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Ranch 2nd Generation (R2G) mastered the two slower rounds on Sunday morning better than all other AAA Class teams and finished with a 19.0 average, which is significantly higher than last year's winning average (16.4) in the AAA/Advanced Class competition of the USPA Nationals.
Savage XP translated their own 19.9 indoor average at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2018 into an impressive 17.3 at the team's first outdoor competition.
Team member Jeana Billings was Jimmy Xu's 2015 team mate with Southern Mix at the May meet of the Southern Skydiving League 2015. Last year's Southern Mix lineup finished 8th with a 10.9 average in the AA/Intermediate Class competition at the USPA Nationals. Nine months later, Jeana Billings posted the 17.3 outdoor average with Savage XP on last weekend's AAA Class leaderboard. Former team mate Jimmy Xu has continued his own 4-way career with Arizona FM and SCZ ZEUS.
Paraclete XP Summer Classic 2018
|2||Ranch 2nd Generation||US||23||-1||16||-2||19||20||-1||18||19||19||19||20||17||190||19.0|
Both former Southern Mix team members have been advancing their 4-way progression with player coaches in the lineup. Paraclete XP's John D'Annunzio was guiding Southern Mix as a player coach in 2015 and 2016, and Savage XP has Kirk Verner in the lineup.
Vega XP moved up into the AAA Class competition after winning the AA/Intermediate Class gold medals at the USPA Nationals, the same event where Jeana Billings posted AA scores with the Southern Mix 2017 all-female lineup.
However, Vega XP continued with the same lineup that won in Perris last year, and all new AAA Class competitors met for the first time at the Paraclete XP indoor meet in February 2018. Vega XP started the AAA Class journey with a 16.2 indoor average, while Jeana Billings was back with a new lineup and player-coach Kirk Verner.
Savage XP extended the distance to Vega XP at the outdoor competition with direct access to the vast 4-way experiences of the former Airspeed 4-way and 8-way world champion Kirk Verner.
Paraclete XP Indoor 2018
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|3||Golden Knights Gold||US||36||24||35||27||22||22||25||23||23||35||-||272||27.2|
|4||Ranch 2nd Generation||US||34||22||30||24||21||20||29||23||20||34||-||257||25.7|
|7||Parachute Montreal Fuzion||CA||30||19||22||21||15||18||22||18||18||29||17||212||21.2|
|11||Golden Knights Black||US||26||18||24||19||17||14||20||17||15||27||-||197||19.7|
The NSL News mentioned earlier that the 12.9 average is a very promising AAA Class outdoor start for Vega XP and close to a position of medal contention in USPA's Advanced Class competition at the national championships. Reigning Advanced Class champion Ranch 2nd Generation will compete in the Open Class.
The AAA Class video of the Paraclete XP Summer Classic also features the Adventure Flyers from Paraguay in Round 2. They have attended four meets in the United States since the Shamrock Showdown in March 2017 and improved the meet average each time. Coach Solly Williams was in the inside center slot in Raeford and supported the 12.6 average after eight rounds.