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Did You Know...

... that Black Cat has a travel agenda this year?

    Black Cat lineup in 2005
posted Apr 19th, 2013 - The Open Class competition at the USPA Nationals 2011 had three teams registered as guests. Black Cat, the visitors from Russia, were also one of the busiest competition teams of the 2011 season after attending a total of six meets.

The Black Cat travel agenda of 2011 was almost like a complete trip around the globe with stops in Dubai (January), Eloy (February), DeLand (March), on home turf in Russia (April, September) and back in Eloy for the USPA Nationals at the end of October. Black Cat is also one of the longest standing teams in the 4way world, and some team members go back as far as 2004 in 4way and even farther back in 8way.

The team name Black Cat appeared on the leaderboard for the first time in 2005 and has been a factor in the international 4way community ever since, even though the Sky Panthers have been dominating the 4way scene in Russia in the same time period.

USPA Nationals 2011 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA/Open Class M,5,13 21,14,22 12,20,D 11,Q,16 O,C,10,K P,L,19,8 18,6,2 15,9,G 7,F,17 A,B,N,J,3 Total Avg
6 Throw Down 18 14 14 18 22 21 17 19 22 25 190 19.0
7 Russia Black Cat 19 15 16 19 20 18 15 19 16 26 183 18.3
14 Animal Unleashed 14 11 12 11 15 16 11 15 18 21 144 14.4

Black Cat at the USPA Nationals 2011    
Three Black Cat members of 2006 (Vasily Korotkov, Alexander Kvochur, Evegeny Stashenko) scored the 44-pointer world record for a single round at the Malevsky Cup 2006 and are still in the current lineup, as well. Aleksander Golovkin was the alternate in 2006, while Alexey Minaev was the 4th for the world record. Vadim Niyazov was filming the 44-pointer in 2006 and is still on camera for Black Cat.

Vasily Korotkov, Alexander Kvochur and Evegeny Stashenko introduced new team member Valery Pripilyak at the Valentine's Meet 2011 and have been coaching him in 2011. The scoring progression has been consistent with the new 4way competitor (15.8 - 17.7 - 18.3) at the three meets with the new lineup (Valentines Meet , Shamrock Showdown, USPA Nationals).

Black Cat had re-activated Alexander Golovkin for the Russian Nationals 2011 hoping for a chance to beat the Sky Panthers with the highly experienced lineup. The 23.6 average was significantly higher than earlier in the 2011 season but not enough to win the national title over Sky Panthers. Valery Pripilyak was back in the lineup at the USPA Nationals and posted his highest meet average.

    Ari Perelman and Katie Woods at the iFLY Orlando FSL Tunnel Kicker in September
TAnimals Unleashed had only one guest competitor. Former Bodyflight Voluntas member Flemming Borup Andersen recently made the NSL News when he tried out for SDC Rhythm XP's open Center Inside slot. He was introduced by the NSL News on 16 December 2011. His team mate at the USPA Nationals, Samer Haija, had tried out for the Rhythm Tail slot in 2009.

TThrow Down was not eligible for official USPA rankings since former Satori member Katie Woods was in the lineup. The NSL News reported on 29 October 2011 that Katie Woods and Ari Perelman had put together a lineup for the USPA Nationals that would challenge Mass Defiance's 19.3 amateur record average. Genesis/PD Blue members Ian Bobo and Kyle Collins were in the rear piece for Throw Down, while Katie Woods (Point) and Ari Perelman (Center Outside) formed the front piece.

Throw Down came once again very close, just as close as Arizona Divewerkz was in 2008. However, the 19.0 average was also three points short of the standing record, and all four Mass Defiance members, who witnessed the new challenge live in Eloy, will keep the record for another year - or maybe even longer...

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