CYPRESS, Texas - Top-ranked Florida Southern closed out competition here Saturday at the 37th Annual Collegiate Water Ski Association National Championships at the Lakes of Cypress Hill by finishing second overall among 12 teams. The men's and women's team scores are combined together to determine the overall team score.
The second place finish by the Moccasins was its highest finish ever at the NCWSA National Championships in program history.
At this year's NCWSA National Championships, the Mocs scored a total of 11,965 points to finish 880 points behind Louisiana-Lafayette, who scored 12,845 points to capture its first national title since 2010 and its sixth all-time. Four-time defending national champion Louisiana-Monroe placed third with 11,375 points, while Alabama, who won this year's Eastern Regional title, was fourth with 11,265 points and Rollins was a distant fifth with 8,720 points.
In the men's team competition, the Mocs finished in second place as they scored a total of 6,000 points, while FSC finished second in the women's team competiton with 5,965 points in the 12-team Division I field.
On the men's side, ULL was the champion as they scored 6,325 points after placing first in the slalom, jumps and tricks and ULM was third with 5,935 points, while on the women's side, Louisiana-Lafayette took home the title as they scored a total of 6,520 points after winning all three events, including placing four skiers in the Top 12 of the tricks on Saturday's final day of the championships. Alabama was third with 5,695 points.
At this year's NCWSA National Championships, the Moccasin men were second in the slalom, third in tricks and fourth in the jumps and the Moccasin women were second in the slalom and third in both the jump and tricks.
Individually, senior Thibault Dailand (Orthez, France) was the men's overall top skier for the second consecutive year as he scored a total of 1,680 points after finishing second in the slalom, fifth in the tricks and fourth in the jumps. Rollins' Joshua Briant was second overall in the men's competition after winning the national title in the tricks, placing sixth in the jumps and tying for ninth in the slalom.
In the women's overall competition, senior Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed fifth overall as she scored a total of 1,550 points after winning the national title in the jumps, placing ninth in the slalom and 15th in the tricks. She was 125 points behind women's overall winner, Taryn Grant of ULL, who scored a total of 1,675 points after winning the national title in the slalom, placing third in the jumps and tying for eighth in the tricks.
In Saturday's final day of action, the men competed in the jumps as they finished fourth in the event with 1,800 points. ULL was the champion in the jumps by 10 points over Alabama as the Rajin' Cajuns scored 2,020 points and Alabama scored 2,010 points.
Dailand was the top Moccasin finisher in the jumps as he tied for fourth with a jump of 164 feet. He tied for fourth with ULM's Danylo Filchenko. ULL's Christopher Wharton took home the national title in the jumps with a leap of 171 feet, while Alabama's Santiago Varas was second with a leap of 170 feet and ULM's Alex King was third with a jump of 168 feet.
In addition to Dailand, sophomore Cole McCormick (Dundee, Fla.) was 12th with a jump of 143 feet, while sophomore David Fulp (Lexington, N.C.) was 15th with a jump of 136 feet, freshman Ryan Harris (Nicholasville, Ky.) was 21st with a 125 feet and sophomore Kevin Spicer (Olds, Alberta) was 23rd with a jump of 122 feet.
Meanwhile, on the women's side, the Mocs finished third in Saturday's final event - tricks. The Mocs scored 1,940 points in the final point. ULL was the champion in the tricks with 2,115 points and Alabama was second with 2,055 points.
The top Moccasin finisher in the tricks was junior Ellie Rae Horton (Moorpark, Calif.) as she recorded a score of 2,620 to finish in fifth place. Freshman Nicola Horwood (Victoria, British Columbia) placed 13th with a score of 1,930, while Morgan was 15th with a score of 1,740 and senior Evelyn Gielis (Belsele, Belgium) was 17th with a score of 1,620.
Rollins' Erika Lang took home the national champion in the tricks for the second consecutive year as she recorded a new NCWSA national record of 5,960 to outpace runner-up Elizabeth Montavon of Alabama, who recorded a score of 3,100. Lang bettered the old national record of 5,510 that she set at last year's National Championships.
Morgan was the only Moccasin skier to compete in all three events and qualify for the overall scoring at this year's national championships.