The last event of the competition is the slalom event, which is the most natural form of water skiing for most Western Washington University athletes.
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The second day of Nationals is perhaps the toughest event for most skiers. Using a smaller ski with less support than a slalom or a jump ski makes for a slippery challenge that can take a long time for skiers to master.
The National Collegiate Water Ski Association Nationals is an extravagant event for everyone involved, except for Western Washington University. Due to the lengths they have to go to make traveling to the lakes at Zachary, Louisiana, possible, they are left with a lot less to offer than their opposing teams.
On Oct. 25, 2023 the Western Washington University Water Ski team flew to Louisiana for the 44th Syndicate Collegiate Water Ski National Championships. Including a five-hour layover, the trip took 13 hours out of Bellingham International Airport.
Many of the most competitive teams in the nation recruit water skiers who have been competing for years before college. The Western Washington University Water Ski club relies on recruiting students who came to Western so they could snow ski at Mount Baker and converting them into water skiers.
In 2019, Western Washington University’s water ski club was competing at the Division I level, but following a disruption to the club caused by COVID-19, they retained only two members from the DI team. From 2020 until 2022, Eric Negomir and Ben Clarke served as president and vice president respectively, and resurrected a club that was on the brink of collapsing.
The 2023 season was one of the best in recent memory for Vikings baseball, making it to regionals for the first time since 2018. Following two suspended seasons in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, the Vikings finished with a record of 5-10 and 19-11 the past two years. They are looking to improve once again in 2024.
For many years, Wednesdays have been an informal holiday on Western Washington University's campus, permitting students to let off some steam by partying in the middle of the week. For businesses in downtown Bellingham, this means a shift in demographics to a younger crowd during the academic year. For students, it provides an opportunity to connect and meet new friends.
Coming off a positive year in 2021, the Bellingham Bells’ 2022 season kicks off May 31 at historic Joe Martin Field with an opener against the Springfield Drifters.
Many things come to mind when thinking of Western Washington University. The cold weather, the unique art on campus, or the endless amount of Breweries and tattoo shops you can find around every corner of downtown. Seth Keeney, a senior track & field athlete at Evergreen State College, was able to get a taste of what life in Bellingham is like while competing at a track event.
The Vikings bested Simon Fraser University by 10-strokes on their way to their second straight first place finish at the GNAC championships. All of Western Washington University’s golfers were on their game finishing in the top 15.
Water skiing is a surface water sport where an individual is pulled behind a boat, kissing the edge of the water with water skis attached to their feet. There is only one word necessary to describe what it takes to be on the water ski team at Western Washington University and that is stoke.