Ski-ter turned Spartan headed to championships

EAST LANSING – Kristin Unger and the Michigan State University Water Ski Team have qualified for this week’s Collegiate Water Ski National Championships.

Unger, a 2010 Kingsford High School graduate, serves as women’s team captain.

“Our hard work and dedication is paying off,” said Unger, noting the Spartans reached the nationals for the first time in 10 years. “I am so proud of our accomplishments.

“I could not ask for a more amazing end to my collegiate waterski career.”

Unger, a former member of the Badwater Ski-Ters, has participated with the MSU squad for four years. The daughter of Lori and Al Unger is a senior majoring in kinesiology-cardiac rehabilitation.

Michigan State’s team consists of 35 members, with Unger and 13 others headed to El Centro, Calif., for the nationals. The competition is comprised of three individual events – slalom, trick, and jump. She competes in all three.

The Spartans topped 15 other schools in the Great Lakes Conference meet in Van Wert, Ohio. MSU reached the nationals with a fourth-place finish in the 32-team Midwest Regional at Decatur, Ill.

Twenty-two squads comprise the 35th national event at Imperial Lakes. Other Division 1 teams competing are Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Florida Southern, Grand Valley State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Miami of Ohio, Michigan State, Rollins and Wisconsin. Ten additional teams are competing in Division 2.