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Did You Know...

... that Echochamber missed the 22+ average level in the judging room?

Echochamber in action at the Belgium Nationals 2018
image by: Anders Brouzell
posted Sep 25th, 2018 - The NSL News pointed out a few times that there was a guest team at the Belgian Nationals 2018. Echochamber, Sweden's national team in 4-way Open, placed right behind NMP PCH HayaBusa in 2nd place and outscored ISR FireFlash at the 10-round meet.

The story on 21 September 2018 explained how Echochamber and ISR FireFlash represent the world's top level of the unofficial and undefined amateur teams and how the two teams battled for the spot behind Belgium's 4-way world champions.

NMP PCH HayaBusa and Echochamber will travel to Australia next and represent Belgium and Sweden at the FAI World Meet 2018, while ISR FireFlash has to follow the competition downunder from their homeland and cheer for their former 8-way partners via the internet.

Echochamber finished with another impressive 21.1 average in Belgium. The NSL News had reported on 4 August 2018 how the Swedish national team did not even bother with the 20+ average and lifted their record average to the 21+ level in August this year. Echochamber's highest 10-round average before was 16.5 at the national championships in 2016. Last year's 20.0 average came after only six rounds and with the support by a 31-pointer for a very fast sequence (J-F-C-H-9) in Round 2.

Belgian Nationals 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 8,H,E,1 19,3,4 N,11,G,10 A,17,14 B,D,7,5 21,15,9 12,F,L,M 6,C,J,O P,2,Q,22 K,20,16Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa 26 25 23 -1 24 37 25 32 34 -2 26 -1 24 -1 276 27.6
2 Echochamber 23 18 19 17 -3 26 -1 20 -1 24 -2 27 -3 19 -4 18 211 21.1
3 ISR FireFlash 18 -2 17 19 20 27 18 -1 25 25 -2 20 19 208 20.8
4 JETMAX 15 11 -1 11 9 14 11 -2 16 -1 15 -1 14 11 127 12.7
5 Falco 10 -1 9 11 11 12 7 -2 11 13 12 6 -2102 10.2
6 Lentonopeus 9 10 8 10 10 7 11 12 11 7 -195 9.5
FAI European bronze medals after cleaning up
The 21.1 average in Belgium might even have a higher value than the previous 21.1 at this year's national championships. Echochamber had lost six point in the Swedish judging room in August. The damage in Belgium accumulated to a total of 14 point deductions, which means that Echochamber is already moving on a 22+ outdoor pace.

The Swedish team has shown a proper cleaning phase before and is aware of the potential and the results that come with minimum damage by penalties. Echochamber had realized after the Wind Games 2018 and the Swedish Indoor Nationals 2018 that they lost too many points and worked on this part of 4-way competition.

There is a good chance that Echochamber will show the 22+ average in Australia if the last cleanup session before the world meet is successful.

FAI Mondial 2016
Rank4-way Open12,A,1618,15,O1,F,E,C17,B,1410,2,2021,11,GJ,5,19L,M,K,7D,8,43,13,QTotalAvg
1NMP PCH HayaBusaBE2425352619222739232226226.2
2Arizona AirspeedUS2123312618222740232325425.4
4Black CatRU2220302417212433211923123.1
5Qatar TigersQA2120302417202336171822622.6
7Satori XLUK1819272416182230181821021.0
10Final FireAT1615251712161829171317817.8
Echochamber in action at the Belgium Nationals 2018
image by: Anders Brouzell
A 22+ average would bring any team into contention for the next spot behind the FAI medal rankings. Belgium (NMP PCH HayaBusa), Unites States (Arizona Airspeed) and France (Aerodyne Realfly) are probably out of reach for all other teams and will battle within this group for the medal rankings.

Black Cat is not competing for Russia in 4-way this year, and the Qatar Tigers will be the top contender for the 4th place without any unknown surprises by a national team stepping up to the 22+ level.

Switzerland has a strong 4-way team with the Airheads who finished not that far behind the Qatar Tigers (31.4 - 29.1) at the CISM Championships this year.

However, Echochamber could have an opportunity to place better than any other Swedish 4-way team in history. The scoring average is already on Swedish record level, and the best placing could follow in Australia.

The 5th place at the FAI World Meet 1993 in Eloy (14.8) is the target for Echochamber, and the 4th place could be in reach...

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