|EL CENTRO, Calif., Oct. 15, 2016 - The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 38th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 13-15, at Imperial Lakes. The Warhawks tallied 11,260 points in winning their 27th national team title since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Louisiana-Lafayette, the 2015 national champion, finished second scoring 11,135 points. Florida Southern College, which tallied 10,970 points, placed third. Alabama finished fourth with 10,705 points and Rollins College was fifth with 9,145 points.
The Nationals, organized and hosted by the San Diego State water ski team, the Imperial Lakes Water Ski Club and the National Collegiate Water Ski Association, 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. Athletes finishing in the top-five in each event of slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in Division 1 earned All-American honors.
The Division 1 field was comprised of: Alabama, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida Southern, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rollins and San Diego State.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 1 were: Louisiana-Lafayette'sGiannina Bonnemann (Germany), women's overall (1,700 points); Rollins College'sJoshua Briant (Australia), men's tricks (6,820 points); Rollins College's Natalia Cuglievan (Peru), women's tricks (4,500 points); Louisiana-Lafayette's Taryn Grant (Canada), women's jumping (147 feet); Louisiana-Monroe's Martin Kolman (Czech Republic), men's jumping (175 feet) and overall (1,560 points); Louisiana-Lafayette'sDane Mechler (Loveland, Ohio) and Florida Southern College's Thibaut Dailland (France), men's slalom (tie: 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); and Florida Southern College's Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.), women's slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).To view the Division 1 scorebook, click here.
The Division 2 field was comprised of Arkansas, Auburn, UC-Davis, UCLA, Cincinnati, Grand Valley State, Iowa State, Miami of Ohio, Texas, Texas A&M, Western Washington and Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Miami of Ohio won the Division 2 title for the first time, scoring 8,535 points. Western Washington University, the 2015 champion, finished second with 8,520 points. Wisconsin-La Crosse (8,235 points), Grand Valley State (8,115 points) and Cincinnati (7,800 points) rounded out the top-five placements.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 2 were: Texas A&M's Ryan Bridgford (Red Oak, Texas), men's slalom (3 buoys at 35 feet off); Texas A&M's Jade Hanson (Rosharon, Texas), women's slalom (1 buoy at 35 feet off), tricks (1,760 points) and overall (1,490 points); Western Washington's Matthew Kienbaum (Liberty Lake, Wash.), men's jumping (137 feet); Western Washington's Jaye Morris (San Diego, Calif.), women's jumping (119 feet); Arkansas' Nick Newton (Hot Springs, Ark.), men's tricks (1,780 points); and Texas A&M's Cullen Parker (Martindale, Texas), men's overall (1,620 points).To view the Division 2 scorebook, click here.
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Team Connelly skier Sacha Descuns set a (pending) French national record this past weekend scoring [email protected] at the Sport Center Slalom Cup in Frespech of Southern France. Sacha joins a short list, of now 10 skiers, to run 41 and get into 43-off at 36mph.
“Running 41 was really special for me because I wanted to run it since 4 years old, but I never had the opportunity to do it because of my multiples injuries. After the exit gate, I thought about all the time spent on the couch with my cast and all the pain in my leg I had to deal with, and I realized how much effort I had to make to be here, in the water, ready to enter the course at 43 for the first time in a tournament.” Sacha explains.
The 24 year old Frenchman has been a huge contributor in the development of the Connelly GT the past few years, but has unfortunately been battling injuries, limiting time on the water and keeping him out of the tournament scene. Suffering a broken tibia, fibula as well as bones in his ankle and foot dampened Sacha’s expectations as to where he could get back to in terms of his skiing.
Coach Vinny, of Vincent Soubiron Ski School, explains, “As he couldn’t use his front leg due to strength and pain, I asked Sacha to move his center of gravity further back on the ski. Immediately his center of mass was moving much better… We were both very impressed at how this allowed him to get back in the game. For 6 weeks straight we only worked at 32 off until the 2 sides were symmetric and he was used to the new body placement and vision phases.” He continues, “…The Connelly GT was absolutely perfect for it. It helped Sacha gain even more confidence with a ski he knows he can trust, that won’t blow out the tail… The GT has a singular way of sitting on the water that allows you to play with a lot of things… Sacha has a lot of potential and I am sure he is going to improve his record even more, whether this year or next.”
ORLANDO, FL (September 29, 2016) – During Monday’s Ski Fluid Invitational in Polk City, Florida Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll set two new pending Jump World Records pulled by the PCM HYPERFORMANCE H6DI powered Ski Nautique 200. It proved to be an historic day in the world of tournament waterskiing, as Carroll flew 194ft (59.2m) followed by a 198ft (60.3m) jump, making her the first female to ever break the 60-meter barrier.
This isn’t the first time Carroll has broken back-to-back world records. At the 2015 Sunset Cup, the tournament debut of PCM and GM Marine Technology’s powerful Direct Injection engines (H5DI and H6DI), she shattered the previous world record three times with jumps of 193ft (58.8m), 193ft (58.9m), and 194ft (59.1m).
“It’s always amazing to come to America and get a chance to jump behind the PCM H6DI engine. I know that every jump I will get a strong consistent pull giving me the best opportunity to fly far,” said Carroll.
In addition to Carroll’s World Records, there were numerous personal bests pulled behind PCM’s HYPERFORMANCE H6DI with industry leading horsepower and torque at last weekend’s Sunset Lakes Fall Classic. The outstanding performance of the H6DI pulled Centurion athlete Alex Laurentano 184ft to tie her Open Women’s National Record, two M4 Jump Records of 180ft and 182ft, a Chilean Junior Women’s Record of 144ft, and a Finnish Open Women’s Record tie of 179ft.
PCM President Mark McKinney stated, “We couldn’t be anymore proud of Jacinta and her accomplishments. The team here at PCM is excited to see the incredible power and torque of our engines taking these athletes to the highest level and making history.”
Trent Finlayson ran 4 @ 41 (55K) to tie the Canadian Men's 3 Record at the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize Aquaplex.
Since 1979 the Far West Water Ski Club has maintained the slalom course and dock at Lake Nacimiento, near Paso Robles, Ca. Because of the Club’s efforts, the course has been in continuous operation since its installation and available 100% free of charge to anyone wishing to give it a try. Thanks to the Club, countless skiers have tried a slalom course for the1st time at Lake Nacimiento. The last new dock was installed over 20 years ago, it has seen better days, and it is time for a replacement. Over the last year the Club raised approximately $30,000 and spent about $20,000 building half of the new dock.
With support from BallOfSpray, the Club is hosting the FWWSC / BallOfSpray Cash Prize Fundraiser to help complete the new dock. The event will include lots of skiing, a Santa Maria style BBQ, plenty of course-side camping, non-skiing games and activities for everyone, a 3-round slalom FUN tournament, with a head-to-head, and more laughs than your favorite You Tube videos. The event will be held October 7-9, 2016 on the always glassy waters of Precision Ranch Lake in Arvin, CA (about 30 minutes south of Bakersfield). The entry limit will be held to the first 45 skiers but the whole family is invited.
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Past World Record holders and past World Champions returned to capture headlines and glory over this past week in the world of Waterskiing. Many performances were quite extraordinary. At last count, eleven new pending world records were set!
The attraction of high level sports events for Seniors has never been so strong. Legends in golf, tennis, waterskiing and others, are all enjoying their return to the limelight. The Senior PGA Championship founded in 1937 hasalready seen golfers Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson and others on the podium. In tennis, the ITF Seniors and Super-Seniors continue to grow in popularity. Waterskiing's Over 35 World Championships at the weekend attracted 189 top athletes from 28 countries. The USA team alone had 63 contenders! Again, these Championships are going from strength to strength.
The location was Sesena in the province of Toledo, Spain, just 35km south of Madrid. The venue was the Botas Sesena Waterski and Wakeboard Complex, using two of its excellent man-made lakes. In all, there were four age categories for both men and women in Slalom, Tricks and Jump, with Overall titles also at stake. As the official supplier of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), the competition boats and service were provided by Nautique who also supplied the boats for last week’s FISU World University Waterski Championships in Akita, Japan. The Nautique 200 TE PCM 6.2L was equipped with the latest version of the Zero Off speed control system.
In sunny 76F / 25C conditions, some of those catching great attention on the water were international Waterski legends of the past, Kris LaPoint (USA), Jennifer Leachman (USA), Olivier Fortamps (BEL), Pierre Plouffe (CAN) and April Coble Eller (USA).
Kris LaPoint, in the Over 55s category, set Slalom World Records back in 1982 and 1984 and took the title of World Slalom Champion in 1975. His score here in Sesena was 5.5 buoys on the 10.75m line to beat four others on this same shortening for the gold medal. Jennifer Leachman, now Mrs LaPoint, set a total of three World Slalom Records in 1985, 1987 and nine years later in 1996. That final Record was 3 buoys on the 10.75m line. Her Sesena score of 2.5 buoys on the 13m line was not quite enough to reach the podium this time and the gold medal went to Lori Krueger (USA). Olivier Fortamps was truly in a league of his own here in Sesena. As a past IWWF World Cup Series star from 2006 to 2010, his Tricks score of 10,300 points would have been an Open World Record back in 1985 and was just 1,100 short of his all-time personal best! Pierre Plouffe, competing in the Over 65 category, has won over 30 Canadian Championships in the past and several World Championships titles in Overall. In the extreme sport of Waterski Jump, his superb distance of 34.7m in Sesena earned him yet another well-deserved gold medal, which he also took in Tricks and Overall. Finally, in the Over 35 group, April Coble Eller, a 24-time National Champion and a past US Coach of the Year with enough major Slalom medals to fill the Lake, took the Slalom title again with a score of 1.5 buoys on the 11.25m line.
The Team winners were:
In presenting the Over 55 Slalom Gold Medal to Kris LaPoint, David Skillen (AUS), a candidate for the position of IWWF President next year, stated that this was a moment he will never forget. This must be the key to why so many real sports fans enjoy the thrill of seeing past legends returning to the limelight once again.
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