UCO Wakeboard club takes third at nationals

Logan Hoover, Club President of UCO Wakeboarding, competes at the Collegiate Cable National Championships in New Braunfels, Tex. on September 21. The UCO Wakeboarding Club finished third overall.

Logan Hoover, Club President of UCO Wakeboarding, competes at the Collegiate Cable National Championships in New Braunfels, Tex. on September 21. The UCO Wakeboarding Club finished third overall.

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – With not even a full year under its belt, the University of Central Oklahoma Wakeboard Club is already excelling at the national level.

The group, which has been recognized as a UCO competitive sport club for only five months, recently placed third overall at the Collegiate Cable National Championships, hosted by Empire Wake at the Texas Ski Club in New Braunfels, Texas.

The club was one of over 30 teams in the competition. UCO took six competitors, most of who competed in the advanced or open division.

“To be able to place third in the nation after only five months is outstanding,” said Logan Hoover, club president.

“We’re all amazed at how well we did. We beat out some teams that have had established wakeboard clubs for many years. We’re all just like a family and we push each other to be better while riding. It’s really special.”

Taylor Kress, team member of UCO Wakeboarding, competes at the Collegiate Cable National Championships in New Braunfels, Tex. on September 21. The UCO Wakeboarding Club finished third overall.

Taylor Kress, team member of UCO Wakeboarding, competes at the Collegiate Cable National Championships in New Braunfels, Tex. on September 21. The UCO Wakeboarding Club finished third overall.

Hoover (advanced), Caden Hardin (advanced), Michael Long (intermediate), Trey Romine (open), Taylor Kress (open) and Austin Zalinski (open) all competed for UCO, helping the club to beat out the University of Central Florida and the University of Texas for a third place finish.

The club qualified for the national championship by placing sixth at a qualifying competition in Waco, Texas last April, and will try to do so again in November, when they return for 2014 qualifying.

“We are really excited about the future,” Hoover said. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without the help of the UCO Competitive Sport Clubs program. They’ve been amazing and we can’t thank them enough.”

For more information on the UCO Wakeboard Club or UCO Sport Clubs, contact Jeff Boyland, assistant director of recreation services, UCO Wellness Center, by visiting their website.