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The Midwest Skydiving League team had another change in the lineup before they attended the first competition in the new category, the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship. Jason Krumholz had joined the team in the middle of the 2018 season, while Greg Oldendick completed the 2019 lineup after Josh Reinert stepped back.
SDC RhEvolution XP had launched the 2018 season without attending the indoor competition. In fact, the May meet of the Midwest Skydiving League was the team's first meet last year and the start of the team career. It was again the season opener of the Midwest Skydiving League for the AAA Class outdoor start, even though SDC RhEvolution XP joined the NSL meet weekend at the Virginia Parachute Council, this weekend at Skydiving Orange.
NSL Meet Weekend May 25th, 2019
|1||HF Flying Circus||CZSL||18||11||-3||17||10||-1||13||-1||10||79||13.2|
|2||SDC RhEvolution XP||VPC||17||9||17||8||10||10||71||11.8|
|1||Burble Me Softly||VPC||10||7||5||6||5||6||39||6.5|
SDC RhEvolution XP mastered the team's first six outdoor competition rounds with a higher average compared to the AA Class season opener (11.8 - 11.2) last year.
SDC RhEvolution XP increased the 11.2 in May 2018 to 13.7 at the USPA Nationals, which was one single point behind the AA/Intermediate Class winner last year.
New team member Greg Oldendick won USPA's AAA/Advanced Class gold medal last year with Savage XP and a 17.4 average. The Advanced Class winner cannot come back in the same category, and even last year's silver medalist, Seattle Swift, have no plans for 2019. The NSL News reported on May 5th that Swift take a 1-year break.
This brings last year's Advanced Class bronze medalist, Elsinore Elevate, into the picture for the top spot at the USPA Nationals 2019.
USPA Nationals 2018
|5||CSC Some Senseless Tragedy||14||14||18||15||11||12||10||13||14||13||134||13.4|
|2||SDC Rhevolution XP||13||22||11||11||15||12||14||16||12||11||137||13.7|
However, Elsinore Elevate started the 2019 season with a different lineup. Highly experienced 4-way Open Class competitor James "Bu" Klinge joined 4-way world champion Josh Hall at the SCSL season opener for a 16.5 average. Josh Hall was the team's player coach last year. Brian Schroeder and Zack Winoker came back in April with the new lineup.
Last year's Advanced Class gold medalist, Savage XP, had no serious competition and won with a 26-point lead. The team's 17.4 average would have won the 6th place on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard at the USPA Nationals 2018. The open question is for which USPA category Elsinore Elevate will sign up for, as the situation is similar as it was for Savage XP in 2018. The team's player-coach Kirk Verner, 4-way and 8-way world champion, had his current Paraclete XP 8-way team mate and newest Ranch 2nd Generation member Jeana Billings in the lineup of the Advanced Class winner.
Vega XP, AA/Intermediate Class champion of 2017, finished 8th in the AAA/Advanced Class of 2018 with a 13.1 average. Vega XP launched the team's second AAA Class season with an 18.0 indoor average at Paraclete XP in February, nine points ahead of SDC RhEvolution XP. The race for USPA Advanced Class medals in 2019 has begun...