2006 News


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Chad and Tyler Scott

Congratulations to our friends Chad and Tyler Scott. Tyler finished 1st in Boy's 2 division and set a new National Record of 2 buoys @ 39.5 feet off. Chad finished 2nd in Men's 3 with a score of 4 @ 39.5 feet off.


Pictured: Lindsey Able, Brittney Greenwood and Caroline Darwin

Congratulations to CWS member Caroline Darwin for 3rd place finish in Girl's 2 Trick

Pictured: Kayla Gray, Emily Darwin / not pictured: Amanda Stevenson

Congratulations to Emily Darwin for 1st place finish in Girls 3 trick with a total of 2430 points

and 3rd place finish in Girl's 3 slalom with a score of 1.5 @ 32 off. 2 @ 32 off won the event.

Pictured: Maisey Varnell, Amanda Stevenson, Emily Darwin


Maisey Varnell, Caroline Darwin, Tracy Lawrence, Tyler Scott and Emily Darwin backstage at the Tracy Lawrence concert in Klute, Texas on Saturday, July 29, 2006.

Louisiana State Slalom Championships

July 22-23, 2006

The following CWS members had podium placements:

Caroline Darwin - 1st G2, Emily Darwin - 1st G3, Mike Erb - 2nd M4

Darrell Fitts - 1st M6, Joe Darwin - 2nd M3


National Record Set @ Cottonwood

Tyler Scott of Covington, Louisiana shattered the Boy's Division 2 National Slalom Record scoring 1 buoy @ 39.5 feet off at the 2006 Cottonwood Summer Classic. Tyler held the previous record of 3.5 @ 38off. See tournament page for more details.


2005 News

Congratulations to Cottonwood Water Ski members Emily and Caroline Darwin for their podium finishes in Girls 3 and Girls 2 Tricks at the 2005 South Central Regional Championships. View the entire tournament results at www.awsasouthcentral.org.

Congratulations to Cottonwood Water Ski members Emily and Caroline Darwin for their performances at the 2005 National Water Ski Championships. Caroline finished 6th in Girls 2 tricks and Emily finished top 20 in Girls 3 tricks.

Congratulations to our friend Scot Jones who finished 2nd in Men's 3 slalom at the 2005 National Championships. It must have been the visor!!

Chad Scott shatters the Lake Record by skiing 3 @ 41 off at the Cottonwood Summer Classic on June 5, 2005. His son, Tyler skied 1/2 @ 39 off at the State Championships on July 17, 2005 and again at the Cottonwood Fall Classic on August 28, 2005.


2004 News

Congratulations to Cottonwood member Caroline Darwin - 1st place, Girls 2 trick - South Central Regional Championships. For complete results go to www.awsasouthcentral.org

Lauren Jimmerson - Caroline Darwin - Lindsay Able

From the Shreveport Times - Monday June 7, 2004:

Water skiers face challenges at Cottonwood

June 7, 2004
By Jimmy Watson

Competitive water-skiers are accustomed to dealing with a lot of challenges on courses around the South. Just finding some courses tucked away in remote sites can be difficult enough, while high winds and quick-changing weather conditions can wreak havoc on a skier's chance to obtain their personal best.

But Covington's Claire DiPol was prepared for the challenge she faced Sunday afternoon in the first-ever competitive water ski event at Lakes at Cottonwood in south Bossier City.

DiPol was one of about 28 skiers from around the region competing for ratings that will allow them to advance to regional and national competitions. The 2004 Cottonwood Summer Classic was a three-round Class C slalom tournament held in a subdivision designed specifically for water skiers.

"I thought the tournament went real well with a lot of personal bests and a good number of strong skiers," tournament director Joe Darwin said. "Everyone skied well and seemed to enjoy being out here. We got a break on the weather."

DiPol's 8-year-old son celebrated his birthday Sunday by getting his master's rating with a personal best of five buoys. If he finishes in the top five at regionals in Houston later this summer, the rating will allow him to advance to nationals.

Bossier City's Kim McClain was disappointed in her performance Sunday but has already qualified for regionals in the Women's II Division (ages 25-34). She lives on a similar ski lake at Olde Oaks but found the skiing at Cottonwood to her liking, even though she fell on her final run of the day.

"I was late getting to the four (buoy), so I dropped back on my ski and it manhandled me," McClain said. "This is a very technical sport where everything has to fall in line or the least little thing can throw you off."

Water skiers use a lot of initials in their lingo, like PBs (personal bests) and EPs (exceptional performances), to get their point across. All of them, however, say they love the family atmosphere in the small circle of friends they develop in the sport.

"This is one of the most fantastic exercises you can participate in and it's refreshing to be in the water during the summer heat," said Shreveport's Lori Roy, who competes in the Women's IV. "It doesn't matter what level you ski at, there's always one more buoy that you want to get to.

"You can measure your progress exactly by the number of buoys you make and this sport is very addicting."

Since the skiers were competing for ratings rather than trophies at Cottonwood on Sunday, the atmosphere was not as competitive as it is at regional events.

"Since we're not competing against each other here, everyone is very supportive," McClain said. "It's a fun, family atmosphere."

McClain has a 10-year-old son who also competes in events, but she said he could be better if he took instruction well.

"He's not real competitive and he gets testy at times," McClain said. "He gets that from me."

Roy, 46, said she took up water skiing competitively six years ago after seeing 84-year-old Lucille Borgen ski at nationals.

"She's 90, now, and still skiing," Roy said. "I figured if she could do it, I could. Now my goal is ski as long she has."
ŠThe Shreveport Times
June 7, 2004