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ULM waterski team competes for 27th national title

Published October 13, 2016

MONROE, La. — The University of Louisiana Monroe’s Water Ski Team will compete for its 27th national title at the 38th National Collegiate Waterski Championship tournament held at El Centro, California from October 13-15.

The tournament is hosted by National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA) and will include a total of 24 teams —12 from Division I and 12 from Division II.

Athletes will be awarded individual medals for tricks, jumping and slalom, with overall titles awarded in each division as well. 

Warhawks qualified for the tournament last week in Katy, Texas where they showed envying performance by beating the University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL), the reigning national champions, and claiming the regional title.

The team’s head coach, Joey McNamara is hoping for a solid performance at the national tournament.

“The team feels great and the atmosphere is amazing,” said McNamara. “This is what we’ve been waiting for all season, and I know the team will give their best to claim the title once again.”

The ULM water ski team has won 26 out of 38 national championships so far, with the last one won back in 2014. Taylor Horton, the team’s captain hopes this will be the 27th.

“This will be a very close competition with three new schools competing for the first time,” Horton said. “Our biggest opponent is traditionally ULL, but we showed last week that we can beat them, and we hope we succeed in it this time as well.”

Water ski enthusiasts can watch the tournament live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS9KpZjiENU