The July 30th party will celebrate the second state championship win for the Twin Lakes Aquanuts | resorter

TWIN LAKES — The Aquanuts took first place in the Wisconsin State Waterski Tournament on Sunday, July 24.

This is the second consecutive state title for the Twin Lakes group after their 35-year drought ended in 2021.

The four-day tournament, held in Wisconsin Rapids, is the largest water ski tournament in the world.

With the win, the Aquanuts will battle it out for the National Waterski Championship title August 11-13 in Rockford, Illinois.

The World Championship, which was last held in Canada in 2018, will be held in Winter Haven, Florida in October. There will be several past and current team members from Team USA and Aquanut.

On July 24, the Aquanuts ousted Janesville’s Rock Aqua Jays to win the 2022 state title.

This is the 50th anniversary of the Aquanuts and the 100th anniversary of waterskiing.

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Aquanuts President and Team USA boater Bob Koehler said he was proud of the team’s victory in this historic win.

Show Directors Justin and Lisa Mushel choreographed the winning theme “Mary Poppins” for this year’s show.

Justin Mushel, who co-hosts the show with Mark Gurda, said it was a team win.

“The team won by putting on a very exciting and fast paced show and excelling in multiple acts,” said Justin Mushel.

The show included four-high pyramids, a 32-girl ballet line, jumps, trick-ski, sky-ski, swivel, comedy, song and dance.

In addition to successfully landing almost every skier who performed, the Aquanauts also had some extraordinary successes. The team achieved first place in Team Jump, first in Swivel Ski, first in Barefoot.

Individual skiers also excelled, with Lake Geneva’s Kailey Koehler securing her seventh Most Valuable Female Skier award; and Ethan Shulda received his second Most Valuable Male Skier award as well as Best Trick Skier.

On Saturday, July 30, Aquanuts and the Twin Lakes Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a free 50th Anniversary Celebration at 5:00 p.m. at Lance Park, 55 Lance Drive, Twin Lakes.

Aquanuts from the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 2000s will perform a special show, followed by music by Orchestra 33 at around 7pm

Kenosha County Executive Director Samantha Kerkman is expected to present the Aquanuts with a special honor at the event, recognizing the group’s skiing success, community service and back-to-back state championship victories.

To learn more about the Aquanuts, visit the group’s Facebook page, or call 866-754-7469.

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