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Phoenix XP is the U.S. national team in 4-way Women. The team project was launched at the beginning of the 2017 season with the goal to qualify as the national team and compete in Australia. This goal was accomplished at the USPA Nationals 2017, where Phoenix XP finished as the best 4-way Women team in the United States.
There was another goal, too, which was a set of medals at the next world meet. The United States are the defending world champion in 4-way Women, after the Golden Knights won the title at the FAI Mondial 2016 after a dramatic battle with the French national team, the French Weembi Girls.
It was a rocky road to the gold medals for the Golden Knights in 2016, as the team had to deal with a personnel change just a few months before the world meet, when Outside Center Angela Nichols stepped back. Fortunately for the U.S. team, SDC Rhythm XP member JaNette Lefkowitz was available to fill the slot and help to win the 4-way Women world championship title.
USPA Nationals 2018
|2||SDC Rhythm XP||20||25||33||26||20||18||17||21||23||20||223||22.3|
|5||Ranch 2nd Generation||17||22||20||22||17||18||15||17||21||19||188||18.8|
|9||Spaceland Dallas 350||17||0||17||17||13||16||13||14||20||16||143||14.3|
|11||SNE Fly Girls||8||8||10||12||9||11||9||9||8||8||92||9.2|
It turned out that Morgan Womble would not be able to recover early enough for the team to be ready for the World Championship of Formation Skydiving next month, and Megan George will continue with the team throughout the event.
The former NEXT member has performed on a 17+ level with her previous team and was a great solution for the troubling situation. However, it would be impossible for any team in 4-way Women to challenge the Aerodyne Weembi Girls this year, and the U.S. team had to get used to the perspective that the 4-way Women title will go back to France this year.
Phoenix XP was and still is a strong contender for the FAI medals in 4-way Women behind France, even though it has become more difficult to accomplish this goal, as well.
FAI World Meet 2018
|Rank||4-way Women Power Ranking Medals||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||Total||Avg|
|1||Aerodyne Weembi Girls||FR||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Even the set of bronze medals will not be easy to win for the U.S. team this year. Fuzion Voltige, Canada's national team in 4-way Women, will be well prepared to turn their 4th place of 2016 into a set of medals in Australia. The previous Fuzion lineup missed the bronze medals in 2016 by only four points (175 - 171) behind NFTO, and they had two years to get ready for the next world meet, one year with new team member Stephanie Longchamps.
Phoenix XP with Morgan Womble was able to keep up with the Canadian team at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2018, where the teams were tied after ten rounds and Fuzion Voltige won the duel only after a tie-breaking extra round.
Fuzion Voltige has trained with the same lineup ever since and is also aiming at the silver medals, while Phoenix XP was interrupted with the preparations for the world meet. The Golden Knights showed the way how to deal with obstacles in 2016, and Phoenix XP will have to copy the reigning world champions to get to the medal positions this year...