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Nautique WWA National Championships - Day 3 of 4

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Men’s and Women’s Pro Division Heats Begin on
Day Three of Nautique WWA National Championships


Nautique WWA National ChampionshipsWest Chester, OH. — The sport’s two premiere divisions, the Men’s Pro and Women’s Pro, completed their inaugural heats of the 2012 Nautique WWA National Championships today at Voice of America Park in West Chester. The highly-anticipated Junior Pro Men semifinals also determined riders for tomorrow’s finals.
 
In the Men’s Pro quarterfinals, Harley Clifford continued his season-long hot streak in the division with a run that brought a strong contingent of fans from across Ohio to their feet screaming and cheering. A plethora of big airs and impressive rail maneuvers catapulted Clifford to a heat-high score of 81.67 and secures a spot for him in tomorrow’s semifinals.
 
The Women’s Pro competitors also put on a wakeboarding clinic during day three. Leading the charge was Raimi Merritt, who fearlessly attacked the Nautique G23’s wake head on to launch a handful of massive airs as well as display precise rail riding skills. Judges rewarded her efforts with a division-high 76.67 score, which places her among the favorites to claim a national title with a victory in tomorrow’s finals.
 
“I was really excited to ride behind the G23 at Nationals today,” said Merritt. “The wake was great, I was able to ride pretty good and can’t wait for tomorrow’s six-woman finals.”
 
Not be overshadowed by the Men and Women Pros, the Junior Pro Men gave awe-inspiring performances for the second consecutive day. The division’s top rider, Mike Dowdy, once again showed why he is the cream-of-the-crop in the division by executing a near flawless run filled with gigantic aerials and technical rail tricks. Dowdy followed up yesterday’s perfect 100 heat-score with another division-high score of 98.00 in today’s semis to position him as the “man to beat” in tomorrow’s finals.
 
The Nautique WWA National Championships, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink will continue Sunday, Aug. 5 with the final day of competition. Sunday is a ticketed event. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).
 
Following Sunday’s finals fans can enjoy the Sony Big Air Contest. Featuring the top Pro Men riders performing massive tricks that are rarely attempted in a traditional contest setting.
 
In addition to all the action on the water, on land the Nautique WWA National Championships features great food and music, athlete autograph signings, chances to win freebies, and shopping from the most cutting-edge brands offering water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions.
 
For information on the Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, visit kingofwake.com.
 
The Nautique WWA National Championships, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: Correct Craft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton’s, Peavey, Mona Vie, Fox, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, PCM Marine Engines and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine.
 
Results - Day 3
 
Pro Wakeskate Semifinals (top two riders in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Danny Hampson - 78.33
2. Stu Shinn - 65.00
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3. Jim Branton - 43.33
 
Heat #2
1. Brandon Thomas - 71.67
2. Brian Grubb - 60.33
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3. Jacob Ramsdell - 46.67
 
Junior Women Final
1. Shelby King - 75.00
2. Mallorie Henry - 71.67
3. Sofia Dinatale - 58.33
4. Katelyn Fenner - 50.00
5. Delanie Parker - 41.67
6. Rachel Orgill - 13.33
 
Boys Semifinals (top two riders in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. James Loisel - 74.00
2. Drew Rokita - 48.33
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3. Clayton Holladay - 38.33
4. Ben Watts - 31.67
 
Heat #2
1. Tyler Highham - 71.67
2. Nicholas Brown - 65.83
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3. Ghuenther Oka - 61.67
4. Bryson Hancock - 48.33
5. Mitch Allen - 38.33
 
Heat #3
1. Lorenzo Soprani - 50.00
2. Zach McCauley - 36.67
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3. Kasey Kade - 21.67
4. Mitch Kappler - 16.67
5. Brendon Thibodeau - 11.67
 
Junior Pro Men (top two riders in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Freddie Wayne - 92.25
2. Keenan Allen - 90.75
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3. Jacob Valdez - 87.00
4. Joey Buss - 70.00
 
Heat #2
1. Tony Iacconi - 97.00
2. Christian Primrose - 86.50
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3. Jason Soven - 79.00
4. Massi Piffaretti - 77.50
 
Heat #3
1. Mike Dowdy - 98.00
2. Noah Flegel - 90.50
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3. Marc Kroon - 75.75
4. Gunnar Daft - 60.00
 
Pro Women Semifinals (top two riders in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Raimi Merritt - 76.67
2. Melissa Marquardt - 66.67
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3. Hayley Smith - 56.67
4. Corrie Dyer - 46.67
 
Heat #2
1. Nicola Butler - 73.33
2. Amber Wing - 66.67
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3. Dallas Friday - 50.00
4. Miku Asai - 40.00
 
Heat #3
1. Meagan Ethell - 74.33
2. Tarah Mickacich - 65.00
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3. Taylor McCullough - 50.00
4. Alexa Score - 33.33
5. Brooke Grassman - 20.00
 
Pro Men Quarterfinals (top three riders in each heat advance)
 
Heat #1
1. Andrew Adkison - 83.33
2. Tony Carroll - 71.67
3. Jimmy Trask - 53.33
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4. Kirby Liesmann - 48.33
5. Danny Harf - 38.33
6. Dylan Prideaux - 26.67
 
Heat #2
1. Shota Tezuka - 80.00
2. Adam Wensink - 71.67
3. Bryan Hutton - 60.00
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4. Josh Palma - 53.33
5. JD Webb - 52.50
6. Dante Digangi - 43.33
 
Heat #3
1. Rusty Malinoski - 83.33
2. Aaron Rathy - 75.00
3. Bradley Smeele - 65.00
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4. Pierce Homsey - 46.67
5. Colby Homsey - 46.67
6. Ryan Anderson - 31.67
 
Heat #4
1. Jimmy Lariche - 78.33
2. Jefferson Langley - 71.67
3. Danny Thollander - 60.00
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4. JB Oneill - 41.67
5. Dean Smith - 33.33
 
Heat #5
1. Adam Errington - 78.33
2. Daniel Powers - 73.33
3. Steel Lafferty - 71.00
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4. Shawn Watson - 68.33
5. Trevor Hansen - 58.33
6. Eddie Valdez - 48.33
 
Heat #6
1. Harley Clifford - 81.67
2. Austin Hair - 70.00
3. Oliver Derome - 65.00
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4. Jason Bannatyne - 48.33
5. Gunnar Shuler - 31.67


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