Syndicate Waterskis 2019 NCWSA Nationals | Thursday, October 10 – Saturday, October 12 | Bell Acqua Water Ski Lakes – Rio Linda, Calif.
The Tars, who have three National Collegiate Waterski Association championships in their trophy case, will west head to Rio Linda, California in search of number four. Rollins has taken fifth at the event for the last five years, and enter the competition ranked fifth in the country.
Rollins qualified with a third place finish in the Southern and Atlantic Coastal Regional in Greenwood, South Carolina. Both the Tars' men's and women's team finished third at the event, leading to the combined bronze performance. Alabama took first, while Florida Southern finished second. The Tars edged out hosts Clemson for third.
The NCWSA released their pre-nationals rankings, and selected the Tars as the fifth team in the country. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette occupies the top spot, entering the final competition; they are followed closely by fellow Southern and Atlantic Coastal squad Alabama in second. The University of Louisiana Monroe takes the third spot, while Florida Southern and Rollins round out the top-five.
Rafael De Osma, who competed for Peru in both the Pan-Am Games and the IWWF World Championships over the summer, led Rollins in the Tars head-to-head meet against Florida Southern to open their 2019 schedule, but did not compete in the regionals. Nathan Cherry led Rollins in the qualifying competition, taking fifth overall.
Natalia Cuglievan has yet to ski for the Tars this season, but picked a gold medal at the Pan-Am games this summer. Freshman Neilly Ross earned first place results in both slalom and tricks in her first collegiate event at Florida Southern, but also rested during the regional qualifier. Charlsey Newman won the jumps event against Florida Southern, and placed fifth in the overall competition at the Southern and Atlantic Coastal Regional.
- During last year's NCWSA National Championships Diego Font paced Rollins with an eighth place finish in slalom and an eighth place finish in tricks.
- Alejandra De Osma led the Tars women at last year's event, finishing fifth in the overall competition, while Emma Morgan earned 11th.
- The Tars won back-to-back Championships in 2002 and 2003.