LAKELAND - The latest edition of WaterSki magazine has come out and in the issue it previews the upcoming National Collegiate Water Ski season and the teams that have a chance to win a national title in 2015.
Florida Southern, who is led by first year head coach Curtis Rabe, is one of the teams mentioned that has the chance to dethrone Louisiana-Monroe as the NCWSA National Champion in 2015. Since the inception of the Collegiate Water Ski National Championships in 1979, ULM has won the national title 26 times in 36 tries, including four straight national titles.
The article states, "when the 37th Collegiate Water National Championships kicks off this October in Cypress, Texas, ULM will face tougher competition than ever, from perennial contenders like Louisiana-Lafayette and Rollins to upstarts like the University of Alabama and Florida Southern. Will the Warhawks leave the door open enough for one of these teams to capture the first title in in its own run of dominance? Time will tell."
When talking about the Moccasins, WaterSki magazine says that "skiing at Florida Southern has plenty of history. In fact, the small private school in Lakeland can stake a claim to having the first collegiate water ski team in the country. But the Moccasins' rise to competitive relevance began when Roger Skalko took over as coach eight years ago. Skalko parlayed Florida Southern's lakeside campus, year-round skiing, and proximity to some of the country's top ski schools into success on the recruiting trail. His teams recorded top-five finishes in each of the past four years, including a third-place finish in 2014."
The article went on to say that the Mocs, who are led by 2014 men's overall champion Thibault Dailand, look to claim the school's first national title in honor of Skalko, who passed away in February this year.
Along with previewing the championship team contenders, the article also lists notable alumni of each of the championship contending programs and their key returning skiiers in 2015.
The Moccasins' noteworthy alumni according to the article are Scot Ellis, Clementine Lucine, Marion Mathieu and Cory Pickos, while along with Dailand, some other key returners for the Mocs this coming season include junior Ellie Rae Horton (Moorpark, Calif.), sophomore Cole McCormick (Dundee, Fla.), senior Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) and senior K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.).
Wilson claimed back-to-back national titles in the slalom in 2012 and 2013, while Horton took home the national title in the tricks competition in 2013 and Morgan was the women's jumps national champion in 2012.
The Moccasin men's and women's water ski open its 2015 season by facing off against Rollins in back-to-back meets on Sept. 19 and 20 at Lake Mapple in Orlando. The NCWSA East Regional Championships are scheduled for Sept. 26-27 at Rodgers Farm Lake in Greenwood, S.C.
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