EL CENTRO, CA - Florida Southern College water ski finished third overall at the 2016 NCWSA National Championships at Imperial Lakes over the weekend. The Moccasins combined for 10,970 points as the men finished first (5,415) and the women took fourth (5,555).
UL-Monroe finished first overall with 11,260 points, edging out in-state rival UL-Lafayette, which finished with 11,135 points. The Mocs won the men's slalom and finished second in the tricks and third in jumps. The Florida Southern women took second in the slalom, fifth in the tricks and third in jumps.
The Moccasins had several individuals with strong performances over the weekend. Thibault Dailand finished third overall on the men's side with a first-place tie in the slalom and a third-place showing in the tricks. Dailand tied UL-Lafayette's Dane Mechler with 535 points in the slalom (4.00 buoys at 39.5 feet off).
Tanguy Dailland was fourth on the men's side with a third-place finish in the slalom, sixth-place showing in the tricks, and was tied for seventh in the jumps. The younger Dailland was just behind his brother, finishing with 520 points in the slalom (2.00 buoys at 39.5 feet off).
On the women's side, Allie Nicholson (2.00 buoys at 39.5 feet off) and Samantha Dumala (4.50 buoys at 38 feet off), finished first and second, respectively, in the slalom. Ellie Rae Horton took fifth in the jumps (130 feet) and was eighth in the tricks (2,620) to finish seventh among all female skiers, the highest placing for any Florida Southern women's competitor.
The Moccasins have finished in the top three at the NCWSA Nationals for four-straight years.