Ragin’ Cajuns Win Syndicate Waterskis 42nd Collegiate Nationals

by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports

Brooke Baldwin slalom skiing

The University of Alabama's Brooke Baldwin won the women's overall title.

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the Syndicate Waterskis 42nd Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 21-23, at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La. The Ragin’ Cajuns tallied 12,930 points in winning their second consecutive and eighth overall national title since the inception of the event in 1979. The University of Alabama finished second with 12,395 points. Florida Southern College, which tallied 10,415 points, placed third. The University of Louisiana-Monroe finished fourth with 10,205 points and Rollins College was fifth with 10,010 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 tournament did not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The Division 1 field was comprised of: University of Alabama, Arizona State University, Clemson University, Florida Southern College, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Louisiana-Monroe, Miami of Ohio University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Rollins College, Texas A&M University and University of Wisconsin.

Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 1 were: University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s Arron Davies (Great Britain), men’s slalom (5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jaimee Bull (Canada), women’s slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Rollins College’s Felipe Franco (Peru), men’s tricks (7,000 points); University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.), women’s tricks (4,890 points); University of Alabama’s Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.), men’s jumping (196 feet); University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Dominique Grondin Allard (Canada), women’s jumping (157 feet); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dorien Llewellyn (Canada), men’s overall (1,620 points); and University of Alabama’s Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), women’s overall (1,720 points).

Division 1 scorebook.

The Division 2 field was comprised of: University of Arkansas, Auburn University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of Cincinnati, Iowa State University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, San Diego State University, University of Texas, UC Davis, UCLA and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

The University of Michigan won the Division 2 team title, scoring 7,440 points. Iowa State University placed second (7,165 points), followed by San Diego State University (7,055 points), University of Texas (6,255 points) and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (6,250 points).

Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 2 were: San Diego State’s Tyler Schmid (San Diego, Calif.), men’s slalom (3 buoys at 35 feet off); UCLA’s Paula Jaramillo (Colombia), women’s slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off) and jumping (119 feet); Texas’ Konstantinos Arkadis (Austin, Texas), men’s tricks (1,240 points); Iowa State University’s Amanda Luttschwager Rose (Lake St. Louis, Mo.), women’s tricks (1,400 points); University of Texas’ Carter Hooten (Austin, Texas), men’s jumping (105 feet); Auburn University’s Jack Glendinning (Lake St. Louis, Mo.), men’s overall (1,360 points); and University of Texas’ Emma Morgan (McQueeney, Texas), women’s overall (1,640 points).

Division 2 scorebook.

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