The University of Louisiana-Monroe avenged its 2005 loss to arch-rival and defending champion the University of Louisiana-Lafayette by winning the team title in convincing fashion at the 2006 Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 12-14, at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. Twelve of the nation's top collegiate water ski teams competed for the Division 1 team title as well as individual titles at the tournament. Sacramento State and the Sacramento State Aquatic Center teamed up to host the 28th annual event.
After leading the race for the team title throughout the three-day event, ULM finished in first place after generating 12,040 points. ULL came in second with 11,670 points and Florida Southern College finished third for the second consecutive year with 10,430 points.
“The 2006 Collegiate Water Ski National Championships didn't fail to impress with three days of non-stop action on the water,” said Andy Jugan, USA Water Ski's executive director. “Congratulations to Louisiana-Monroe on winning its 19th team title and to all the athletes who competed in this year's event.”
In Men's slalom, Purdue's Cale Burdick (Danville, Ind.) clinched his second collegiate Men's slalom title with a score of 2 buoys at 41 off, just 1-1/2 buoys shy of the current National Collegiate Water Ski Association's record. ULL's Felipe Miranda (Chile) finished second with 2-1/4 at 39-1/2 off. Arizona State's Brody Reid (Griffin, Ga.) and Kole Magnowski (Canada) tied for third with 2 at 39-1/2 off.
In Men's tricks, Alabama sophomore Tomlin Wilson (Minden, La.) clinched his first collegiate Men's tricks title with 5,900 points. ULM's Adam Seldmajer finished second with 5,370 points and ULM's Ryan Dodd (Canada) earned third place with 5,250 points.
In Men's jumping, ULM's Dodd clinched his third consecutive title with a 180-foot leap. ULL's Steven Critchley (Great Britain) finished second with a 178-foot-leap and Miranda finished third with a 169-foot leap.
In Men's overall, Miranda won the title with 1,670 points, Dodd earned second place with 1,660 points and Seldmajer placed third with 1,630 points.
In the Women's events, Florida Southern's Clementine Lucine (France) earned titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In tricks, she won the national title and set a pending NCWSA record with 4,570 points. If approved, it will top the current record set by Regina Jaquess in 2005. In slalom, Lucine won the title after rounding 5 buoys at 38 off, and she won the overall title with 1,590 points.
Also in tricks, ULL's Mandy Nightingale (Sapulpa, Okla.) finished second with 4,340 points and ULL's Danyelle Bennett (Zachary, La.) rounded out the top three placements with 4,220 points.
In Women's jumping, ULM's Natallia Berdnikava (Belarus) won the title with an astounding 153-foot-leap and set a pending NCWSA record in the process. If approved, it will eclipse the current record of 152 feet set by Regina Jaquess in 2004. Not far behind was Florida Southern's Alex Lauretano (Morris, Conn.) with a 151-foot jump and fellow teammate Lucine with a 145-foot-jump.
In Women's slalom, ULM's Breanne Wagner (Canada) and Kate Adrianesen finished second and third, respectively, with 2-1/2 at 38 and 2 at 38.
In Women's overall, Adrianesen finished second with 1,510 points and Bennett placed third with 1,505 points.
The Division 1 competition included the top-three teams from each of the NCWSA's four regions from across the United States. Division 1 teams were: Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, California San Diego, Florida Southern College, Illinois, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Purdue, Sacramento State, Texas and Wisconsin.
At the Division 2 tournament, California State University-San Diego won the team title after earning 6,740 points. Marquette University finished in second place with 6,285 points and Chico State finished third with 6,070 points.
In the Men's events, Chico State's Brian Kinney (Yuba City, Calif.) swept titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. He won his second consecutive overall title with 1,220 points; his second consecutive tricks title with 4,630 points; his second consecutive Men's jumping title after soaring 170 feet; and the Men's slalom title with 3 buoys at 38 off.
Also in tricks, Kansas' Christian Scharosch (Bucyrus, Kan.) finished second with 1,290 points and Chico State's Ricky Krulicki (Watsonville, Calif.) came in third with 1,270 points.
In jumping, Kansas' Chris Carr (Wichita, Kan.) finished second with a 132-foot leap. Kansas' Scharosch placed third with a 117-foot jump.
In slalom, Chico State's Krulicki finished second with 2-1/2 at 35 followed by Kansas' Scharosch with 1/2 at 35.
In Men's overall, Scharosch finished second with 1,170 points and Krulicki placed third with 1,150 points.
In the Women's events, Kansas' Amy Bing (Wichita, Kan.) won the overall title with 1,065 points and tied Marquette's Marcy Holtz (Pewaukee, Wis.) for first place in jumping with a 75-foot jump. Bing also finished third in tricks with 910 points and third in slalom with 1/2 at 28.
In Women's tricks, Marquette's Julie Jahnke (Brookfield, Wis.) earned the title with 1,510 points while Michigan's Linsey Ward (Ann Arbor, Mich.) placed second with 970 points. Jahnke also placed third in overall with 990 points and finished third in jumping with a 74-foot-leap.
In Women's slalom, North Carolina's Hanna Edeback (Cary, N.C.) clinched the title rounding 2-1/2 at 35. Georgia College's Erin O'Neil (Toccoa, Ga.) finished second with 2-1/2 at 28.
In Women's overall, San Diego State's Dana Weaver (Monrovia, Calif.) finished second with 1,000 points.
Nine teams competed at the Division 2 tournament: Chico State, Cal Poly, San Diego State, Georgia College, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Marquette, Michigan and North Carolina.
The NCWSA, a sport division of USA Water Ski, is comprised of more than 90 collegiate water ski teams from four regions. Intercollegiate water ski competition began under the NCWSA in 1979. The NCWSA's major tournaments include the Nationals and the Collegiate All-Stars Water Ski Championships.
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