BIGGER AND BETTER! That was the plan for the Louisiana Collegiate Wake Tour crew when putting on the 3rd tour stop hosted by LSU Wake at Bennett's Ski School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nick McDonald, Megan Louviere, and the rest of the crew put on one the best collegiate contest to date of the tour with 52 total riders from 9 colleges, 2 states, and 2 countries. With over 250 people in attendance to watch the event, it was also the biggest to date. The sun, beach, and blue water combined with a wake boat on one lake and 40 feet from another lake with a winch and 3 rails, made for an excellent day for all. Not to mention the great parties that went on the night before and after.
LSU easily rode off with the victory by bringing 22 riders and placing 6 riders in their respective divisions. Nick Viccari led the team with a 2nd place finish in the toughest open division the tour has seen so far. LSU president Brannon Lauber and team captain Zach Sheets also both placed in the skate and advanced divisions respectively. ULM was a very distant 2nd place led by Cody Townsend and Kalynn Oswalt. Louisiana Tech redeemed themselves after a disappointing showing at the last tour stop to take 3rd place over Mississippi State and ULL. Mississippi State was competing in their first ever tournament with 11 riders, less than a month after officially being recognized as a team by the school.
All in all it was a great tour stop and left everyone looking forward to the final tour stop in Monroe hosted by defending LCWT Champs, Warhawk Wake from ULM. The stop will take place on campus at ULM on Bayou Desiard on April 21st. The First ever LCWT Awards Show will take place at 6th Street Bar in Monroe that night with a live band, drink specials, and big party for all!
We need to give special thanks to Adam Silcio for helping us out the past couple of years by hooking us up with Red Bull and being our judge at almost all of the Louisiana Wakeboard Community competitions. Adam has accepted a job with Singleton Marine Group in Atlanta, Georgia and will be leaving us soon. We wish him the best in his new career! Also big thanks to Bennett's Ski School, Red Bull, Swamp Sports Board Shop, BuyWake.com, Backside 5 Clothing, Rukus Board Shop, Slingshot Wakeboards, and Louisianawakeboarding.com for all the support with prizes for all the riders and spectators.
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LCWT -- Hosted by LSU Wake -- Results
1st - Rob Czeck -- Nicholls State University
2nd -- Kole Kindschuh -- Our Lady of the Lake
3rd -- Daniel Kopsco -- Louisiana State University
1st -- Kalynn Oswalt -- University of Louisiana Monroe
2nd -- Amanda Jamroz -- Louisiana Tech University
3rd -- Tiffany Shetters -- Louisiana Tech University
1st -- Chad Weaver -- University of Louisiana Lafayette
2nd -- Ben Fowler -- Louisiana State University
3rd -- Josh Brasher -- University of Louisiana Monroe
1st -- Ian McDougall -- University of Louisiana Lafayette
2nd - Brennan Thompson - Louisiana Tech University
3rd -- Brannon Lauber -- Louisiana State University
1st -- David Curtis -- Louisiana State University
2nd - Herman Baliaheon -- Polostk State University
3rd - Zach Sheets -- Louisiana State University
1st -- Ben Albright -- Southeastern Louisiana University
2nd -- Nick Viccari -- Louisiana State University
3rd -- Cody Townsend -- University of Louisiana Monroe
1st -- Louisiana State University
2nd - University of Louisiana Monroe
3rd -- Louisiana Tech University
4th -- Mississippi State University
5th -- University of Louisiana Lafayette