At the 39th Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 19-21, at Bennett’s Water Ski & Wakeboard School in Zachary, La., Jacksonville high school graduate Benjamin Leutz placed 4th in Men’s Division 1 Jump with a leap of 178 feet. Ben skies for the University of Alabama as a Freshman. In addition to his individual win in Jump, the Alabama ski team placed third. Alabama was 50 points from a 2nd place win and 285 points from a 1st place win. University of Louisiana-Monroe won and Louisiana-Lafayette came in 2nd.
The Division 1 field was comprised of: Alabama, Clemson, Florida Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rollins, San Diego State, Texas A&M, Western Washington and Wisconsin.