Grand Valley State University Going to Nationals

boarditupboarditup Posts: 585 Crazy Baller
edited October 2012 in News & Other Stuff
Grand Valley State University from Allendale, MI, will be attending Nationals for the first time since the founding of the team just 7-years ago. The have accomplished this without a large dollar sponsor but with the support of the local water skiing community here in Western Michigan. They have put in countless hours on the water zipping past my house whenever there was daylight. If you don't have a home team in the competition, please lend your support to this upstart team and wish them success.

http://www.gvsu.edu/studentlife/stuey/organization.htm?organizationId=2920C1F7-D644-C4E5-C15CBE072B7159A3
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  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,974 Mega Baller
    edited October 2012
    I think it is an interesting year for midwest waterskiing in general, mad props to GVSU.

    Also note, in midwest collegiate skiing,
    Wisconsin Lacross, Purdue, Miami Ohio, Cincy and IA State Cyclones, all went Division I, and wild cards MI for div II,

    I think we should all note that collegiate skiing has HUGE strides to make in the northern states, the more exposure we can get for some of these schools, particularly in WI, MI, IN, IL, and IA the more the sport stands to grow.

    Imagine if you could mobilize a Chicago ski industry like they have in the southern states.

    Everyone buy those Collegiate Team T-Shirts and wear them. You will get the "________ has a ski team? My son is going there, he skis!" all the time.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,874 Mega Baller
    @bracemaker very true. It's the move from the hacker club sport to the one that really starts to have a system, recruits and gets competitive. In Iowa it has really made a difference for Iowa State to have access to a quality private site. If the U of Iowa could get same, I believe it would help greatly.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,974 Mega Baller
    edited October 2012
    @6balls You mean the Iowa River 30 minutes north of Iowa City isn't prime ski territory and that owning something newer than a 1990's moomba outback might improve their training?
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,874 Mega Baller
    @bracemaker they now have a 197 and train both on the IA River but also at Eagle Lake in Waterloo (where I skied on the cheap in residency). They went to Nat's last year.
    Bottom line they need a real site in/near Iowa City. Despite all of this, my best friends to this date are from the Iowa ski team...part of the collegiate experience. Again...how do you know this stuff about the IA team, where are you now etc? Send me a PM.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,974 Mega Baller
    I agree on needing a site near IC,

    I always thought that low area around the Hawklot would work, or perhaps the park by mayflower.
  • boarditupboarditup Posts: 585 Crazy Baller
    GVSU came in 4th in Division 2 their first time qualifying for Nationals. Congratulations team! Now, get ready for next year
    Karl DeLooff - Powered by the wind
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,974 Mega Baller
    I was depressed that the webcast went down before the bikini contest, and also before the sat. afternoon Div. II coverage - I was hoping they would show more of that.
  • boarditupboarditup Posts: 585 Crazy Baller
    They may post it on U-Tube, so you may get to see the action, but not in real time.
    Karl DeLooff - Powered by the wind
  • Mrs_MSMrs_MS Posts: 371 Crazy Baller
    I bought a collegiate team shirt from Wisconsin Lacrosse via Jenny Kaldor:)
    I ski for fun, just the wife!
  • madcityskiermadcityskier Posts: 112 Baller
    Missed this thread, but Go Lakers! Class of 1994.
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