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Did You Know...

... that the Intermediate Class competition is still running while Open and Advanced Class teams are in the air?

TSC Cadence after Round 10
posted Sep 10th, 2018 - The AA/Intermediate Class competition at the USPA Nationals 2018 had one of the most dramatic conclusions in the history of the event, and it is not over yet. Cali4nia Kids and Hands Free still have to break their tie after ten rounds with an extra round for the USPA bronze medals on Monday morning.

The battle for the gold medals was just as exciting, even without a jump-off. It actually took place between the winner, TSC Cadence, and silver medalist SDMW X. SDC Rhevolution XP, who finished one point behind TSC Cadence in 2nd place on the AA/Intermediate Class leaderboard, is not eligible for USPA medals.

TSC Cadence and SDMW X were tied in 1st place after Round 6. The next round created a disaster for SDMW X, after six deductions and a 4-pointer on the leaderboard. The first three points did not count due to the video angle, and additional infringements later on made the damage worse.

However, SDMW X seemed to have reasons for a re-jump, as the team had ended up in a different Twin Otter than scheduled for Round 7, which had a different handle for the videographer. Meet Director Jimmy Hayhurst sent the team back up for a re-jump, and the jury later confirmed the decision.

USPA Nationals 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank AA Class 15,7 A,E,Q,M 11,9 1,22 J,P,F,8 2,20 13,O,K B,D,6 4,G,14 21,N,19 C,L,H,18 Total Avg
1 TSC Cadence 11    23    14    10    19    11    13    17    8 -3 12    -    138 13.8
2 SDC Rhevolution XP 13    22    11    11    15 -3 12    14    16 -1 12    11    -    137 13.7
3 SDMW X 10 -1 26    12 -1 9    20    11    11    13    11    9    -    132 13.2
4 Cali4nia Kids 11    21    9    10    15 -1 11    10    14    11    10    -    122 12.2
4 Hands Free 11    22 -2 13    11    16    6 -3 9    13 -1 10 -1 11    -    122 12.2
6 Platinum XP 10    20    12    9    14 -1 9 -1 10    15    10    10    -    119 11.9
7 The Mostly Asians 9 -1 17 -1 12    9    13    10    10    15    10    9    -    114 11.4
8 Carolina Ice XP 9    18    12    8 -1 13    9    9    15    9    11    -    113 11.3
9 Spaceland Toxic 9    19    9    8 -1 14    10    7 -2 13    8 -1 9    -    106 10.6
10 TSC Off Cadence 9    14    10    9    13    10    7 -2 10 -1 7 -1 8    -    97 9.7

The 4-pointer remained on the leaderboard for a while, and the teams in contention for the medal positions did not know the correct standings until the conclusion of the competition on Sunday evening.

SDMW X at the USPA Nationals 2018
image by: USPA/Omniskore
The 4-pointer was removed when the re-jump was officially confirmed, and scores for later rounds were added before the new score for Round 7 was judged and posted.

The 9-point advantage for TSC Cadence in Round 7 before the re-jump (13 - 4) turned into two points when SDMW X replaced the 4-pointer with an 11. In the meantime, TSC Cadence had followed up with a strong statement and sole highscore for Round 8 before any new SDMW X scores were posted.

It became interesting again when TSC Cadence's next round was the weakest one of the meet, after trouble with the exit setup. The 8-pointer could have re-opened the door for SDMW X if the re-jump had produced a good score for Round 7.

TSC Cadence did not flinch though and closed the account with another sole highscore for Round 10. The new USPA Intermediate Class champions were eventually six points ahead of SDMW X and had a 1-point advantage over SDC Rhevolution XP when all scores were finally posted.

The AA/Intermediate Class competition could still not be concluded with the award ceremony, as Cali4nia Kids and Hands Free were tied in 4th place and 3rd for the USPA bronze medals. The extra round was scheduled for Monday morning and the award ceremony for the afternoon.

Gary Smith with the Qatar Falcons at Chicagoland
The NSL News also found Gary Smith once again for a conversation at the event site. He was following the performance of NMP PCH HayaBusa at their national championships and was quite happy with the numbers coming from Belgium. He is coaching the Qatar Falcons who compete in 8-way at the USPA Nationals.

Gary Smith has the opportunity at Chicagoland Skydiving to watch the Golden Knights and other strong U.S. 8-way teams while the Qatar Falcons get serious competition practice before the FAI World Meet 2018 where they will meet the Golden Knights again.

He can also check the latest scoring numbers that Arizona Airspeed has to offer before traveling to Australia. Airspeed and Aerodyne Realfly from France will be the strongest opponents for the reigning Belgian 4-way world champions. Airspeed has posted the first scores on the AAA/Open Class leaderboard at Chicagoland on Monday morning.

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