Guidelines for Midwest Region Water Ski Records
“The Midwest Region recognizes skier performance records in three categories: Midwest Regional Championship Records: Records based on performances at Midwest Regional Tournaments. Midwest Tournament Records: Records based on performances at any sanctioned class “C” or higher tournament held in the Midwest Region. Midwest Skier Records: Records based on performances by Midwest Region skiers at any record capability tournament regardless of tournament location. Records in this category are recognized for performances starting 1/1/1999. A single performance may be recognized in two or more categories if it meets the requirements for each. Records are recognized for performances by skiers who are legal residents of the Midwest Region at the time of the performance. Students are not considered to be legal residents. It is the responsibility of the skier to submit proof of performance to the Record Committee for recognition of records other than Regional Championship Records. If a rule or guideline change causes an existing record to be incomparable with current conditions, the record may be moved or adjusted to meet the new conditions or it may be retired. Records are recognized in the division in which the individual actually skis in the affected tournament. i.e. open vs. age bracketed.” – Jerry Hosner (1/17/2000)
2018 Regional Tournament Records
The 2018 Midwest Regional Championships held in Wilmington Illinois saw 8 performance records broken: Four in Slalom, two in tricks and two in Jumping.
– Dan Wamhoff broke Jerry Hosner’s thirteen year old Mens VII slalom record with a score of 2 at 10.75m.
– Bruce Kunde improved his own Mens X slalom record by 2 bouys scoring 3 on as 14.25m line.
-Sandra Cummings ran 4 ½ on a 13m line to establish a new Women’s VII Slalom record. The previous record of 1 ½ at the same line length was set in 2010 by Janet Piercy.
-Bruce Kunde improved his Mens X trick record by 20 points scoring 1140 points.
– Pat Fischer established the first ever Womens X trick record at 500 points. Pat also established a new entry with a Womens X slalom score of 2 bouys.
-William Roberts soared to 176 feet in Boys III jumping adding 11 feet to his previous record from 2017
-Dean Chappell improve his Mens VII jumping record by 2 feet with a leap of 108 feet.
Midwest Skier Records set at 2017 Nationals
Four skiers from the Midwest set records at the 2017 US Nationals held In San Marcos, Texas.
Alyssa Drake – Girls 2 Jump – 91 feet. This jump ties the existing record held by Tianna Kosek.
Benjamin Leutz – Men 1 Jump – 198 feet. It is worth noting that Brandon Schipper also broke the old record with a leap of 194 feet. However, that jump was eclipsed by Benjamin’s in the same event.
Jared Sharkey – Men 2 Trick – 4520 points
Bruce Kunde – Men 10 Trick – 1140 points
The Midwest Skier category recognizes record performances by skiers from the Midwest in any record capability tournament regardless of geographic location.
2017 Regional Tournament Records
The 2017 Midwest Regional Championships held in Center City Minnesota saw 13 performance records broken or tied: two in Slalom, four in tricks and seven in Jumping.
-Julie Mishler kicked off the record spree by becoming the first Girls 1 skier to ski into 32 off in slalom with a score of 73 buoys (1@49k – 13m).
-Men 1 jump saw not one but two skiers tie for a new record. Brandon Schipper and Benjamin Leutz both soared 191 feet breaking a record set back in 2003 by Brody Reid.
-William Roberts jumped 165 feet in Boys 3 to handily breaking Brody Reid’s 2002 record of 141 feet set in 2002.
-Bruce Kunde matched his earlier National record performance with a jump of 101 feet. Bruce further commemorated his introduction into Men 10 by setting records in both slalom and tricks for a sweep of the categories.
-Cole Kalkbrenner jumped 189 in Men 2 to eclipse a record set 24 years ago by Brandon Meredith.
-Dean Chappell broke a 1999 Men 7 record with a 106 foot jump. The previous record was held by Lloyd Meredith who happens to be the father of Brandon mentioned above.
-Lisa Lamb improved her own record in Women 4 jumping with a leap of 102 feet.
-Cale Burdick tied the Men 2 trick record with a score of 4150 points.
-Buddy Piercy tied the Men 9 trick record with a run of 1670 points.
-James Olsen became the first Men 11 skier to hold a regional record with his trick run of 540 points.
Some of the above performance also qualified as records in the Midwest Skier and Midwest Tournament record categories. Consult the newly revised record sheets for details.
2016 Records Updates
Seven skiers set records at the 2016 Midwest Regional Championships held at Mystic Lakes in Maize Kansas. Four were in slalom, one in tricks, and two in jumping as follows:
Girls 2 – Slalom – Annemarie Wroblewski – 87 buoys (3 @ 52K – 12 m)
Men 2 – Slalom – Casey Contos – 106.5 buoys (4.5 @58k – 11.25m)
Men 5 – Slalom – Jeff Nate – 105 buoys (3@55k – 10.75m)
Women 8 – Slalom – Gwen Wamhoff – 67 buoys (1@49k – 14.25m)
Women 8 – Tricks – Janet Piercy – 1940 points
Boys 2 – Jump – William Roberts – 141 feet
Women 4 – Jump – Lisa Lamb – 101 feet
Janet Piercy’s performance also qualifies as a record in the Midwest Skier all record tournament category.
Congratulations to all the new record holders and congratulations to those who’s existing records provided the inspiration that pushed these skiers to new heights.
Note: The Midwest Skier category is for skiers from the Midwest skiing in any record tournament regardless of location.
Any updates to the records should be directed to Jerry Hosner at firstname.lastname@example.org