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Did You Know...

... that the Northwest Skydiving League is back on top of the Indoor Cloud League leaderboard?

Northwest Skydiving League group at iFLY Seattle in 2012
posted May 5th, 2014 - The Indoor Cloud League competition began as a duel between the Florida Skydiving League at iFLY Orlando and the Northwest Skydiving League at iFLY Seattle. Both groups continued to dominate the leaderboards while other groups joined the project month by month.

In fact, no other Indoor Cloud League group ever won the 1st or 2nd place since July 2012 until Jan Klapka's Czech Skydiving League group at the Skydive Arena changed that situation dramatically. The Czech group joined the Indoor Cloud League in July 2013 and moved up from last place to three 3rd place finishes and eventually to the top position in January 2014.

Jan Klapka then followed up with two more first places in February and March this year. He did not post any scores for the Rookie A Class sequence this month, and the Hurricane Factory Chicks have grown out of the Indoor Cloud League eligibility for any of the Rookie Class sequences. This offered a new opportunity for the two original iFLY groups in Orlando and Seattle, and both took advantage of it.

April 2014AAA ClassAA ClassA ClassRookie AAARookie AARookie ATotal
1iFLY Seattle (US)142218212424123
2iFLY Orlando (US)152019222019115
3Skydive Arena (CZ)1822262013-99
4iFLY Dallas (US)15141114181789
Florida Skydiving League group at iFLY Orlando in 2012
The HF Chicks still provided the highscore in the A Class for the Skydive Arena, however, the level in the other categories is more even now. It would have been a closer call than in February and March, even if the Czech group had a score for the Rookie A Class sequence.

The situation on the top of the ICL leaderboard in April was back to the beginnings of the Indoor Cloud League and the duel between iFLY Orlando and iFLY Seattle, even though the Northern California Skydiving League group at iFLY SF Bay has not submitted April scores and videos yet.

The scores in the traditional competition categories (AAA - AA - A - Rookie) were all very close, with a 1-point advantage for Florida over Northwest. The Rookie Class scores in the categories for the beginners in the sport created the 8-point difference for April.

Northwest coaches at iFLY Seattle
Babs Selig and Sue Stangl, guided by player coaches Deb Correia and Jeff Smith, turned iFLY Orlando's 1-point advantage into the 8-point victory for iFLY Seattle with 24-pointers in the Rookie A and Rookie AA Class sequences.

Denis Pershakov, Djordje Mandaric and Bill Selig, with player coach Dave Correia, lost by one point to Florida's Rookie AAA Class lineup. The Northwest coaches (Carolyn Chow, Dave Correia, Deb Correia, Jeff Smith) and the A Class lineup (Monica Aikins, Matthias Kaminski, Bill Selig, with player coach Deb Correia) both lost by one single point, as well, while NWSL team Synergy (Helen Ursachi, Andrew Marenich, Dmitry Rudchenko, Andrey Ulanov) outscored Florida in the AA Class by two points.

The Northwest Skydiving League group is back on the top, as it was in several months of the earlier Indoor Cloud League days - at least for now...

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