Published on Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:08
The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 36th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 16-18, at TriLakes in Zachary, La. The Warhawks tallied 12,830 points in winning their fourth consecutive national title and 26th title in the history of the event. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette finished second, scoring 12,415 points.
The Nationals, organized and hosted by the National Collegiate Water Ski Association and Bennett’s Water Ski & Wakeboard School, included 12 teams in Division 1 and 12 teams in Division 2. National team champions were declared in both divisions. Individual medals for slalom, tricks and jumping were awarded based on athletes' placements within their division. Overall titles were awarded in each division to athletes competing in all three events.
The Division 1 field was comprised of Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Florida Southern, Grand Valley State, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, Ohio State and Rollins.
Florida Southern College finished third with 10,635 points. Alabama was fourth with 10,550 points and Rollins placed fifth with 8,245 points.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 1 were: Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dane Mechler (Cincinnati, Ohio), men’s slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.), men’s tricks (6,700 points); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Giannina Bonnemann (Germany), women’s jumping (148 feet); Louisiana-Monroe’s Manon Costard (France), women’s slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and overall (1,740 points); Rollins College’s Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), women’s tricks (5,510 points); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Christopher Wharton (Great Britain), men’s jumping (175 feet); and Florida Southern College’s Thibaut Dailland (France), men’s overall (1,690 points).
To view the Division 1 scorebook, click here.
The Division 2 field was comprised of Auburn, Chico State, Clemson, UC Davis, Michigan, San Diego State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, UCLA, Wisconsin and Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Clemson won the Division 2 title, scoring 7,675 points. Michigan finished second with 7,565 points. Wisconsin-La Crosse (7,505 points), Auburn (6,785 points) and Wisconsin (6,590 points) rounded out the top-five placements.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 2 were: Clemson’s Paul Kulig (Morrison, Colo.), men’s slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (134 feet) and overall (1,560 points); Auburn’s Grace Wilkins (Lake Placid, N.Y.), women’s jumping (97 feet); Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Jennifer Kaldor (Maple Grove, Minn.), women’s slalom (2 buoys at 35 feet off); Texas State’s Alexis Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), women’s tricks (1,950 points); UCLA’s Kirk Lee (San Diego, Calif.), men’s tricks (3,920 points); and Texas A&M’s Jade Hanson (Rosharon, Texas), women’s overall (1,320 points).
To view the Division 2 scorebook, click here.
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