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The NSL News has followed the progression of the young team since the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2016 where the story began with a live interview after the 1st place in the AA/Intermediate Class.
R2G continued with training of the complete FAI/IPC dive pool and completed the 2016 season with AAA/Advanced Class silver medals at the USPA Nationals, 19 points behind SDMW NEXT (169 - 150).
R2G fans know that there was a lineup change at the end of the 2017 season, as the NSL News reported on 1 December 2017.
Paraclete XP Summer Classic 2018
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Former SDMW NEXT tail Chris Haslam replaced Brenn Richards in the same slot. Brenn Richards had decided to focus on her college education, and SDMW NEXT had no plans to continue in 2018 after competing in the AAA/Open Class at the USPA Nationals 2017.
The 10-round meet at Skydive Paraclete was also the first outdoor competition for the new lineup, and the previous 2018 outdoor training had not been favored by the weather at the home drop zone, the Blue Sky Ranch in New York State.
In fact, the two scheduled training weekends after the early winter/spring camp in Eloy were completely weathered out. R2G had completed a total of approx. 160 jumps before Round 1 at the Paraclete XP Summer Classic.
Especially the new rear piece needed air time to find the R2G style, while the front piece was unchanged. Additional 14 hours of tunnel time were helpful for this purpose. However, exits and the first sub-terminal page cannot be trained in a wind tunnel chamber, even though this is the most important part of a 4-way competition round.
USPA Nationals 2017
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Coach Niklas Hemlin and team speaker Michelle Karamon were both happy with the R2G performance in Raeford, as they confirmed during the NSL Live Talk on 22 June 2018. The NSL News mentioned earlier that a 20+ average this year would not be a big surprise, and the 19.0 average four months before the USPA Nationals 2018 is well on track to the new benchmark and team goal.
A 20+ average would seriously challenge the unofficial amateur record average in the United States and in the world. DNR (20.7) and Mass Defiance (20.9) are the only U.S. amateur teams with meet averages above the 20-average level. The 2017 Defiance lineup (Nick Grillet, James Klinge, Ben Liston, Brian Stephens, Patrick Walker on camera) placed 6th at the USPA Nationals 2017 with a 20.9 average.
R2G's first USPA Nationals in the 4-way Open Class will definitely produce a new record number for a reigning USPA Advanced Class champion at the first national championship in this category. The only question mark is behind the number...