She sits down in the calm water, clutching a rope.
Suddenly, the boat takes off, lifting South Oldham High School senior Elizabeth Fowler out of the water on a slalom ski.
She curves around a series of buoys with ease and grace.
A competitive water skier, Fowler is one of the best in the country. She’s also an instructor and this fall, she’ll be swimming with elite skiers at the University of Alabama.