(Ellensburg, WA – Oct. 8, 2012) The CWU Wake Sports Club successfully defended their West Coast Collegiate Wakeboard Championship title in Sacramento this past weekend. CWU handily won the competition by 27 points, as the closest competitor was defending national champion Chico State. Six divisions were up for grabs; Men’s A, B, C, D, Wake Skate and Women’s Open.
Saturday’s preliminary round advanced nine CWU riders into the final round on Sunday. CWU’s own Thomas Olson and Kolby Blew finished fourth and fifth in the Men A’s riders and in the Men B’s division Sean Harris, Corbin Schafer and Eddie Roberts were top seeds in the finals. CWU swept the Men’s B with Roberts in first, Harris in second and Schafer in third. Mike Day finished second in Men’s C and Patrick Mahoney finished second in Men’s D and also finished third in Wake Skate. Chelsea Worland represented the ladies division and finished second.
CWU will now focus on the Alt Games National Wakeboard Championship in spring of 2013.
CWU Wake Sports battled both weather and 12 other Collegiate Wake Sport teams at the 2012 Collegiate Wake Board National Championships. Central wound up taking 4th, an improvement of 3 places from 2011. The event took place at the Guthrie Country Club in Guthrie, Oklahoma from May 31st-June 3rd, the event was originally slated to be held at a Oklahoma City site.Thursday and Friday were filled with challenges to the event. The qualifying rounds began on time on Thursday but were halted by the local health department due to high bacteria levels in the Oklahoma City site after two nights of rain and tornadoes in the area. The permit was revoked and the event was forced to find a new location.The Guthrie Golf and Country Club, 30 miles north of Oklahoma City, came to the rescue and graciously allowed the event to be staged on their property.
Central’s riders competed in all seven classes. Men A, B, C, D, as well as Women’s A, B and Wake Skate. In Men’s A Thomas Olson, a US Bank Scholarship winner, placed second overall. Brent Lund and Corbin Schafer also took second place in Men’s C and Men’s D respectively.”The entire team performed on a national stage, ” Club President Eddie Roberts said, “we continue to put Central Washington on the national radar and continually show that we can ride with the best.” Also competing and scoring for the team were Patrick Mahoney, Michelle Moos, Kodie Trinidad, and Roberts.CWU Wake Sports continues to be a strong force in the National Collegiate Wake board Circuit. Central finishes a banner season with a West Coast Regional Title as well as top 4 finish at Nationals.
Coverage will premiere on Wednesday, July 11 (9 p.m. EDT) as part of The Alt Games Presented by Jack in the Box® on CBS Sports Network. Wakeboarding also will be featured as part of the Alt Games Highlight Show Presented by Jack in the Box® airing on the CBS Television Network on Saturday, July 15 (2 p.m. EDT).
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Central Washington Wake Sports earned their berth to Oklahoma City and The ALT Games in the fall, but this weekend will decide who will represent the Wildcats in OKC. Central Wake Sports is attending an open competition in Toledo, WA at Koppert Lake this weekend. This competition will decide the six riders that get the opportunity to compete in Oklahoma.
This weekend is also the final competition tune-up for the Wildcat Riders who will look to put Central Washington University on the map in the Wake Sports World. Central is one 14 pre-qualified schools due to winning the Western Regional in Chehalis, WA last fall.
The other schools that qualified for OKC are:
Arizona State University
Ball State University
California State University – Chico
Central Washington University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Illinois State University
North Carolina State University
University of Florida
University of Louisiana – Monroe
University of Miami
University of Tennessee
University of Wisconsin – Madison