• We slalom.

  • We jump.

  • We trick.

About the team


The University of Michigan Water Ski Club is a way for both Recreational and Tournament level skiers to ski while they are here at college. We typically have 30 members spanning the whole range from novices to seasoned tournament skiers.

There are three levels of commitment in which you can involve yourself, we have an 'A' and 'B' competitive team as well as the option to remain entirely recreational. The 'A' team scores points throughout the tournament season while the 'B' team skies on an exhibition basis for the first two tournaments.

Whether you are preparing for a tournament or just want to get out on the water, practice times are arranged at the individuals convenience. Our practice site is Belleville Lake, a twenty minute drive from campus, where we have a slalom course, jump ramp, and a brand new MasterCraft ski boat which is provided to us on a yearly basis.

During the fall season, which begins in early September, we attend four tournaments as well as the national championship if we qualify. Tournaments are for people who wish to compete as well as those who just want to have a good time and make new friends with members of other Midwest ski teams. During tournaments, the daytime is dedicated to the three events of competition, which are, slalom, trick skiing, and jump. At nightfall, all the teams gather for dinner and a night filled with bonfires and DJs.

During the offseason we go snow skiing, bowling, and throw parties. While the ice is still thick on Belleville Lake the water ski club makes an annual trip to Louisiana for spring break. There the members receive world class instruction, supplemented with visits to Baton Rouge as well as New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Once the ice melts away, we put the new boat in the water and start preparing for our spring season, having fun all the while. Spring season consists of additional tournaments which keeps the excitement level up for the fall season and allows members to meet with their friends from other teams in the Midwest.

2013 Division 2 Nationals 3rd Place Finish

2013 Ripfest Champions

2009 Division 2 National Championship Qualifier

2009 Ripfest Champions

2008 Division 2 National Champion Runner-Up

Everyone is welcome! We have skiers of all abilities and we teach all three events (slalom, trick, and jump). Most people join with some knowledge of slalom skiing, but many have never skied in a course and most have never tricked or jumped. We have most of the equipment you’ll need, and we’re ready to teach you whatever you want to learn.

If you are new to skiing, it’s best to start out in the summer. You’re completely welcome in the fall, but tournaments take up a lot of time and we’re short on time to teach. We compete the first 4 weekends of the fall semester, so the earlier you join the better! We also get a lot of new skiers in the winter, where you can ease into the team by taking place in team bonding trips and events before hitting the water with us.

Slalom

Kerbie Reader (F) - 2 @ 35' off | 2006
Dan Smallidge (M) - 4.5 @ 35' off | 2000
             

Jump

Jen Nauman (F) - 88' | 1998
David Meinhardt (M) - 144' | 2000
             

Trick

Lauren Oppenlander (F) - 1,120 points | 1997
Dan Smallidge (M) - 2,910 points | 2001

Before you can ski behind our boat you’ll need to get USA Waterski membership (www.usawaterski.com). If you are under 25, it’s $40 for the whole year and it provides you with $100,000 medical liability insurance policy for any water skiing related activity. When you sign up, you should choose “Under 25 Active,” type “UofM Waterski and Wakeboard Club” for team, and “Collegiate” for Sports Discipline 1st Choice.

Hail to the victors valiant.

Our Team

Who are we anyway?

Well, let us introduce ourselves.

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Coach

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ADAM FLETCHER

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President

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ANDREW CARLONE

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Vice President

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Anthony Maraldo

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Treasurer

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Harry Freedman

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Secretary

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Maddie Luros

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Co-Captain

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MAX SCHWEIN

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Co-Captain

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COLIN SCHWEIGERT

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Public Relations

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Erik Lukkari

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Team Representative

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Rachel Dawson

THOMAS JOHNSON

EVAN CARPENTER

LAURA BINKOWSKI

ELIZABETH MCLAUGHLIN

JOEL COUSINEAU

CHRIS LESCH

SAM WILLIAMS

Theau Heral

Toad Goodall

Lauren Shepard

Olivia Gignilliat

GIANNA HILL

Aly Rosenau

CONNOR BADE

Our Favorite Quotes

  • You can't sloth me! I'm unslothable!

    Max S., 2014
  • mmm...conditions are perfect

    Thomas J., 2014
  • Goodnight...girl...

    Harry F., 2014

Join Us

Join us if you like what we do because we have a lot of fun and really enjoy getting to know new members and welcoming them to our team.


Send us an email to the address below and we'll give you the low down on joining our squad.

University of Michigan Ski Team

water.ski.officers@umich.edu

Ann Arbor, MI

Contact Us

We are actually a pretty extraverted team, so if you have any questions about our team, our sport, our school, or anything else, just drop us an email and we'll respond to you as soon as we can.

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