CWS member Chad Scott - 5th place Big Dawg Finals /
2nd place Men's 3
CWS member Jim Morton competing at Nationals.
2009 South Central Regional
Water Ski Championships
Congratulations to the following CWS members:
Chad Scott - 1st Place Men's 3 slalom
Nicole Baird - 1st Place Women's 2 Slalom
and to our friends Shelby Coke - 1st Place Men's 2
Jonathan Fox - 3rd Place Men's 2 Slalom
Some pictures from the event......................
Mike Erb Jim Morton
Joe Darwin The Gang
Shelby Coke Jonathan Fox
June 3, 2009
Cottonwood to host
ski event this weekend
By Jimmy Watson
Some of the top water skiers in the country
will be participating each day.
Area fans of the water sports can enjoy a free outing on Saturday
and Sunday when The Lakes at Cottonwood hosts a nationally
sanctioned water ski tournament.
The annual event, sanctioned by USA Water Ski, will run from 8
a.m. until about 5 p.m. both days with some of the top water skiers
in the country participating in three rounds of competition each
day. Among the local skiers are Emily Darwin, who competes on the
national championship UL-Monroe team, and Jed Blackburn, who won a
national title in 2007.
Also set to compete is Tyler Scott of Covington, one of the
top-ranked junior boys in the country, according to event director
"It'll be a lot of fun and we encourage the general public to
come out and watch both days. There is no admission charge," Darwin
said. "We have several national record holders coming here to earn a
rating for regional and national events."
The competitors will vie in 16 different age divisions. Results
will also be used in rankings for the 2008 regional and national
championships. The Lakes at Cottonwood has hosted sanctioned water
ski events since 2004 and two national records, one regional record
and five state records have been achieved at these events.
Cottonwood is nationally recognized as one of the premier slalom
water ski sites in the nation. Water Ski Magazine held its first two
Independent Water Ski tests at Cottonwood in 2006 and 2007 giving
international exposure to the Shreveport-Bossier City area.
Cottonwood's layout and environment make an ideal setting for
witnessing world-class performances.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, ice chest and
some type of cover, since none is available at the site.
Additional details and registration information can be found by
clicking on the "Tournament" page at
www.lakesatcottonwood.com or by calling (318) 747-4149. The
Lakes at Cottonwood is located off Hwy. 71 four miles south of
Jimmie Davis Highway in south Bossier City.
USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization
promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is
affiliated with the International Water Ski Federation (world
governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic
Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national
governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. With
nearly 40,000 members, USA Water Ski is the largest water ski
federation in the world.
ULM Bayou Classic -
April 25-26, 2009
CWS Member Tyler Scott will compete at the Junior Masters
Water Ski Tournament May 22-23, 2009
The ULM Water Ski Team celebrated their 21st National
Championship at a special weekend commemorating the 30th anniversary of
the ULM Water Ski program. Alumni from the past 30 years were in
attendance as the team was paraded thru the tailgating area prior to
being introduced on the field during the ULM / Florida Atlantic football
Barbora Kolesarova, Emily Darwin, Tina Rauchenwald, Tyler Boyd
Adam Sedlmajer, Regina Jaquess, Karen Stevens, Tatiana Hernandez, Kyle
Dammann, Martin Bartalsky Top Row: Kate Adriaensen, Andreas
Pombo, Daniel Odvarko Not pictured: Brittney Collins, Carly
CWS member Emily Darwin signed a letter of intent with the University
of Louisiana Monroe at a signing ceremony at her school on April 24th
She will be competing for the National Champion ULM Warhawks
beginning in the Fall of 2008.
Emily is the first female skier from Louisiana to sign with ULM in 12
Currently, she will be
the only US female on the team.
ULM recruits world class skiers from around the world and has an
impressive 20 national titles since 1979. Attending the signing from
ULM was Graduate Assistant Tyler Boyd and Team Captain Tyler Collins.
For info on the ULM Water Ski Team, go to
Emily Darwin selected KTBS Athlete of
the Week for 5-21-08.
Emily Darwin featured in Shreveport
Darwin takes her water skiing passion to ULM
pending quality time with her
father, Joe, pushed Emily Darwin to unprecedented
heights for a local water skier.
The recent honor cord and regent's scholar graduate
at Parkway High School inked scholarship papers to
compete collegiately at UL-Monroe, nailing down a rarity
for a northwest Louisiana teen.
Darwin will join the non-NCAA-sanctioned water ski
program at the Monroe school this fall and is expected
to be the only American female skier on the starting
"I went to a tournament in Monroe last year and that
really kick-started me thinking about skiing at the
collegiate level," Darwin said. "I liked the program,
coach (Treina) Landrum and the school, so I decided to
sign with them."
The Warhawks are gaining one of the most decorated
young female skiers this area has produced in quite some
time possibly ever. Darwin has been a national top-20
performer by USA Water Ski since 1999, ranked in the top
four for the South Central Region since 1999, a national
championship medalist in 2003 and 2005, selected to
South Central Region Junior All-Star Team in 2002 by USA
Water Ski, selected to South Central Region Junior Team
every year since 1998 and Louisiana's top-ranked junior
female since 2004.
"We are very excited to have Emily join our team and
we believe that she'll fit right in," Landrum said.
"We've known her family for a long time, because the
sport of skiing is a small world. It wasn't a hard
decision at all to sign Emily because she is a solid
Landrum said Darwin is the first Louisiana skier she
has signed in a number of years.
What has become a passion began as a passing fancy
when she was 3 years old, skiing behind her father's
boat on Lake Bistineau. Darwin began skiing
competitively at 7 and started winning events soon
She received a set-back at age 13 when she tore her
ACL for the first time while attempting to complete a
ski jump. She gave up jumping after that but continued
to slalom and trick ski. Darwin tore her ACL a second
time in December 2006 while cheerleading for Parkway.
But with some pushing by her father, Darwin returned
to the water and continued to progress.
"My dad had to push me a lot at the beginning because
there were times when I didn't want to go," Darwin said.
"But I realized that this is my time with my father and
we have a relationship that a lot of fathers and
daughters don't have. I don't think I've ever skied when
my father wasn't driving me."
Darwin typically practices three times a week and
competes in tournaments every other weekend. She'll be
in Covington competing this weekend and has six or seven
more tournaments, plus regionals and nationals on tap
for this summer.
"I report to ULM about two days after completing
nationals, so that will be tough," Darwin said.
Through the years, Darwin has learned to adjust to
the good and bad of being a competitive water skier.
"When I'm on the water, it's my time to relax ... to
put everything else out of my mind," she said. "It's
work, but it's also fun."
And the bad?
"There really haven't been any drawbacks other than
being away from my friends when I'm gone so much,"
Darwin said. "It's not too bad, though, because we make
time when I'm home."
When she wasn't studying, skiing or cheerleading,
Darwin was involved in the National Honor Society, Mu
Alpha Theta, ASTRA and Beta Club at Parkway.
She considered signing with a school in Florida, as
well as UL-Lafayette, before deciding on ULM.
"Coach Landrum seemed to have the most interest in me
and the team was very welcoming when I visited there,"
Darwin said. "They also offered me the most scholarship
money, plus I have TOPS and another scholarship that
should pay for most of my school."
Darwin plans to major in biology at ULM.
She will return to Shreveport after graduation to
pursue medical school with the hopes of becoming a
Summer Classic V - June 7 & 8, 2008
Go to the "Tournament"
page for more details.
Fall Classic - August 30th and 31st. See details on Tournament Page.
following CWS members won first place in their respective divisions at
the Louisiana Slalom Championships the weekend of July 19th and 20th at
Women 1 -
Emily Darwin (PB of 4 @ 32 off)
Boys 3 -
Men 1 -
Men 4 - Joe
Men 5 -
Congratulations to CWS members:
Emily Darwin / Renee Powell Sara Haynes / Renee Powell
/ Emily Darwin
Darwin - 2nd Women's 1 Trick / 3rd Women's 1 Slalom
Baird - 1st W2 Slalom
- 2nd M3 Slalom
- 1st B3 Slalom
ULM Water Ski Team wins 2007
Nationals. More details at
Congratulations to coach
Treina Landrum and the entire ski team for winning the school's 20th
Driver's Clinic -
September 22, 2007.
Four new drivers were assigned ratings. Mike Erb - Bossier City,
Louisiana / Paul Sartor - West Monroe, Louisiana
Mark Schneewind - Pine Island, Minnesota / Jed Blackburn - Bossier
Special thanks to Billy Varnell from Marlow, Oklahoma for his
assistance in conducting the clinic.
CWS member Chad
Scott won the Bayou Big Dawg in Covington, Louisiana the weekend of
Chad Scott skiing
behind the 2008 Cottonwood Water Ski / Midway Marine Malibu Response LXI
at the Bayou Big Dawg.
SCR Regionals Aug
3-5 - Tri-Lakes - Zachary, Louisiana
CWS member Blake
Fritz won Most Improved Boy's 2 Slalom in 2007. Blake was given the
award at the SCR Regional Banquet. Congrats on a great Regional's
performance of 1.5 @ 22 off (personal best).
Championships July 21-22 @ Olde Oaks
Lori Roy, Darwin, Ward McLain, Jed and Vanetta Blackburn Lynda and Scot
Eric Guilott - Midway Marine and Chad Scot
Podium finishes by
Darrell Fitts - 1st
Men 6 / Joe Darwin 2nd Men4 / Mike Erb 4th Men 4 / Eric Schmidt 2nd Men
2 / Blake Fritz 2nd Boys 2
member Chad Scott from Covington, Louisiana won the Big Dawg
Championship in Austin, Texas the weekend of June 21-22. This is the
first of four Big Dawg Championships held around the country culminating
in a final competition in September. Congrats to Chad on a well deserved
The series consists of
four regionally held 34 mph slalom water skiing
qualifying tournaments and a final competition in Winter Garden, Fla.
Each of the four qualifying tournaments pits up to 50 skiers in
heart-pounding, head-to-head competition, each vying for a share of a
$3,000 cash-prize purse. The top-eight finishers at each qualifier will
move on to the finals, Sept. 29-30, at the Isles of Lake Hancock in
Winter Garden, Fla., where $12,000 purse will be at stake. The finals
will feature a live Web cast.
Summer Classic recap on
"Tournament Scorebooks" at
2007 Magazine's Ski
November 3-5, 2006 @ Cottonwood
for article from WaterSki Magazine's March 2007 issue.
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2004 / 2005 / 2006 News
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