Oct. 12, 2005
To: News Directors and News Editors
From: Veronika Avery, Director of Media Relations, 342-5444,
ULM Water Ski Team Member Breaks Record; Team Prepares for Nationals as No. 1 Seed
The National Championship Water Ski from the University of
Louisiana at Monroe, lived up to their title at the 2005 National
Collegiate Water Ski Association's South Central Regionals held
recently in Austin, Texas. The NCWSA web site says, "...the
stage is now being set for what is bound to go down as the greatest
National Championships in the 27 year history of the NCWSA. The
University of Louisiana at Monroe Indians have won the honor
of representing the Region as it's top seed in Paducah by edging
those feisty Ragin' Cajuns from the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette by a slim margin of 120 points (8,070-7,950). These
two teams are matched as closely as any two teams can be. It's
all going to depend on who makes the fewest mistakes in Paducah."
The scores were like this. First on the
water was the women's jump event which ended in a tie for first
place between ULM's Natalia Berdnikova and Regina Jaquess, who
each jumped 139 ft.
In women's overall, ULM's Regina Jaquess
came in 2nd place and Natalia Berdnikova of ULM finished 3rd.
Thomas Degasperi of ULM taking top honors
in men's slalom with a score of 2 @ 41 off. ULM's Ian Trapp came
in third with 1 @ 39 off.
Aliaksei Zharnasek from ULM, set a pending NCWSA record with
6,850 to win the men's trick event, and ULM's Ryan Dodd placed
3rd with 3,520.
World Slalom Champion and ULM student,
Regina Jaquess, came in first in women's slalom with 2.5 @ 38
off. Breanne Wagner from ULM took 3rd with 4 @ 35 off.
In women's trick, ULM's Kate Adriensen
came in 3rd with 3,340.
The team heads to NCWSA Nationals in
Paducah, Ken., Oct. 20-21.
Competing for the ULM women's team will be Kate Adriaensen, Belgium;
Natallia Bernikava, Belarus; Carly Clifton, Ohio; Regina Jaquess,
Georgia; Laura Lammi, Finland; and Breanne Wagner, Canada.
The men's team includes Joel Bohlin,
Illinois; Tyler Collins, Kentucky; Kyle Dammann, Tennessee; Thomas
Degasperi, Italy; Ryan Dodd, Canada; Tyler McDermeit, Florida;
Federico Minelli, Italy; Ian Trapp, Louisiana; and Aleksei Zharnasek,
For more information about the ULM Water
Ski team, visit them online at http://www.ulmwaterskiteam.com.
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online visit www.ulm.edu. While there,
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calendar for all of ULM's upcoming events.