anxiously. Finally, show time arrives. Instead of a ton of pictures of every act, here’s a highlight clip of the ski show…
With the show over, now we can all relax. The rest of the weekend is spent relaxing, watching the other ski teams’ shows and having a good time. Sunday afternoon finally arrives and the last ski show finishes up. All the ski teams gather on the beach for the award ceremony.
First up for the awards are some awards from the individuals. Here is Kristen collecting her trophy for 1st Place in the Swivel Competition.
After the individual awards are handed out, they start doing the act awards for the tournament and Mad-City collected a few of those…
Mad-City also won manys of the traditional box scores…
Finally, it was time for the overall team awards and Mad-City had a long wait to find out their placement, which is always a very good problem to have. They work their way from last to first.
Anxiously awaiting, they made their way to the final two teams…and they were both announced simultaniously.
2nd place had 1981.4 points and 1st place had 2069.22 points.
And then they announced that the Rock Aqua Jays took 2nd place meaning that we, Mad-City, had taken 1st place. Our show directors for 2008, Matt and Kristen run down to accept the award and the team follows them down in a crowd dust.
Much like State weekend, Nationals weekend was very successful for the Mad-City Ski Team. We took home the awards for Best Ballet, Best Barefoot Act, Best Jump Act, Best Swivel Act, Best Pick Up Boats, Best Tow Boats, and Best Sound Crew, and had the highest scoring act of the tournament with our Comedy Act. We also had the best showmanship and had the 2nd best pyramid act.
The 2008 National Championship is Mad-City’s 3rd National Championship in a row and 4th in the past 5-years. We previously won in 2004, 2006, 2007 and now in 2008.
Attached is the Official Scores: 2008 National Results