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ULL Wins Syndicate Collegiate Nationals

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the Syndicate Waterskis 41st Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 10-12, at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. The Ragin’ Cajuns tallied 12,680 points in winning their first national title since 2015 and seventh since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Alabama finished second with 12,275 points. Three-time defending champion Louisiana-Monroe, which tallied 11,855 points, placed third. Florida Southern College finished fourth with 10,790 points and Rollins College was fifth with 9,250 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: Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jaimee Bull (Canada), women’s slalom (5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Alabama’s Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), women’s tricks (5,560 points); Louisiana-Monroe’s Dominique Grondin-Allard (Canada), women’s jumping (159 feet); Alabama’s Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), women’s overall (1,710 points); Alabama’s Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.), men’s slalom (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Edoardo Marenzi (Italy), men’s tricks (6,650 points); Louisiana-Monroe’s Danylo Fil’chenko (Ukraine), men’s jumping (191 feet); and Florida Southern College’s Tanguy Dailland (France), 1,720 points.

Gay, Hunter and Bull each successfully defended their titles from 2018. Bull’s score of 5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/1 feet off is a pending National Collegiate Water Ski Association women’s slalom record. If approved, it will surpass the mark of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off co-held by Manon Costard (2014) and Samantha Dumala (2015).

To view the complete Division 1 scorebook, visit: http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/divisions/collegiate/20U033CS.htm#PageTop.

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

Miami of Ohio won the Division 2 team title, scoring 10,050 points. Cal Poly placed second (9,990), followed by Wisconsin (9,485), Auburn (9,225) and Iowa State (9,135 points).

Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 2 were: UCLA’s Paula Jaramillo (Colombia), women’s slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), tricks (2,800 points) and overall (1,750 points); Cal Poly’s Kyla Jo Miller (Lake Stevens, Wash.), women’s jumping (92 feet); Cal Poly’s Colin Minard (Yuba City, Calif.), men’s slalom (0 buys at 35 feet off); Purdue’s Jose Luis Tejada (Peru), men’s tricks (2,070 points) and overall (1,735 points); and Cal Poly’s Hayden Brake (Granite Bay, Calif.), men’s jumping (152 feet).

To view the complete Division 2 scorebook, visit: http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/divisions/collegiate/20U034CS.htm


















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