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Oct. 19 2002

ULM Wins 17th National Water Ski Championship

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has won their 17th National Championship of Collegiate Water Skiing. The ULM team won first place overall and ULM skier Regina Jaquess set a national collegiate record this weekend at 147 feet for women's jumping.

The Collegiate Water Ski National Championships was held Thursday Oct. 17th through Saturday, Oct. 19th in Austin, Texas.

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."

Second place was Arizona State University, third place went to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and forth place went to the University of Alabama.

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