Ohio's famous Buckeye Buoy Tour held their final stop of the year on July 20, the day before Ohio State Championships, at Bees and Skis Lake in Bowling Green, Ohio. The weather provided many unwanted challenges, and many skiers fell on their opening or second pass Friday due to wind, though others were able to fight through the rain and wind difficulties to salvage great scores. Slalom rounds were L sanctioned (US Record Capable) for those who chose that class. It was interesting to see the extra cameras in use.
Carson Warren improved from 3.5 total buoys in round one, to 20 buoys in round two. That significant increase in average lead to him winning the day. Jackson Lanich finished top two, after scoring 2 at 28 off. Casey Warren impressively skied 4 at 34 mph 15 off, which earned her third place. Greg Kuenning clinched fourth by twice skiing into 35 off. David Miller ran into 38 off en route to fifth.
Despite sometimes challenging weather, many skiers got into 38 off, including Kyle Dammeyer, John Gorski, Ted Mccolley, and Richard Lambert.
On Saturday evening at the State Championship banquet, Greg Kuenning announced the 2018 Buckeye Buoy Tour season champions. Congrats to Jackson Lanich, who won a new D3 slalom ski for finishing first in the slalom standings. Fellow Boys 2 skier Jack Kuenning was jump and overall champion, with Skylar Rogers winning the trick crown after finishing second at two different BBT stops this year. See more pictures here.
The State Championship started Saturday morning. The weather was kind to the skiers on Saturday, and the rain perfectly evaded our area, and all of slalom was completed on time after all three events of juniors were powered through in the morning. The temperature Sunday warmed up for adult trick and jump, and we had the most sunshine of the three days. The rope swing was popular with the kids all weekend, despite the clouds and wind.
Kyle Dammeyer. Jason Wroblewski, John Gorski, David Miller and Ted Mccolley all got into 38 off.
Overall champions include: Sam Kuenning, Jack Kuenning, Chris Caldwell, Josie Kuenning, Annemarie Wroblewski, Robbie Daulton, Andrew French, Greg Kuenning, Michael Lankey, John Brannan, Claire Hansel, and Keri McClure.
One of the jump highlights Sunday was John Brannon's first time over the ramp, and he successfully skied away his second attempt, going 30 feet. The longest jump of the weekend was Robbie Daulton, going 101 feet.
Emily Dammeyer, Libby Van Treese, and Kristen Dammeyer all scored over 3000 points in their trick runs.
Special thanks to John and Elizabeth Gorski for hosting the tournament, and to all of the chief officials who put in so much effort (Larry Downes, Kurt Mechler, Jeanette van Akelijen, Jim McClure, Jeffery Van Treese, and Greg Kuenning).
Check out the final scorebook here, and the pictures here.
Jim McClure has the new Nautique at Pleasant Shores! If anyone would like to get a practice set behind it prior to regionals, call Kristin 419-605-2281.
Due to weather the running order for the State Tournament has been changed to complete all Junior events first (tricks, jump, then slalom). After junior events are completed the remaining slalom divisions will be run.
The tentative running orders for this weekend's Ohio State Tournament are now available here. Please remember that the Junior Trick and Jump will be held Saturday after slalom.
The weather forecast for this weekend is gloomy, so the event order may need to change in order to complete the junior trick and jump events on Saturday. This means that some adult slalom might be moved to Sunday morning. The tournament officials will work hard to stick to the event order, but we just don't know about the weather.
The final BBT of the year will be held at Bees & Skis Lake in Bowling Green this Friday (7/20/18). This is a slalom only event.
The start time is 0800 (sharp). Here is the running order. The 2018 BBT Slalom, Trick, Jump, and Overall Champions will be announced at the State Tournament Banquet Saturday night.
The Buckeye Buoy Tour held their third event of the year at Pleasant Shores in Van Wert. (Remember...#2 was cancelled).
Slalom format wise, skiers were scored against three others in their group, with the highest average of those four skiers getting four points, second getting three points, etc. Skiers that scored four or three points spun the wheel to determine the second round order. Anyone that scored 6 points or higher after two rounds locked in a lane to the finals.
Sam Kuenning finished first in slalom with 3.25 at 17 mph, after getting 1 at 17 mph in the second round. Steady improvement there by Sam kept his scores well above his average.
Mallin Blaxill, a collegiate skier for the University of Cincinnati, finished second in slalom with 1.5 at 30 mph, almost a full pass better than her second round score of 2 at 28 mph. (Mallin was not there for the podium photo.)
Alex Lavin, a Boys 2 skier made a big score improvement of seven buoys between the first and second round. He capped it off with the his best of the day in the finals, a score of 4 at 24 mph. That was enough to secure Alex third place.
Chaz Decker and Jackson Lanich rounded out the top five. Chaz got 2.5 at 34 mph, 32 off. Jackson’s best of the day was 3 buoys at 34 mph, 28 off.
The trick podium of Kayla Herstad, Josie Kuenning, and Jack Kuenning was compiled from 21 trickers. Jack earned it with 1900 points, Josie scored 990, and Kayla 2880 points in the finals to win trick.
Out of 19 jumpers, David Barthelmas went home victorious with the highest handicapped score. He flew 101 feet, which put him ahead of Chris Caldwell and Jack Kuenning, who landed 110 foot and 33 foot jumps respectively.
Other people that jumped over 100 feet include Keri McClure, David Pellegrene, Jon French, Chaz Decker, and Le Rouse.
View complete (unhandicapped) results here. View complete photo gallery here.
View results from the Bellalago Tournament here.
The weather was flawless for an ideal July weekend, as the great Shortline Shores hosted yet another spectacular Buckeye Bouy Tour stop on July 7-8! The annual Dottie T Pick Your Poison included 42 different skiers, and 12 three-eventers. Even thought it is called BBT #3, this was only the 2nd BBT of the season because BBT #2 was cancelled due to high water.
Jeff Cyphers was the slalom champ on his home site, after skiing 1 buoy at 35 off do advance into the finals head-to-head round. Rachelle (Shelly) Rogers shortened the rope into 28 off for the first time ever in the finals to solidify her top three spot. Shelly finished second, and Kevin Houser placed third. He scored above his average several passes, skiing 3 at 28 mph.
Andrew Shea won trick, with a two pass score of 2160. Skylar Rogers tricked his way to second with a “surface O,” scoring higher than a previous average of just two side slides. Third place went to Alan Vollmar with 2820 points. Other high trick scores included Emily Dammeyer 3780, Keri McClure 3390, Kristen Dammeyer 3320, and Kyle Dammeyer with 2830.
Sunday’s jump rounds were a success for Trace Mollet, who jumped 72 feet. Mike Rouse jumped impressively, with a 98 footer, earning himself second behind Trace. Jack Kuenning had a farthest jump of 35 feet to round up the podium. Le Rouse had the farthest jump of the tournament, flying 137 feet.
View complete results here. View more photos here.
Kevin Dammeyer scored the highest overall score, with 2167.4. The Buckeye Bouy Tour will return very soon. On July 14-15, the 3rd BBT of the season (called BBT #4!) will be host at Pleasant Shores in Van Wert, OH.
A sporadic fall of raindrops begun the morning of June 16, as the Buckeye Buoy Tour kicked off the 2018 season with the “First 3 Event Dog” at Bees & Skis in Bowling Green Ohio. The rest of the day was hot, with the refreshing lake providing everyone great skiing conditions.
Slalom was conducted in three groups. The top half of each group after two rounds advanced to ski a third time in the finals. Five skiers got into 38 off. Greg Kuenning, John Gorski, Eric Kolb, David Miller, and Ted McColley. Jackson Lanich got 1 at 28 off in the opening round, impressive skiing this early in the season for the Boys 2 slalomer.
Mallin Blaxall finished first in the handicapped BBT results after skiing 3.5 at 28 mph, 15 off in the finals, which was a whole pass improvement from her first two rounds, and her average. The other podium finishers in slalom were: Jack Kuenning (2nd), Kelly Kerns (3rd), Greg Kuenning (4th), and Le Rouse (5th).
Five skiers scored 2000 plus points in tricks. Kevin Dammeyer, Elizabeth Fowler, Kayla Herstad, Keri McClure, and Kristin McClure. Kristen McClure finished first in the BBT trick scoring. The other podium finishers in tricks were: Skylar Rogers (2nd) and Kevin Dammeyer (3rd).
Leland Rouse had the farthest jump, with a 139 footer, but the BBT handicapped scoring format saw Jack Kuenning finishing first with a 32 ft. jump, Kayla Herstad second (80 ft.), and Paul Vaitkevicius third (68 ft.). Read the full AWSA scoring results here. See more pictures on the OWSA FaceBook page.
Skiers from the Cincinnati area concluded a AWSA Drivers’ Clinic at Skiers’ Runway this past weekend (June 2). We were fortunate to have four senior drivers share their experiences and enthusiasm to about ten students who plan to advance their waterski ski tournament driver’s training. Combined tournament driving experience between Bruce Baker, Ron Troeger, Tim McKune and Greg Kuenning was close to 150 years! Safety and excellence were stressed, as well as the need for constant practice and improvement. OWSA is thankful to these four men for their time commitment and dedication to our sport. Hopefully, more such clinics can be arranged to keep us all well trained. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in Driver's, Scorer's, or Judge's clinics in Ohio.