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The outcome of XP4's ten 4way rounds had two sides. The team members were not overly happy with the actual performance, while this XP4 lineup won the first 4way medals for Paraclete. Former Airspeed 4way and 8way world champion Kirk Verner said that his team had way too many point deductions and other flaws to be really happy.
The higher expectations were not surprising, as XP4 had a very strong lineup this year, with reigning 4way world champion Josh Hall in the Center Outside slot and reigning 8way world champion Brian "BK" Krause as the Tail in the rear piece. However, the USPA silver medals behind Arizona Airspeed are a fact, and guest team SDC Rhythm XP in 2nd place would have still brought the 3rd place as the best placement in the XP4 history.
|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|
|Rank||4way Open Class||G,9,C,P||F,5,15||1,E,8||4,M,7||H,N,B,O,3||14,20,L||Q,K,12,17||11,16,19||10,A,18||2,22,D||Total||Avg|
|G||SDC Rhythm XP||33||24||18(-3)||26||29(-2)||21||21||18||18||19||227(-5)||22.7|
|4||Carolina Turbo XP||26(-3)||19||19||22||24(-3)||18||19(-1)||17||16||17||197(-7)||19.7|
The original 4way lineup started with a 12.9 average in 2007 and finished with a 16.1 average a year later at the USPA Nationals. The Paraclete 8way lineup had placed only 4th in 2008, and the 2009 season was dedicated to only 8way training and competition. The USPA 8way bronze medals came back to Paraclete at the end of the XP8 2008 season.
Paraclete XP4 resumed 4way action in 2010. Tim D'Annunzio had stepped back, and John D'Annunzio continued for two years with Kirk Verner, Andy Honigbaum and John Eagle. The new XP4 lineup placed 4th with a 21.2 average in 2010 and 5th with 20.8 in 2011.
|World Challenge 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||40||37||25||28||28||25||37||25||42||20||307||30.7|
|3||Gavroches Maubeuge (FR)||34||35||23||22||24||22||33||24||34||19||270||27.0|
|4||Paraclete XP4 (US)||34||34||23||22||22||23||31||22||38||20||269||26.9|
|8||SDC Rhythm XP (US)||33||33||19||19||22||21||23||22||36||18||246||24.6|
The new XP4 lineup for the 2013 season was more serious with training and competition and had a great start with the 26.9 average at the World Challenge 2013. The new SDC Rhythm XP lineup could not even stay close to XP4, and the new Airspeed lineup might have had difficulties to beat XP4 in Bedford.
The results for those two teams at both events explain why the XP4 members were not quite satisfied, despite winning the first USPA 4way medals for Paraclete. Rhythm had a great performance at the USPA Nationals and outscored XP4 by a significant margin. However, the 4way silver medals and the 5th consecutive 8way medals will be in the record books, and it will not matter how they made it to the Paraclete headquarters in Raeford...