Oct. 30, 2002
For Immediate Release
To: News Directors and News Editors
From: Veronika Avery, Coordinator of Media Relations, 342-5444
ULM WATER SKI TEAM RELISHES THEIR 17th NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
AS THEY ARE TOPS IN NCWSA'S ANNUAL COACHES POLL
The University of Louisiana-Monroe, having recently won
its 17th national title in the 24-year history of the Collegiate
Water Ski National Championships on Oct. 19, sits atop the final
2002 National Collegiate Water Ski Association's Coaches Poll,
released last Thursday. ULM edged 2001 national champion Arizona
State, which was the national runner-up this year, by just three
points in the final poll. Most teams shifted one or two places
in the poll.
The National Championship was brought home for the 17th time
by The University of Louisiana at Monroe water ski team. They
won the National Collegiate Water Ski Association National Team
championship by beating the defending champions Arizona State
University by a slender margin of 95 points. The Collegiate Water
Ski National Championships was held in Austin, Texas.
ULM's number one ranking was enhanced by team member Regina
Jaquess who leaped 147 feet to set a pending NCWSA National Women's
jump record and secured the title of All-American team captain
ULM Ski Team Coach Bill Bagley said, "We regained our title.
It was a true battle. I have four seniors and for them it's the
best thing that could happen in the world. The weather had been
horrible and raining, and the competition took place in a downpour
this morning, but we did our best. It was very exciting it was
a very close tournament, we went into the last event five points
behind the leader and we knew it would take a solid day of skiing
from each one of our men and women to fill the gap of what we
needed to win. Our team just rose to the occasion and did just
what we had to do under the pressure. I am very proud of them.
We had our first girl jumper go out and do her personal best.
The other girls jumped what they were capable of jumping, and
our last jumper jumped the new national record. The old record
had stood for 4 years at 143 feet."
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