(The following press release was issued by the Arch Rivals Water Ski Team.)
Last Sunday, the Arch Rivals Water Ski Show Team of took home the team title at the 12th Indmar Marine Engines Division 2 Show Ski National Championships, Aug. 3-5, in Rock Island, Ill. The tournament featured seven teams competing for the Division 2 show ski national title.
In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score the 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. The shows feature such acts as barefoot skiers, pyramids and ballet lines.
The Arch Rivals have been competing in regional and national water ski show competitions for over a decade. From May through early August passers-by on I-64 will often see the team performing at their home site at the west end of Lake St. Louis.
The Arch Rivals, who also won the Division 2 national team title in 2008, won top awards for pick-up boat crew, swivel and high individual club act in tallying 1,492.4 points. The Chetek Hydroflites (Chetek, Wis.) finished second with 1,458.9 points and the Silver Lake Ski Club (Fenton, Mich.) finished third with 1,370.52 points.
The Division 2 Show Ski National Championships also featured athletes competing individually in adagio doubles, swivel and multi-jumping acts. The Arch Rivals’ Madison Buehrle (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) won the division 2 national swivel ski title, scoring 13.90 points.