Tars Water Ski Fourth at National Championships

The Tars post their best performance at Nationals in five years competing in Division I

(Photo by Jim Hogue) (Photo by Jim Hogue) Led by a strong slalom performance, Rollins water ski finished fourth at the NCWSA National Championship over the weekend.

The Tars finished one-place higher than a year ago and posted their best performance at Nationals in five years competing in Division I. Rollins was fifth last season, sixth in 2011, fifth in 2010 and ninth in 2009.

Louisiana Monroe won its third straight national championship, totaling 12,885 points. Louisiana Monroe was second (12,610) and Alabama third (10,330).

Rollins earned 9,925 points, more than 1000 better than its score in 2012. Tars rival Florida Southern (9,045) finished fifth.

Chantal Singer led the Rollins women to a third-place finish, taking ninth in the individual overall competition. The freshman was at her best in tricks, taking third place with a score of 330. She tied for ninth in slalom, getting two buoys at 35’ off, and took 25th in jumps with a distance of 51 feet.

Gabriella Viljoen tied for second in slalom and finished 12th overall. She was one of four skiers to clear three buoys at 35 feet off, earned 420 points in tricks to finish 18th, and jumped 46 feet for a 28th place finish.

Jennifer Tee added a 21st place finish and Haley Haines was 26th in the individual standings. Tee was Rollins’ top jumper, clearing a distance of 53 feet and taking 24th with Haines distance of 43 feet placing 35th.

Drew Phillips led the Tars men, tying for sixth place in the overall competition. The Eastern Regional champion led Rollins in jumps, clearing 165 feet and placing sixth. In slalom, Phillips cleared five buoys at 35 feet off to finish 18th and was also 10th in tricks with 500 points.

Daniel Carter finished 12th overall for Rollins. He jumped 139 feet to finish 16th, scored 1.5 buoys at 35 feet off in slalom in a 23rd place finish, and was 19th in tricks 410 points. Tommy Wiley gave the Tars three top-20 finishers, taking 15th. He was 28th in slalom, tied for 21st in tricks and tied for 31st in jumps.

Samuel Jackson led the Tars in slalom, clearing 4.5 buoys at 38 feet off and tying for eighth. Thomas Shugart tied with Wiley for 21st place in tricks and Matthew Bengtson finished 21st in jumps with a distance of 104 feet.

The NCWSA National Championship concludes the Tars fall championship season.