Sac State wakeboard club rides to a fourth-place finish in regional competition

State Hornet Staff

The Sacramento State wakeboard club rode its way into a fourth-place finish this weekend during the USA Western Regional Collegiate Wakeboard Contest it hosted for the first time in club history.

The WaterSports Farm turned Deep Water Lake into a 2-day, 11-school, 65-compeitor contest, which included full teams and individual riders from the West Coast.

“The WaterSports Farm was the perfect place for the event,” said Sac State wakeboard club President Drew Glickman. “We were blessed to have perfect weather all weekend with no wind, keeping the lake nice and glassy for everyone.”

Central Washington University secured its first-place finish with a dramatic lead with 370 points, followed by Arizona State in second place with 140. The reigning national champion Chico State took third place with 110 and Sac State came in close range with a fourth-place finish of 100 points.

“Everybody was just having a good time out here,” Glickman said. “It wasn’t just about the wakeboard competition, but hanging out with the teams and having fun.”

Sac State’s Cole Cattaneo clinched the first-place spot in the men’s D division as he rode along side with teammate Shane Austin, who placed third. Jen Barth also contributed to Sac State’s overall score with a bronze-medal performance in the women’s B division.

Freshman Nataly Conner put up a strong run in the women’s A division for a podium-finish of second place.

“I haven’t ridden much this year so if I had practiced more I could have been able to stomp my 360, but overall I was happy with the outcome of it,” said Sac State club Vice President Conner.

Skyler Fulster did his job as an individual rider from Sierra College as he won first place in the men’s A division. He said it was a relaxed environment, which made it easy.

“Today I was solo, but it feels good taking home the gold. It always does,” Fulster said. “(The best part) was just chilling. The environment (and) the vibe was great.”

Red Bull teamed up with Sac State to help sponsor the event and show support. Glickman said the weekend went great and the club’s sponsors, including Red Bull, Elevated Clothing, BoardWarrior and Supra Boats, helped add excitement to the event.

“Red bull made the event,” Glickman said. “They had drinks for everybody to keep energized. They also had the DJ monster truck, which made the event feel like it was a pro event and gave everything a little more energy all together.”

Glickman said his team is proud of its fourth place finish, but it is ready to start making improvements for the next contest.

“Next competition we’re just going to work on consistency and make sure everybody’s head is in the game,” Glickman said. “Other than that, just keep rolling with what we got.”

The Sac State wakeboard club will be back in action Oct. 27 as it heads to Chico for the next competition.

Jillian Kweller can be reached at [email protected]