As long-time competitive water skiers, Diana Frucci and husband Jay have been competing for years.
The two met while skiing competitively at the University of Kentucky and have continued to love the sport while passing it on to their kids, Cade, Collin and Robbie.
Cade, you may know as a captain on this year’s Hanover football team and also a skier.
This season, Diana, Jay and Collin had a banner year, with all three qualifying to ski at the 75th Goode Water Ski National Championships Aug. 9-12 at San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.
They did well.
Collin, who spent time at a water ski school in the spring, placed 34th for slalom in his division, which wasn’t quite what he was hoping.
“He fell on his second pass so needless to say he was very disappointed,” Diana said. “It’s a tough sport in that regard, you only get one chance. One minute you are turning the 5 ball and the next you are swimming. Collin was a good sport and handled it maturely with grace.”
Jay, meanwhile, finished in the top 10 in his division, skiing all three events, slalom, jump and trick.
“He hadn’t done that before,” Diana said of Jay’s finish. “It was pretty cool.”
Diana finished 16th in her division.
“I was really excited,” she said. “My goal was to get to nationals. I finished second at Regionals and the top five qualify. That’s how I got to go. It was exciting.”
One of the quirks of competitive water skiing is the fact that professionals and amateurs can compete in the same competitions.
“There were pros there,” Diana said. “There were two that had a ski-off. Tom Travers and Nate Smith went head to head. Everyone was watching. It was intense. The way they were skiing was very aggressive. It was amazing to see how fast it was. It was funny because ten slots behind me was the No. 1 woman in the U.S. It was humbling.”
There is also a bond between athletes.
“It was fun…