Belleville Lake will soon be a sheet of ice, but none of that
matters to the men and women of the water ski club.

The team will be heading down to Austin, Texas, tomorrow for the
National Collegiate Water Ski Association Championships.

Michigan earned its bid, despite a shaky fall showing, with a
third place finish at the Midwest Regional competition last
month.

“Things didn’t work out right (during the fall season).” senior
Brian Spinneweber said. “It almost looked like we weren’t going to
make it to Nationals this year.”

Stuck in the middle of the pack for most of the regional, the
club grabbed the final spot thanks to a solid all-around
performance from the team.

“It was definitely pretty nerve racking because we couldn’t tell
where we would end up,” sophomore Allison McIntyre said.

Michigan is becoming a staple at the Division 1-A tournament; it
will be making its fifth appearance since 1996. Last year’s solid
showing earned Michigan a sixth-place finish, the highest in team
history.

“We’ve been trying get everyone out to the lake a lot to get
practiced up and in skiing shape for the tournament,” Spinneweber
said.

The fun doesn’t stop when the lake is frozen over and the team’s
brand new MasterCraft ski boat is put away for the winter. The
offseason is stocked with social gatherings ranging from a snow ski
trip on Boyne Mountain to a winter conference at Purdue with
professional water ski instructors.

“The team itself is pretty close, so we hang out a lot during
the winter,” McIntyre said.

The crowning excursion for club members is an annual spring
break trip to Louisiana. And what spring break trip to the Pelican
State would be complete without a visit to New Orleans for Mardi
Gras?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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