March 18, 2010
ULM’s Water Ski Team boasts “Golden Moment” in national journal
While members of the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus family frequently receive individual accolades in national journals, it is less of a routine thing for a national magazine to be devoted to all things ULM.
But that was the case with the ULM Water Ski Team’s domination in the January/February edition of The Water Skier.
Beginning with the magazine’s cover story about recent pharmacy graduate Regina Jaquess, the 2009 Female Athlete of the year, it was hard to escape notice of the number of positive ULM mentions made by the journal’s editors.
The cover story on Jaquess, “A Decade of Excellence,” pointed to her continued domination in the sport stating, “She is well on her way to being considered among the all-time greats, if not arguably, the greatest of them all.”
In addition, one article, “The Legend Continues,” spoke of “the depth of talent that the ULM water ski team boasts,” as it detailed the results from the 2009 Collegiate Water Ski National Championships. Many fans and supporters are aware that the team won its 22nd national championship title at the National Collegiate Water Ski Association’s 31st National Championship Tournament, held last fall in Bakersfield, Calif.
“When the dust settled on day one of the three-day tournament, the Warhawks had a commanding 700-point lead on their closest competitor, thanks largely to its domination in men’s slalom,” wrote Water Skier reporter Scott N. Atkinson. “They never looked back.”
Another article titled, “Golden Moment,” details Zack Worden’s capture of the 2009 Under 21 World Title. Worden, a freshman at ULM, won the men’s jump event at Collegiate Nationals, held in October.
Worden and Adam Sedlmajer returned in early March from Melbourne, Australia, where they competed in the Moomba Masters Water Ski Tournament, an elite qualifying and invitation-only world competition tournament. Sedlmajer captured first place in the highly competitive men’s trick event at the tournament.
The ULM Water Ski Team next heads to the 2010 Polar Bear Classic at Texas A&M at College Station, Texas, and invites fans and supporters to the team’s annual home tournament to be held in conjunction with Super Warhawk Weekend in April.
The ULM Water Ski Team competes in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association South Central Region.
Men’s team members include: Martin Bartalsky of Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia; Kyle Dammann of Lynchberg, Tenn.; Daniel Odvarko of Prague, Czech Republic; Will Oliver of Hull, United Kingdom; Adam Sedlmajer of Prague, and Zack Worden of Deltona, Fla.