The University of Louisiana finished the year second in Division 1 at the 33rd Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 13-15, at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La. scoring 10,905.0 points.  Two UL skiers won individual events. Lorenzo D'Alberto of Italy took high score in men's tricks with 5,370 points, and Nancy Chardin of France won women's tricks with 3,880 points.

In men's jumping, Christophe Wharton finished 3rd with 530.0 points, and D'Alberto finished 4th with 520 points.  Overall for the men, D'Alberto finished 2nd with 1475.0 points, and Garrett Karber finished 4th with 1335.0 points.  For women's jumping, Stinne Soendergaard finshed 4th with 530.0 points, and Nancy Chardin finished 5th overall with a tally of 1530.0 points.

The UL-Monroe water ski team won the title. The Warhawks tallied 11,865.0 points and won their first national title since 2009 and 23rd title in the history of the event.

The competition included 12 teams in Division 1 and 10 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 comprised Alabama, Arizona State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cincinnati, UC Davis, Florida Southern, Louisiana, ULM, Ohio State, Rollins, Texas A&M and Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Florida Southern finished third with 10,675.0 points. Alabama was fourth with 10,110.0 points and Arizona State placed fifth with 9,205.0 points.

Other than UL, athletes winning individual national titles in Division 1 were: ULM's Tyler Scott (Covington, La.), men's slalom (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off); ; Alabama's Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), women's slalom (5 buoys at 38 feet off) and overall 1,680.0 points); Florida Southern's Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), women's jumping (157 feet); ; and ULM's Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.), men's jumping (194 feet) and overall (1,640.0 points). Morgan's and Worden's respective jumping distances are both pending NCWSA national records. If approved by the NCWSA, Morgan's mark will surpass the record of 155 feet set by ULM's Alex Lauretano at the 2010 South Central Regional Championships. Worden's mark will surpass the record of 193 feet set by Louisiana-Lafayette's Ryan Fitts at the 1999 Collegiate Nationals.

The final scores were as follows:

12U033C      NCWSA COLL NATIONALS DIV1      COMBINED TEAM  

        DETAILS OF TEAM SCORES AND PLACES       AS OF  17:25  10-15-2011

TEAM NAME               SLALOM PLC  TRICKS PLC  JMPING PLC  OVRALL PLC

UNIV OF LOUISIANA MONR  4120.0  1   3930.0  1   3815.0  2  11865.0  1 
UNIV OF LOUISIANA       3630.0  3   3455.0  3   3820.0  1  10905.0  2 
FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLE  3705.0  2   3415.0  4   3555.0  3  10675.0  3 
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA   3170.0  5   3670.0  2   3270.0  4  10110.0  4 
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSI  3100.0  6   3200.0  5   2905.0  5   9205.0  5 
ROLLINS COLLEGE         3385.0  4   2855.0  6   2765.0  6   9005.0  6 
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY   1825.0  7   2190.0  8   1695.0  8   5710.0  7 
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNA  1340.0 10   2330.0  7   1650.0  9   5320.0  8 
UNIV OF WISC LA CROSSE  1600.0  8   1875.0  9   1735.0  7   5210.0  9 
CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBIS  1425.0  9   1105.0 12   1315.0 10   3845.0 10 
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY     935.0 11   1270.0 10   1055.0 12   3260.0 11 
UC DAVIS                 685.0 12   1195.0 11   1270.0 11   3150.0 12 

To view the Division 1 scorebook, click here.

For the first time, LSU made finals in the the Division 2 field. 

Texas State won the Division 2 title, scoring 7,215.0 points. Purdue finished second with 7,170.0 points. Wisconsin (6,940.0 points), Clemson (6,520.0 points) and Iowa (5,870.0 points) rounded out the top-five placements.

Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 2 were: Purdue's Michael Bullock (Brentwood, Tenn.), men's slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off); Wisconsin's Tyler Lorenz (Oconomowoc, Wis.), men's jumping (158 feet) and overall (1,310.0 points); Clemson's Karl Szatrowski (Westfield, Mass.), men's tricks (2,600 points); North Carolina's Rachel Shepard (Odessa, Fla.), women's slalom (5 buoys at 32 feet off) and tricks (2,090 points); and Western Washington's Alex Bachmeier (Spanaway, Wash.), women's jumping (82 feet) and overall (1,280.0 points).

12U034C      NCWSA COLL NATIONALS DIV2      COMBINED TEAM      

        DETAILS OF TEAM SCORES AND PLACES       AS OF  15:37  10-15-2011

TEAM NAME               ID     SLALOM PLC  TRICKS PLC  JMPING PLC  OVRALL PLC

TEXAS STATE UNIV        TSU    1670.0  8   2765.0  1   2780.0  1   7215.0  1 
PURDUE UNIVERSITY       PUR    2565.0  1   2390.0  4   2215.0  2   7170.0  2 
UNIV OF WISC MADISON    MAD    2545.0  2   2650.0  2   1745.0  5   6940.0  3 
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY      CLE    1900.0  6   2580.0  3   2040.0  4   6520.0  4 
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA      IOW    1930.0  5   1820.0  6   2120.0  3   5870.0  5 
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNI  WWU    2260.0  4   1740.0  7   1540.0  6   5540.0  6 
CAL STATE UNIV CHICO    CSC    2350.0  3   2060.0  5   1015.0  7   5425.0  7 
UNIV OF NC CHAPEL HILL  NCH    1765.0  7   1405.0  8    870.0  9   4040.0  8 
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS     TEX    1125.0  9    850.0  9    960.0  8   2935.0  9 
LOUSIANA STATE UNIV     LSU     780.0 10    710.0 10    840.0 10   2330.0 10 

 


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