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The story on 7 December 2016 featured the team comprehensively after the 2nd place at the USPA Nationals 2016 in the AAA/Advanced Class. The same story mentioned that 2nd Generation has made plans for the 2017 season, and the first team scores of the new year were posted yesterday at SkyVenture New Hampshire's Indoor Skyfest, organized once again by original Mass Defiance member Ben Liston.
The Sun Path Products NSL News commented in the previous 2nd Generation story that the team plans for 2017 are not good news for all other Advanced Class teams in the U.S.A. It turns out that the young team launched the new competition season with another very strong statement, a 21.7 average after the ten indoor rounds.
New Hampshire 2017
|1||Ranch 2nd Generation||24||19||28||23||17||17||20||22||21||26||217||21.7|
The 2nd Generation scores indicate very early that the team may have a new record average for USPA's Advanced Class winner in the works. SDC Rhythm XP's 16.9 average in 2008 and SDMW NEXT's 16.9 last year are the standing top averages in this category.
In fact, Ranch 2nd Generation could even end up on the scoring and performance level where the best unofficial U.S. amateur teams finish in USPA's 4-way Open Class. SDMW NEXT won the Advanced Class last year with a meet average that would have been the 7th place in the Open Class. 2nd Generation was already tied in 10th place on the combined leaderboard with a 15.0 average in October 2016, despite a Bow (H) standard exit.
2nd Generation came back to SkyVenture New Hampshire after a 24.0 average in January 2016. Terry Seaworth had filled in for Christopher Kuhlmann, and last year's lineup had signed up for the A Class competition. The complete lineup now skipped the AA Class and took on the AAA Class sequences, which include challenging blocks for a 12-foot flying chamber.
The complete lineup posted their first scores at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship in March 2016, a 20.5 average in the AA Class. Less than a year later, they have a 21.7 average in the AAA Class in the team records, which explains why 2nd Generation is still no good news for other Advanced Class teams this year...