Buckeye Buoy Tour stop #2, “Team Challenge”, took place on July 1-2 at Lake Bobason in Milford Center, OH. The format was two rounds of slalom for all, with each skier being placed in a team according to their handicap (so each team had skiers who were beginners to experts), then 2 rounds of Trick and Jump. Each member of the slalom team scored points for their team based on performance against their averages. The two slalom teams with the best team scores faced off head to head in the finals, with the highest combined average scored determining the winner. The slalom team format provided some interesting results since Skylar Rogers and Jim McClure both missed their openers during both of the first two rounds, but they still found themselves in the final due to how dominant their teammates were. Amy Schneider skied three stellar rounds, after not skiing in a tournament for, she says, the past 9 years (and she showed off her Ferrari to boot). Team “Mean Green” edged out team “Buoy Monsters” after Le Rouse (Team Buoy Monsters) missed his opener in the finals after skiing great during round 2 to get his team into the finals. The winning team, Team Mean Green, contained the talents of Nick Perrino, Garnet Fowler, Jim McClure, and Jackson Lanich (Jackson skied awesome, by the way), and the runner up, Team Buoy Monsters, contained the talents of Amy Schneider, Skylar Rogers, Jeanette Van Akelijen, and Le Rouse. The Trick podium finishers (from first to 5th) were Josie Kuenning, Jack Kuenning, Kayla Hersted, and Jackson Lanik. Here is the official scorebook from the tournament.
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