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There was not much "amateur" competition for DNR last year. Paraclete XP4 had VFS 4way expert Will Pesek in the lineup, and Carolina Turbo XP was still a weekend team on a lower experience level. DNR was actually looking at the bronze medal position and challenged the Golden Knights throughout the whole meet.
The new 20.7 record average by DNR is still standing, but the situation at the USPA Nationals 2013 was very different.
|USPA Nationals 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|Rank||4way Open Class||3,B,K,H||F,7,22||O,4,D,13||A,M,11,8||N,P,G,19||L,20,1||5,16,J||6,21,12||18,17,10||E,C,Q,15||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||30||28||24||23||34||22||28||19||20||37||265||26.5|
|2||SDC Rhythm XP (US)||30||24||23||24||25||21||25||17||19||30||238||23.8|
|3||Golden Knights (US)||23||22||20||22||24||17||21||16||17||26||208||20.8|
However, two teams were aiming at the same goal that DNR accomplished last year. The new "amateur" benchmark is the 20.7 average of 2012, possibly with a battle for the USPA bronze medals. Arizona Prime and a different DNR lineup came to Skydive Chicago knowing that there would be a tough competition.
The numbers are showing that even the bronze medals would be in reach with the same performance that DNR delivered last year. The 20.7 average would have won the bronze medals at the USPA Nationals 2013. In fact, at least Arizona Prime had the potential to get there. However, the penalty damage (-13) was too big to get close to Paraclete XP4 and Golden Knights.
|USPA Nationals 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||38||28||22||26||33||23||25||20||19||21||255||25.5|
|G||SDC Rhythm XP (US)||33||24||18||26||29||21||21||18||18||19||227||22.7|
|2||Paraclete XP4 (US)||28||21||19||23||27||20||17||18||15||17||205||20.5|
|3||Golden Knights (US)||26||22||17||22||28||15||21||17||16||17||201||20.1|
|4||Carolina Turbo XP (US)||26||19||19||22||24||18||19||17||16||17||197||19.7|
|5||Arizona Prime (US)||28(-2)||22||13(-5)||22(-2)||26(-1)||18||16(-3)||17||15||16||193||19.3|
Nick Grillet, Ari Perelman and Don Burnette then competed for USA CAN at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2013. Shannon Pilcher is a former 4way world champion of 2006 with DeLand Fire.
Arizona Prime had a few outdoor and indoor training camps this year but no competition experience with the complete lineup. The biggest part of the heavy damage happened in the earlier rounds of the meet. AZ Prime joined the scoring battle for bronze medals as soon as the judges began to like what they saw.
The DNR lineup was slightly different than in 2012. John Silva replaced Steve Johnson, while even team videographer Pat Walker was back for DNR. Three original Mass Defiance members were back together with Jim "Malibu" Klinge, and the 4th MD member, Jim Rees, was once again in the judging room.
This year's DNR average of 18.2 was lower than the Mass Defiance 19.3 of 2007. However, Ben Liston and Brian Stephens still continue to own the highest US "amateur" average, first 19.3 of 2007 and then 20.7 of 2012. Arizona Prime will have to try again in 2014, and the best US "amateur" teams are closing in on the world's top teams, SportLoto and Thunder...