KC Wilson: taking Florida to victory in Men's Slalom

The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 title, at the 34th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, at Tri-Lakes in Zachary.


The Warhawks tallied 12,475 points in winning their second consecutive national title and 24th title in the history of the event. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette finished second, scoring 11,585 points.

The competition included 12 teams in Division 1 and 11 teams in Division 2. National team champions were declared in both divisions. 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. The Division 1 field was comprised of Louisiana-Monroe, Florida Southern, Wisconsin-La Crosse, Arizona State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Alabama, Rollins, Purdue, Miami (Ohio), Kansas, Cincinnati and Iowa State.

Florida Southern finished third with 10,865 points. Alabama was fourth with 10,400 points and Rollins placed fifth with 8,175 points.

Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 1 were: Alabama's Caroline Hensley, Women's Slalom (5-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off); Louisiana-Monroe's Adam Pickos, Men's Tricks (6,060 points); Florida Southern's Lauren Morgan, Women's Jumping (145 feet); Florida Southern's K.C. Wilson and Louisiana-Lafayette's Benjamin Stadlbaur, Men's Slalom (tie; 3 buoys at 3-1/2 feet off); Florida Southern's Manon Costard, women's tricks (3,390 points) and overall (1,660 points); and Louisiana-Monroe's Martin Kolman, Men's Jumping (176 feet) and overall (1,710 points).

The Division 2 field was comprised of Michigan, Clemson, California-Davis, Texas State, San Diego State, North Carolina, Cal Poly, Chico State, Texas, Texas A&M and Grand Valley State.

Clemson won the Division 2 title, scoring 6,890 points. Texas State finished second with 6,545 points. Michigan (5,870 points), Grand Valley State (5,550 points) and California-Davis (4,475 points) rounded out the top-five placements.