ZACHARY, Louisiana - For the second consecutive season, Florida Southern finished third at this year's National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA) Championships held here at TriLakes Water Ski Water Ski Facility. The men's and women's scores are combined together to determine the final point standings.
The Moccasins, who entered the national meet ranked No. 1 in the nation, suffered a blow prior to the beginning of the three-day event when men's team member and Eastern Regional Champion Thibault Dailand (Orthez, France) suffered an injury that forced him to sit out of nationals. Dailand was expected to finish near the top in all three events for the men's team.
In this year's final team standings, the Mocs scored 10,865 points to finish 720 points behind second place finisher Louisiana-Lafayette (11,585 points) and 465 points in front of its Eastern Regional rival, Alabama (10,400 points). Louisiana-Monroe claimed its second straight and 24th overall national title as the Warhawks scored a combined 12,475 points over the three-day event.
In the women's team competition, the Mocs repeated as champion as they scored 5,940 points, while FSC finished in fourth place in the men's team competition with 4,925 in the 12-team Division I field. The Mocs outdistanced ULM (5,840 points) by a mere 100 points to repeat as the women's champion, while ULM scored 6,635 points to win the men's field. ULL (6,120 points) and Alabama (5,335) were a distant second and third.
Individually, senior Manon Costard (Marseille, France) was the women's overall champion as she scored a total of 1,660 points after finishing second in the slalom, fifth in jumping and she won the tricks competition on Saturday with a score of 3,390, while on the men's side, freshman K.C. Wilson (Winter Park, Fla.) finished tied for sixth in the men's overall competition as he scored 1,375 poins after claiming the title in the slalom on Thursday, he finished 14th in the trick competition and 25th in jumping on Saturday's final day. The other Moc to claim an individual event title was Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), who won the women's jump competition on Friday.
In Saturday's final day of action, the women competed in the tricks competition and they finished second overall in the event with 1,940 points. ULM claimed first place in tricks with a scored of 2,090. In addition to Costard, Morgan finished in fifth place and junior Ali Lundy (Lino Lakes, Minn.) came in 12th place to pace the Mocs finish.
Meanwhile, on the men's side on Saturday, the Mocs finished fourth overall in the jumping competition as they scored 1,610 points to finish 645 points behind the jumps champion, ULM (2,255 points). ULL (2,125 points) and Alabama were second and third in the event. The top finisher for the Mocs in jumping was senior Mario Mustafa (Lima, Peru), who had a top jump of 139 feet to finish in 18th place, while senior Kyle Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill.) recorded a jump of 135 feet to finish 19th and sophomore Hank Evatt (Indian Lake, N.Y.) jumped 133 feet to finish in 20th place. ULM took the top two spots as Martin Kolman was the jump champion as he leapt 176 feet, while Siarhei Bushyn was second with a jump of 175 feet.
Complete results of 2012 NCWSA National Championships