The Hartwick Huskys are National Champs.
The waterski team based out of Manchester won the team title at the Division 2 Show Ski National Championships in Illinois over the weekend.
This year’s Show Director is Faith Hunt of Delhi, a 17-year old student from Maquoketa Valley. She says the win came as a surprise to everyone on the team.
In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Hunt was elected as the Show Director last year around this time and started working on this summer’s show right away.
The Hartwick Huskys tallied a grand total of 1,255 points – 28 points ahead of the second-place finisher and last year’s champs, the Brown’s Lake Aquaducks of Burlington, Wisconsin. Hunt says she’s thrilled to see all the hard work of the 100+ team members culminate with a national title.
This is the third national title for the Hartwick Huskys, with previous wins in 2009 and 2011. Huskys President Marty Pottebaum received the Most Valuable Male award, and the team picked up individual awards for Pick-Up Boat and Jump Act.
You can learn how to water ski from these national champions during the Huskys’ Learn to Ski clinic tonight at 6 pm at Schram Park in Manchester. And you can catch their award-winning show one final time this season during their annual “Jam at Schram” event next Saturday, August 18th at Schram Park, with shows at 2 and 5 pm. Both events are free to attend.
(photo courtesy of Hartwick Huskys)