GROVELAND - Florida Southern's water ski teams opened its 2015 season here this past weekend by posting two victories over its longtime rival Rollins at Jack Travers' Sunset Lakes Complex.
In Saturday's meet, the Moccasin men outscored the Tars, 800-380, while the Moccasin women earned a 705-495 win over the Rollins women. In the combined team score, the Moccasins outscored the Tars, 1,505-875.
Leading the way for the Moccasin men was senior Thibault Dailand (Orthez, France) as he finished first in both the slalom and tricks competition. In the slalom, he recorded a score of 2.00 buoys at 41 feet off and in the tricks, he recorded a score of 6,720 to finish 900 points in front of runner-up Joshua Briant of Rollins.
In addition to Dailand, sophomore Cole McCormick (Dundee, Fla.) was the meet's overall men's winner as he scored a total of 230 points after taking winning the jumps competition, placing second in the slalom and third in the tricks competition. In the jumps, he recorded a leap of 147 feet to take home first place honors. He also scored 2.00 buoys at 39.5 feet off in the slalom to place second and scored 2,600 points in tricks to place third.
McCormick outdistanced Rollins' Briant in the men's overall competition by 40 points as Briant finished with 190 points after finishing fourth in the slalom (3.00 buoys at 38 feet off), second in tricks (5,820) and fourth in the jumps (134 feet).
Along with Dailand and McCormick, senior K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.), who is a two-time NCWSA National Champion in the slalom, placed third in the slalom with 1.50 buoys at 39.5 feet off and was fourth in tricks with 2,080 points, while junior Yiannis Nathanail (Voula, Greece) was fifth in the slalom (2.50 buoys at 38 feet off) and freshman Ryan Harris (Nicholasville, Ky.) finished fifth in the tricks (2,050 points) and was third in the jumps (135 feet). Sophomore David Fulp (Lexington, N.C.) was second in the jumps with a leap of 140 feet and junior Brett Walker (Saskatoon, Sask.) placed sixth in both the tricks (1,190) and jumps (123 feet).
Meanwhile, in the women's competition, Moccasin senior Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) was the women's overall winner as she was the only skier to compete in all three events. Morgan won the jumps competition (153 feet), was second in the slalom (2.50 buoys at 38 feet off) and sixth in the tricks (2,090 points). The Mocs other event winner was freshman Samantha Dumala (West Palm Beach, Fla.) as she tied an NCWSA national record in the women's slalom with a score of 3.00 buoys at 39.5 feet off. Dumala tied the record set by former Moccasin skier Manon Costard at the South Central Regionals on Oct. 4, 2014. Costard set the record while skiing for the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
In addition to Morgan and Dumala, other key performers for the Mocs in Saturday's meet was junior Ellie Rae Horton (Moorpark, Calif.), who was second in the jumps (128 feet) and third in the tricks (2,620) and freshman Nicola Horwood (Victoria, B.C.), who was fourth in both the tricks (2,480 points) and jumps (99 feet). Senior Evelyn Gielis (Belsele, Belgium) was third in the jumps (113 feet) and was seventh in the tricks (1,620 points) and junior Lauren Harris (Nicholasville, Ky.) tied for fifth in the slalom (2.00 buoys at 35 feet off) and was 10th in the tricks (200 points).
The top finisher for Rollins Erika Lang as she won the tricks competition with 4,920 points and was third in the slalom with 1.00 buoys at 38 feet off. Chantel Singer was the next highest finisher for the Tars as she place second in tricks (3,390 points) and fourth in the slalom (3.50 buoys at 35 feet off).
In Sunday's meet, the FSC men defeated Rollins, 770-390 and the FSC women claimed a 475-355 victory. In the combined team score, the Mocs posted a 1,245-745 win over the Tars.
On the men's side, McCormick was once again the top overall skier as he scored 210 points after placing second in the jumps (146 feet) and third in both the slalom (3.50 buoys at 38 feet off) and tricks (3,100 points). McCormick outpointed men's overall runner-up Briant of Rollins by 15 points as Briant won both the tricks (6,370) and jumps (165 feet) and tied for seventh in the slalom (4.00 buoys at 35 feet off).
In addition to McCormick, K.C. Wilson finished first in the slalom as he recorded 2.50 buoys at 41 feet off and was fifth in tricks (2,140 points), while senior Luke Lockwood (Jacksonville, Fla.) was fourth in the slalom (3.00 buoys at 38 feet off) and Harris placed fourth in both the tricks (2,740) and jumps (130 feet).
Other strong performances by the Moccasin men in Sunday's meet were turned in by Dailand as he placed second in both the slalom (1.50 buoys at 41 feet off) and tricks (6,170 points), Fulp, who was third in the jumps with a leap of 143 feet and Nathanail, who was fifth in the slalom with a score of 2.50 buoys at 38 feet off.
In fact, the Mocs placed 1-5 in the slalom on Sunday, finished 2, 3, 4 and 6 in the jumps and was 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the tricks competition.
Meanwhile, in the women's competition, the top performance of the meet was turned in by Morgan as she tied the NCWSA national record in the jumps with a leap of 157 feet. The jump tied the record Morgan set at the 2011 NCWSA National Championships in Zachary, La. Along with winning the jumps competition, Morgan placed fourth in tricks with a score of 2,090 points.
In addition to Morgan, the Mocs other event winner on Sunday was Dumala as she once again took home first place in the slalom with a score of 6.00 buoys at 38 feet off.
Rollins' Lang prevented a sweep of the event wins by the Mocs as she recorded a score of 4,760 to win the tricks competition. In fact, Rollins finished 1-2 in the tricks as Singer placed second overall with 3,390 points.
Other key performers for the Moccasin women were Gielis, who placed second in the jumps (108 feet) and was sixth in the tricks (1,730 points), Harris tied for third in the slalom (0.50 buoys at 38 feet off) and seventh in the tricks (820 points) and Horwood was third in both the tricks (2,630 points) and jumps (100 feet). Sophomore Kendall Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill.) was fourth in the jumps with a leap of 69 feet and junior Natasha Rottcher (Namibia, Africa) tied for fifth in the slalom with 1.00 buoys at 35 feet off.
The Mocs will return to action this coming weekend as they compete at the 2015 NCWSA Eastern Regionals in Greenwood, S.C. at Rodgers Farm Lake. The 2015 NCWSA National Championships are scheduled for Oct. 15-17 at the Lakes of Cypress Hill in Cypress, Texas.