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Alexis
Mishler

Cross training water skiing with swimming has allowed me to take my swimming to a level that I didn’t think was possible.

Alexis
Mishler

Cross training water skiing with swimming has allowed me to take my swimming to a level that I didn’t think was possible.

Lifestyle Summary

I came from a family that had never competed in water sports or really knew much about water skiing and swimming.  My mom was a D1 high jumper, and my dad was a basketball coach for many years.  But one day my parents decided to get a house together on a private ski lake, with the idea of being “lakers”.  From seeing skiers on our lake all of the time, to one day deciding that my parents and I try to learn how to ski.  This was the moment that started my journey.  For the next few years we would ski throughout the summer just for fun (not competing yet).  Then when I was 8 years old my dad stopped coaching basketball which allowed him to have summers off.  He decided, with this time he was going to teach my sister and I how to use this course while also figuring out how it worked himself.  I was officially hooked into competitive water skiing.  As I have progressed throughout the past nine years I have been blessed with many opportunities.  These opportunities have consisted of my many accomplishments as listed.  These opportunities have taken me to another level not only with my skiing but has provided me with opportunities to take my swimming to another level as well.  With everything I have achieved in my skiing it has required another level of training which is training in the off season.  Training in Florida throughout the off season has opened a door with my swimming.  I have been given the opportunity to swim and study at Florida Gulf Coast University only a few minutes down the road from where I keep up with my training for skiing.

Career Overview & Accomplishments

Water Skiing started my journey

I am from a family of a father that was a basketball coach for many years and a mother that was a division one high jumper.  My parents then decided to move to Camelot Lake, and in later years teach my sister and I what waterskiing is all about, while also figuring out this sport themselves.  I have been hooked since I was five years old.  I then had my first tournament at the age of 9 and have excelled at competing at the Junior World elite level.

I train at Camelot Lake in Milford, Indiana along with training at Alico Lake in Fort Myers, Florida in the off season.  

Water Ski Training

I train with my dad and sister.  I can always count on my dad to drive the boat and help maintain my equipment.  My sister is always there to support me and give me competition.  

Favorite Ski Memories

  • Winning my first nationals in 2019 at West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Competing for Team USA at the Canadian American Games
  • Making and skiing in the finals at the U17 Junior World Championships at Pickos Water Ski School in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  Placed 10th
  • Traveling to Italy to ski in the Junior Challenge at San Gervasio and skiing in the head to head finals and getting third place.

I love…

  • Spending time with my family
  • Playing with my dog Buoy
  • Traveling
  • Skiing with my friends
  • Swimming

Water skiing connecting to swimming

Cross training water skiing with swimming has allowed me to take my swimming to a level that I didn’t think was possible.  Water Skiing has helped me reach my goals of being a national level swimmer.  Skiing has also allowed me to take my swimming down to Florida and compete at the Division One level for the next four years at Florida Gulf Coast University.  

Cross Training

Cross training these two sports of water skiing and swimming has allowed me to achieve an elite level in both sports.  Skiing helps my swimming as does swimming help my skiing in many ways.  Both sports have opened so many doors and opportunities for me to excel in both of these sports that I have a passion for.  

Training and competing with my sister

My sister is my best friend and the person that is always going to be there to support me and always be proud. We are always competing against each other and I’m proud of that. When she does well I feel like I have done well and vice versa. Together her and I have accomplished so many things.

Slalom/Waterski Accomplishments

10th place U17 Junior World Championships in slalom
2019 National U14 Slalom Champion
2015 National U10 Slalom Most Improved
2020 USA National Jr. Development Team
2022 USA National Jr. Development Team
2X National Midwest All-Star Team - 2019 Gold
Multiple National Slalom Podiums
Multiple MW Regional Slalom & Overall Champion
3X Midwest Junior Elite Team Member
Multiple MW Regional Most Improved Awards
Multiple Indiana Slalom, Trick, Jump & Overall Champion
2X Jr. US Open U17 Slalom Qualifier
2019 USA Can-Am Team Member - Gold Individual Slalom
Girls 2 Indiana State Slalom Record Holder
Girls 2 MW Region “Record Tournaments” 4@35off 32mph Record Holder
Girls 2 MW Regional “All-Tournaments” 2@38off 32 mph Record Holder

Swim Accomplishments

Committed to swim D1 at Florida Gulf
Coast University Made summer junior national cut in the 50 free
Placed 24 in summer nationals in the 50 free
8 pool records
4 School records
8th place in 200 free relay at summer nationals
3rd place at winter junior nationals in 300 free relay
7th place at winter junior nationals in 200 medley relay
6th place in the 50 free at Indiana High School State Championships 2022
6th place in 100 free at Indiana High School State Championships 2022
5th place in 50 free and 100 free at Indiana High School State Championships 2023