2021 Holiday Letter

Dear Alumnus, Family, and Friends,                                                                                                                      

Happy holidays! As this year concludes we hope your home is filled with health and happiness. In addition to sending warm holiday wishes, we would like to provide a few updates on the outstanding 2021 season of the MSU Waterski Team. The MSU Waterski Team had yet another amazing season this year, continuing its legacy of excellence! Having added so many new members, the future looks bright for our team! Our skilled returning skiers and new members helped our team experience growth in both talent and kinship.

A combination of dock send-offs, body paint, and megaphone cheers kept the spirit of the Spartans strong at every tournament we attended including this year’s Division II National Tournament at Bennetts Water Ski School in Louisiana. The road to Louisiana was long, but we will always treasure the memories we made. MSU Waterski competed in a total of five tournaments this season starting in September and concluding in late October. The team traveled all around the Midwest for competitions with the “Team Midwest” Waterski family. All of the tournaments we attended would not have been possible without the help of judges, volunteers, and parents. 

The 2021 season began at Allentucky in Conklin, Michigan where we received 4th overall. The following weekend, we headed to Forest Lake where we hosted Ripfest and had a record number of skiers attend. We had many jumpers land for the first time and placed 3rd overall! In Van Wert, Ohio at The Great Lakes Conferences we slalomed, jumped, and tricked our way to 5th overall, advancing us to Midwest Regionals. We packed our bags and traveled to Decatur, IL for Midwest Regionals where the competition was fierce. Despite the rain we managed to have tons of personal bests and placed 7th overall. This placement put us in the wildcard slot and after some suspense we obtained our ticket to nationals. With only a two-week gap between Regionals and Nationals, our skiers put in the hard work at Grand River. Our adventure in Louisiana ended with the MSU Waterski Team bringing home many memories, including a team overall finish of 5th in the nation for Division II! 

This time of the year means Nancy the Nautique, course, and equipment are tucked away with care. While we wait for the warmth of spring, visions of next season dance in our heads. To make next season better than ever we are searching for new jump skis and in the process of upgrading from our beautiful Ski Nautique. Any support in our journey of finding a new boat would be appreciated. We appreciate all the help and donations that previously helped us to achieve our dream of owning our own boat. As the holiday season approaches, there is no better time to say “Thank You.” Words can’t express how much your ongoing support means to the team. Without your support we would not be able to compete in the sport we love. It aids in purchasing and maintaining crucial equipment for many years to come. More importantly, the donations allow for learning experiences and the opportunity to build lifelong friendships.   

If you would like to donate, please write checks out to “MSU Waterski Team” or venmo @msu-waterski. Any donations are greatly appreciated, as well as any equipment donations. (Any equipment is able to be picked up, please contact the team for arrangements via email: msuwaterski@gmail.com.) The MSU Waterski Team cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support. Please check out the team Instagram, Facebook, or website for pictures, tournament schedules, merchandise, and information on upcoming events. Wishing you and your family all the warmth and magic this Holiday Season has to offer!

Warm Regards,

MSU Waterski Team

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