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Did You Know...

... that Hands Free had a promising start with new outside center Daniele Smythe?

Longest standing MWSL team: SDC Jetstream Tango XP 2018 lineup
posted May 29th, 2018 - The season opener of the Midwest Skydiving League had record participation last weekend at Skydive Chicago. It was the first time in the long history of the league that a total of nine teams attended the first meet of a new outdoor season.

SDC Rhythm XP's event organizers and coaches JaNette and Steve Lefkowitz and team mate Andrew Happick had teams in each of the four NSL categories, while the six teams in the AA Class helped to create the largest leaderboard of the weekend, together with five teams from the Northern Plains Skydiving League.

Four MWSL teams occupied the top positions before the first team from the Northern Plains, PIIA, took the 5th place. The Czech Republic did not have a AA Class team on the leaderboard and won the other three categories (AAA - A - RRR).

The AA Class winner is a new team, as six of the nine Midwest teams are. Only three teams had a scoring record in the NSL News archives before they competed last weekend at the MWSL season opener. SDC Jetstream Tango XP is the longest standing MWSL team, and the two teams behind SDC Rhevolution trained and competed last year, as well. DMS Freakz on Couches is in the team's third year.

NSL Meet Weekend May 26th, 2018
123456TotalAvg
RankAA ClassP,7,F18,19O,H,119,K,L2,1413,G,NTotalAvg
1SDC Rhevolution XPMWSL16  9  12  12  9  9  6711.2
2Hands FreeMWSL14  8  11  12  8  8  6110.2
3DMS Freakz on CouchesMWSL12  7  9  10  7  7  528.7
4RhocketsMWSL11  8  9  8  7  7  508.3
5PIIANPSL9  6  10  8  6  6  457.5
6Double EntendreMWSL11  2-37  6  6  6  386.3
7SDMW StormMWSL7  6  7  7  4  4  355.8
8French Toast MafiaNPSL10  7  0-16  4-14  315.2
94-LOCOSNPSL7  5  7  3  4  3  294.8
10Gippin' DoughnutsNPSL6  2  7  4  2  2-1233.8
113-Ring CircusNPSL5  2-16-12  2  1  183.0

Hands Free had a personnel change after the team's first appearance at USPA Nationals. Tim McKee, Ed Ganley and Brian Turk, all from Ohio and Michigan, connected with a new team member from their northern regions, while Emily Bombardi continues with her 4-way career in Florida.

USPA Advanced Class gold medals in 2016: SDMW NEXT
Hands Free were very fortunate with the team's new member, as Daniele Smythe is a very experienced and successful 4-way competitor.

She trained and competed with SDMW NEXT in 2016 and 2017 and won USPA's Advanced Class gold medals at the USPA Nationals 2016 with a 16.9 meet average, which tied the highest one in Advanced Class history by SDC Rhythm XP.

It was her first year with NEXT that turned out so perfectly, and the team decided to continue for another year.

NEXT lifted the meet average to 17.3 a year later in the AAA/Open Class at the national championships and did not make new plans for 2018. The NSL News met the team live for NSL Talk at their last competition together, and the video was posted on 24 September 2017.

USPA Nationals 2017
12345678910TotalAvg
RankAAA ClassO,4,9G,21,A,HN,D,J,14L,16,12K,19,6E,2,10P,11,1517,3,22F,7,1Q,5,M,20TotalAvg
1NMP PCH HayaBusa BE 31  33  28-223-125  23  23-122  31  31  27027.0
2Arizona Airspeed US 27  32  29  22  24  22  21-123  29  29  25825.8
3SDC Rhythm XP US 29  31  28-123  22  20-123  19  28-129  25225.2
4Golden Knights US 24  26-128  22  18-319  20  19-124  23  22322.3
5Airspeed Odyssey US 25-123-127-119  22  19  19  17  23-123  21721.7
6Defiance US 24  24  26  18  19  17-119  16-124  22-120920.9
7GKBC US 24  19-424  15-217-117  18  16  23  20-119319.3
8Dallas 350 US 18  23  24  16  16-116  16  11  22  19  18118.1
9ISR FireFlash BE 21  22  19-114-217  16-114-216  20  19-117817.8
10SDMW NEXT XP US 15-325  17-317  15-216  16  15  23  14  17317.3
11Spaceland Lite US 19  22  19  12-217  14  13-18-219  17-116016.0
12Phoenix XP US 16-118  19  13  13-113-114  14  15-217  15215.2
13Long Shot US 16-114-115-213-113-114  12-212  16-117  14214.2
14Arizona Alpha US 17  17  11-312-114  13-112  13  17  12-213813.8
15Perris Quicksilver US 15  17  12-311  11-113  12  10-116  13  13013.0

NEXT tail Chris Haslam joined Ranch 2nd Generation for the 2018 season, as the NSL News reported on 1 December 2017. Daniele Smythe scaled down her efforts after two very intensive years with NEXT and connected with the three Hands Full/Hands Free members.

Hands Full at the USPA Nationals 2017
image by: USPA/Omniskore
She switched from point to her former B-slot, and Ed Ganley moved from outside center to the point slot where he replaced Emily Bombardi. Tim McKee (inside center) and Brian Turk (tail) came back in their familiar slots.

Hands Free met a few times for indoor training, and Round 1 last weekend at the MWSL season opener was also the team's first outdoor jump from the Twin Otter in Ottawa.

The 10.2 average was a very promising start into the 2018 season, after the 8.0 finish at the USPA Nationals last year.

For the exits and the first formation of each sequence, Hands Free follow one of the experiences that Daniele Smythe brought to the team. SDMW NEXT won the AAA/Advanced Class gold medals in 2016 with the Bow (H) as the standard exit formation.

Last and not least at all, Hands Free videographer Adam Elkin knew how to film a Bow. He was the NEXT videographer in 2016 and 2017 and is now in charge of keeping all scoring formations in frame for SDC Rhythm XP...

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