October 20, 2012
From: Laura Clark
Director of Media Relations
ULM Water Ski Team wins 24th national title
The University of Louisiana at Monroe Water Ski Team won their 24th national championship title at the 34th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships Oct. 18-20, at Tri-Lakes in Zachary. The ULM Water Ski Team has captured the national title 24 out of the 34 years of the tournament's history.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Water Ski Team won its 24th National Championship at the 34th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships in Zachary.
According to www.usawaterski.org, the Warhawks tallied 12,475 points in winning their national title. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette finished second, scoring 11,585 points.
The competition included 12 of the nation’s top teams in Division 1, and 11 teams in Division 2. National team champions were declared in both divisions.
Treina Landrum, ULM Water Ski Team coach and director of Recreational Services, expressed the importance of her team’s dedication and competitive spirit.
"Our skiers did a great job throughout the tournament, performing well on the first day and gaining momentum with each event," said Landrum.
"The entire ULM family can be proud of these intense competitors who work hard and exemplify good sportsmanship."
The Division 1 field was comprised of competitors from ULM; the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; the University of Alabama; Arizona State University; the University of Cincinnati; Florida Southern College; Purdue University; Kansas University; Iowa State University; Miami University (Ohio); Rollins College; and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
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.
ULM’s Adam Pickos won the individual men's tricks title, scoring 6,060 points. Martin Kolman of ULM finished second, and Nikita Papakul of ULM finished tied for third.
Men's Jump was won by Martin Kolman, with Siarhei Bushin placing second.
The ULM men’s team won the Team Slalom Competition by 235 points over ULL. The team also won the Team Trick Competition by 150 points over ULL. Closing out the competition, the men's team also won the team Jump Competition.
Martin Kolmanplaced first in the men's Overall Skier competition, with Nikita Papakul placing second.
The ULM women’s team won the Team Trick Competition, edging out Florida Southern College by 150 points. The women’s team placed second in the Team Jump Competition.
More about the ULM Water Ski Team
The ULM Water Ski Team competes in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association South Central Region. Members of the ULM Water Ski Team are:
- Jake Bridges of Ireland
- Siarhei Bushin of Novopolotsk, Belarus
- James Earl of Solihul, England
- Claudio Koestenberger of Sattendorf, Austria
- Nikita Papakul of Belarus
- Martin Kolman of the Czech Republic
- Adam Pickos of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
- Tyler Scott of Covington
- Michael Stevenson of Gilbert, Arizona
- Will Oliver of Hull, England.
- Jenny Benjamin of London, England
- Eleanor Benjamin of London, England
- Makayla Clemons-Haw of Sacramento, Calif
- Carli Guyer of Pierson, Fla.
- Maddison McCammon of Clermont, Fla.
- Janice Stevens of Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada.
To view complete competition results, visit