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The Mad-City Ski Team competed at the 2013 National Water Ski Show Tournament in Loves Park, IL on the weekend of August 9 – 11, 2013.
On Friday, at the Individual Competition, Mad-City member Leah Straub competed in the Individual Swivel Competition and won the Swivel National Championship.
The team skied 2nd on Saturday morning. Here’s a highlight video of the show…
On Sunday, after all the team’s finished skiing, the results were announced and Mad-City took 2nd place at the tournament.
From the USA Water Ski Press Release:
The Rock Aqua Jays tallied 2,033.46 points in winning top awards for Dock & Equipment Personnel (tie), Showmanship, Sound Crew, Overall Show, Barefoot, Pyramid, Strap Doubles and Swivel. The Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.), earning the top award for towboat driving, finished second with 1,924.88 points, and the Aquanut Water Shows (Twin Lakes, Wis.), earning top awards for Dock & Equipment Personnel (tie) and Ballet, placed third with 1,923.46 points. Wonder Lake (Wonder Lake, ill.), which scored 1,734.5 points, and the Backwater Gamblers (Rock Island, Ill.), which tallied 1,723.14 points and earned the top award for Pick-Up Boat Crews, rounded out the top-five placements.
Mad-City also won the award for best boat driving in the tournament.
Here are the complete results from the tournament:
The Wisconsin Rapid Aqua Skiers hosted the 2013 Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships the weekend of July 18th thru the 21st.
On Thursday, July 18th, during the State Individual Swivel Competition, Mad-City skier Leah Straub won the State Championship for Swivel.
Saturday in the early evening, the Mad-City Ski Team took to the water for the Division 1 team competition. In show skiing, each team has 20 minutes to set up their show, 60 minutes to perform their show and 10 minutes to clean everything up.
Highlights of our show were a 5 man back barefoot line, a double-top 4-high pyramid, a 24 girl ballet line, a tandem 4-high pulling a 3-high (first time ever in competition), a tandem 3-2 hot picking a 3-high (first time ever in competition), a 35 person combo ballet line (world record ballet line) and triple 4-high pyramids to end the show.
Overall, Mad-City took 2nd place at the tournament. The team was also recognized for having the highest scoring barefoot act with the 5-man back barefoot line and Mike Nowicki was recognized as the Outstanding Male Skier in Division 1.
Overall results of all the Division 1 teams were: 1-Rock Aqua Jays, 2-Mad-City Ski Team, 3-Beaverland Must-Skis, 4-Badgerland, 5-Aqua Nuts, 6-Muskego, 7-Webfooters, 8-Chetek, 9-Shermalot. Link to full results => Complete 2013 Wisconsin State Results
Here are a few additional pictures from our State Tournament Show.
The results for Saturday are:
The running order for Sunday is:
- Team Belgium (about 9am)
- Team Canada (about 10:30am)
- Team Australia (about 12pm)
- lunch break for an hour (about 1pm)
- Team China (about 2pm)
- Team USA (about 3:30pm)
Other info you might need:
The times listed are approximate. The competition will work like other North American water ski show tournaments where each team has 20 minutes to setup (first team starts their setup at 8:40am), an hour to ski their show, and then 10 minutes to clean up after their show. The main difference between this tournament and one’s that we are used to seeing is each team is limited to 35 members to fill all the skiing spots, boat drivers, riders, announcers, sound crew, dock crew, etc.
The World Water Ski Show Tournament is being held at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI.
Admission is $5/person on Sunday. Parking is $2. For more information about the tournament, you can visit the Rock Aqua Jays website.
If you can’t make it to Janesville to see the tournament in person, you can still see the tournament via webcast. USA Water Ski will be webcasting the event. Here’s a link to the webcast:
The webcast will start Sunday morning about 8:30 am for the start of competition each day.
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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.