GROVELAND, FL - Florida Southern College water ski placed third overall at the annual NCWSA East Regional over the weekend. The Moccasin men and women each finished third in their respective divisions, compiling a total of 5,325 points to finish behind East Region champion Alabama and runner-up Rollins. Individually, three Mocs finished first in their portions of the competition as Cole McCormick took first in the men's slalom while Samantha Dumala was the women's slalom champion and Valentina Gonzale won the women's jump.
The competition was the first of the season for the Moccasins, who were originally slated to face Rollins last month in an event that was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. The Mocs will advance to the NCWSA National Championships slated or Oct. 19-21 at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, AL. Florida Southern took third at last year's national championship.
McCormick, who finished third in the slalom at last year's East Regional, scored 310 points with four buoys at 39.5 off to finish 10 points ahead of Rollins' Dorien Llewellyn. FSC had seven other top-10 finishes on the men's side. Aris Techoueyres took third in the tricks and tied for third in the slalom, while Brett Walker finished fifth in the slalom. Austen Caffey and David Fulp finished seventh in the tricks and jump, respectively, and Ryan Harris took 10th in both events.
On the women's side, Dumala's first-place finish in the slalom came on the strength of a performance that saw her earn 300 points with three buoys at 39.5 off. Dumala, who was second in the slalom at least year's regional, also finished in a fifth-place tie in the trick category. Gonzalez recorded a jump of 39.7 meters (130 feet) to win the jump competition and also tied for ninth in the slalom.
The Moccasin women recorded four other top-10 finishes with Allie Nicholson and Kelley Breeden taking second and fifth (tie) in the slalom. Nicola Horwood and Samantha Stackpole finished seventh and eighth in the jump competition.