CYPRESS, Texas - After the first day of competition at the 2015 National Collegiate Water Ski Association National Championships here Thursday at the Lakes of Cypress Hill, top-ranked Florida Southern stands in second place overall with 3,740 points and is 250 points behind first place Louisiana-Lafeytte (3,990 points) and is 360 points in front of third place and Eastern Regional champion Alabama (3,380 points).
The combined team scores after the first day are incomplete as the fifth and final rotation of the men's slalom was not able to be completed due to darkness and will be completed on Friday following the completion of the men's tricks.
On Thursday, both the men's and women's teams in the Division I portion competed in the slalom. The NCWSA Nationals is divided into Division and Division II as FSC is one of 12 teams that qualified for the Division I Tournament this year.
The women's team led the charge for the Mocs on the first day after they finished second overall with 2,105 points and is 150 points back of women's day one leader, ULL, who scored 2,255 points on Thursday.
Leading the way for the Moccasin women was freshman Samantha Dumala (West Palm Beach, Fla.) as she placed second overall in the slalom with a score of 4.00 buoys at 38 feet off. Dumala, who was the No. 1 ranked women's skier in the slalom entering the NCWSA National Championships, finished behind ULL's Taryn Grant, who recorded 5.50 buoys at 38 feet off to claim the national championship.
In addition to Dumala, who tied an NCWSA record in the slalom earlier this season in a meet against Rollins, senior Ambre Franc (Paris, France), who is a two-time Eastern Region champion in the slalom, tied for fourth with a score of 1.50 buoys at 38 feet off, while senior Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Texas) was ninth with 4.00 buoys at 35 feet off and junior Lauren Harris (Nicholasville, Ky.) was 18th with a score of 1.50 buoys at 35 feet off.
Meanwhile, on the men's side, the Mocs scored a total of 1,635 points with one rotation left in the slalom. FSC is just 100 points behind ULL in the men's team scoring.
Leading the way for the Moccasin men in the slalom was senior Thibault Dailand (Orthez, France) as he recorded a top score after four rotations of 2.00 buoys at 41 feet off. Dailand entered the NCWSA National Championships ranked No. 2 in the slalom. Right behind Dailand was ULL's Dane Melcher as he recorded 3.50 buoys at 39.5 feet off.
In addition to Dailand, sophomore Cole McCormick (Dundee, Fla.) stands fourth in the slalom with a score of 4.00 buoys at 38 feet off, while junior Brett Walker (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is tied for ninth in the slalom with a score of 2.00 buoys at 38 feet off and junior Yiannis Nathanail (Voula, Greece) is tied for 17th in the slalom with a score of 1.50 buoys at 35 feet off.
The second day of the action Friday will consist of tricks and jumps for the teams as the women will compete in the jumps and the men will compete in the tricks and then complete the fifth and final rotation of the slalom. On Saturday's third and final day of the championships, the men will compete in the jumps and the women will compete in the tricks.