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Eight National Titles Claimed, Eight More Up for Grabs
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Date: 08-08-2008

Kenosha, Wis. - The top wakeboarders and wakeskaters in the United States gathered at Prairie Springs Park in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. today for the second day of the 2008 Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, where eight of the 16 national titles were claimed, leaving eight more up for grabs.

Nicholas Rex of Random Lake, Wis. captured a win on hometown waters today, as the local shredder took first-place in the Amateur Wakeskate Division, earning the division's 2008 national title. Rex will now advance onto the World Championships, representing the U.S., along with the top-eight riders in his division.

In the Masters Division, Algonquin, Ill. native Mike Vanpatten upset top-seeded rider Jeff Barton in today's finals to take home the 2008 national title. With today's win, Vanpatten punches his ticket to the Worlds, where he will be joined by the top-10 riders in the Masters Division.

Matt Vermillion of Dublin, OH took the top spot in the Veterans Division today to claim the '08 national title. Vermillion and runner-up Faron Kelsh will both head to the World Championships.

In a six-man final, Nick Whitt of Orlando, Fla. claimed the 2008 national title in the Men's I Division. Whitt and the top-15 riders in the division will head to the Worlds.

The top-four female shredders in the nation hit the water today for the Pro Women Wakeskate Division finals. After everything was said and done, Belle Isle, Fla. native Jennifer GilanFarr was named the 2008 national champ. The 2008 title marks GilanFarr's second consecutive national championship victory, after claiming the Amateur Women's Division title in 2007. GilanFarr will now go onto the Worlds with the top-seven shredders in the division.

The four youngest riders out on the water today, battled it out for the national title in the Girls Divisions. 10-year-old Taylor McCullough of Centralia, Ill. took the top spot in the finals, earning the 2008 national title. McCullough punches her ticket to the Worlds, along with the top-seven riders in the division.

In the Masters Women Division, Allison Blaha of Oceanside, Calif. took the top spot in the finals, while Louisville, Ky. native Erica Dumeyer captured the national title in the Amateur Women's Division. Both riders will advance onto the Worlds.

The Men's II Division hit the water today for their semifinals. Nick Link of Louisville, Ky. paced the division on the day. Link along with Brodie Chaboya and Zack Luckett will vie for the national title in tomorrow's finals.

The Jr. Men's Division hit the water on day two, where 30 riders faced off in six heats of five with only the top-two riders in each heat advancing past the quarterfinal round. Jimmy Lariche from Boca Raton, Fla. and Phillip Aslinger of Hixson, Tenn. both posted perfect scores of 100 points in their respective heats. Aslinger and LaRiche will both advanced onto tomorrow's semifinals, where they will be joined by 10 other riders.

The nationals will continue tomorrow, Friday Aug. 8 beginning at 10 a.m.

The Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is a five-day carnival of water-sports action. But not all the action takes place on the water. On land, fans will experience tons of great music and food; athlete autograph signings; chances to win free giveaways; and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions. Admission is free and the event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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Thursday, August 7 - Day 2 Results:

Amateur Women (19-29)

Finals - Heat 01

1. Erica Dumeyer 50.00

Girls (13 and under)

Finals - Heat 01

1. Taylor McCullough 68.33

2. Meagan Ethell 60.00

3. Tori Koch 50.00

4. Delanie Parker 31.67

Masters Women (30 and over)

Finals - Heat 01

1. Allison Blaha 65.00

2. Annie Haroldson 50.00

3. Elizabeth Freeman 38.33

4. Kat Laird 28.33

Amateur Wakeskate

Finals - Heat 01

1. Nicholas Rex 70.00

2. Justin Wells 53.33

3. Matt Hayden 43.33

4. Clark Becker 33.33

Pro Women Wakeskate

Finals - Heat 01

1. Jennifer GilanFarr 63.33

2. Lacey Menkin 43.33

3. Stephanie Wamsley 30.00

4. Elizabeth Talansky 11.67

Masters (30 and 39)

Finals - Heat 01

1. Mike Vanpatten 57.22

2. Christopher Full 51.67

3. Jeff Barton 48.89

4. Billy Garcia 20.00

Veterans (40 and over)

Finals - Heat 01

1. Matt Vermillion 50.00

2. Faron Kelsh 33.33

Men's I (18-24)

Finals - Heat 01

1. Nick Whitt 59.44

2. Colt Leonard 50.00

3. Clayton Underwood 43.89

4. Fabian Ashley 42.22

5. Nick Cankar 30.56

6. Addison Reed 20.00

Men's II (25-29)

Semifinals - Heat 01

1. Nick Link 60.56

2. Brodie Chaboya 55.56

3. Zack Luckett 51.11

4. Jesse Dunbar 45.56

5. Jon Klein 30.56

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals - Heat 01

1. Steel Lafferty 96.50

2. Steven Cahail 93.50

3. Nick Galiforte 74.75

4. Nicholas Mertes 72.50

5. Jordan Gensler 62.75

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals - Heat 02

1. Phillip Aslinger 100.00

2. Danny Burnstein 85.00

3. Eddie Valdez 78.00

4. JB Oneill 77.00

5. Will Green 60.00

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals - Heat 03

1. Robert Soven 98.00

2. Daniel Powers 85.50

3. Brian Waskevich 82.00

4. Christopher Perrone 73.00

5. Sam Baker 61.50

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals - Heat 04

1. Julian Cohen 88.50

2. Andrew Shearer 88.00

3. Jacob Valdez 85.75

4. Gunnar Shuler 76.00

5. Nathan Borie 62.25

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals - Heat 05

1. Ryan Anderson 94.25

2. Johnny Tobaben 82.00

3. Ben Albright 78.00

4. Pierce Homsey 76.75

5. Kyle Barmoy 69.00

Jr. Men (14-18)

Quarterfinals - Heat 06

1. Jimmy LaRiche 100.00

2. Taylor Kress 86.25

3. John Zdeblick 76.00

4. John Jefferies 70.75

5. David Krause 67.00

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