BLAINE, Wash. - Florida Southern water skier Lauren Morgan took home an event win at last weekend's 2016 Collegiate All-Stars Water Ski Championships hosted by Western Washington University and held at Borderline Lake.
The 2016 Collegiate All-Stars Water Ski Championships was held on May 14-16 and included the top-10 men and top-10 women from each of the National Collegiate Water Ski Association's four regions vying for the coveted regional team title and individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.
Morgan, who was a senior last season for the Moccasins and is a native of Odessa, Fla., won the women's slalom event after recording 5.00 buoys at 35 feet off. Morgan was competing for the Eastern Region All-Stars at the event.
At last season's NCWSA National Championships in Cypress, Texas, Morgan was the national champion women's jumps and is currently the NCWSA record holder in the jumps after recording a leap of 157 feet during the 2011 NCWSA National Championships in Zachary, La.
Thanks to her performance at the Collegiate All-Stars Water Ski Championships, Morgan earned a spot on the U.S. World University Water Ski Team that will compete at the 2016 International University Sports Federation World University Water Ski Championships on Sept. 6-11 in Akita, Japan.
In addition to Morgan's first place in the slalom, Moccasin junior Ellie Rae Horton (Moorpark, Calif.) placed second in the tricks, fourth in the jumps and 10th in the slalom (1.50 buoys at 28 feet off) for the Eastern Region All-Stars.
Horton was named as an alternate on the U.S. World University Water Ski Team that will compete in September at the 2016 International University Sports Federation World University Water Ski Championships in Akita, Japan thanks to her performance at the Collegiate All-Stars Water Ski Championships.
Horton recorded a score of 3,430 in the tricks competition to finish second behind Rollins' Erika Lang, who recorded a score of 5,760 and in the jumps, Horton recorded a jump of 122 feet to finish fourth. The champion in the jumps was Brittany Greenwood (Louisiana-Lafayette), who recorded a jump of a 128 feet for the South Central All-Stars.
With their performances, Morgan and Horton helped lead the Eastern All-Stars to a second place finish in the women's team competition as the Eastern All-Stars tallied 3,170 points. The Midwest Region All-Stars won the women's team competition with 4,235 points.
In the women's overall competition, Horton finished second overall behind Greenwood as along with winning the jumps competition, Greenwood placed fifth in tricks and eighth in the slalom.
Meanwhile, the Moccasin men's team was represented at the event by senior Luke Lockwood (Jacksonville, Fla.), who competed with the Eastern All-Stars.
Lockwood finished second overall in the slalom and was 27th in the tricks. In the slalom, Lockwood recorded 2.00 buoys at 38 feet off to finish just behind Louisiana-Lafayette's Dane Melcher (South Central All-Stars), who recorded 1.50 buoys at 39.5 feet off, while in the tricks, Lockwood recorded a score of 490. University of Alabama's Santiago Varas, who was a member of the Eastern All-Stars, won the tricks competition with a score of 4,100.
On the men's side, the Eastern All-Stars finished third overall with 4,040 points. The Western Region All-Stars took home the men's team competition title with 4,775 points.
At this year's Collegiate All-Stars Water Ski Championships, the Midwest Region was the overall team champion for the third consecutive season as they scored a total of 8,895 point to outdistance the Western Region All-Stars by 1,210 points. The Eastern Region All-Stars were third overall with 7,210 points.
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