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ULM Wins Connelly Collegiate Nationals

The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 40th Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 11-13, at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. The Warhawks tallied 12,175 points in winning their third consecutive and 29th overall national team title since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Louisiana-Lafayette finished second with 12,115 points. Alabama, which tallied 11,830 points, placed third. Florida Southern College finished fourth with 11,515 points and Rollins College was fifth with 7,540 points.

The Nationals 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, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Ohio State, Rollins, San Diego State, Texas A&M, Western Washington and Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 1 were: Alabama’s Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.), men’s slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Alabama’s Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), women’s tricks (5,570 points); Louisiana-Monroe’s Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), men’s jumping (186 feet) and overall (1,605 points); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jaimee Bull (Canada), women’s slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Guillaume Tetreault (Canada), men’s tricks (5,970 points); and Louisiana-Monroe’s Hanna Straltsova (Belarus), women’s jumping (153 feet) and overall (1,575 points).

To view the complete Division 1 scorebook, visit: http://www.usawaterski.org/rankings/ScoreBks/19U026CS.HTM.

The Division 2 field was comprised of Auburn, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, Grand Valley State, Iowa State, Miami University of Ohio, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Texas, Texas State, UCLA and Wisconsin.

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo won the Division 2 team title, scoring 10,445 points. Wisconsin placed second (9,700), followed by Iowa State (9,035), Purdue (8,640) and Auburn (8,535 points).

Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 2 were: Auburn’s Lindsey Elrod (Dadeville, Ala.), women’s slalom (6 buoys at 22 feet off); UCLA’s Paula Jaramillo (Colombia), women’s jumping (83 feet), tricks (2,390 points); Michigan State’s Jean Klochko Bull (Orchard Lake, Mich.), women’s overall (1,575 points); Texas State’s Nathan Kelm (Katy, Texas), men’s slalom (1 buoys at 35 feet off) and jumping (149 feet); and Purdue’s Jose Luis Tejada (Peru), men’s tricks (2,390 points) and overall (1,755 points).

To view the complete Division 2 scorebook, visit: http://www.usawaterski.org/rankings/ScoreBks/19U027CS.HTM.
























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