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Did You Know...

... that teams in Texas launched their 2019 outdoor season at Skydive Spaceland San Marcos?

Spaceland Toxic training with the 2019 lineup
posted Jun 30th, 2019 - The first of the three meets of the Texas Skydiving League this year took place at Skydive Spaceland San Marcos on the June 23 weekend. Six new teams posted their first outdoor scores of the 2019 season, even though they were limited to only four rounds on the AAA and AA leaderboards, and three in the A Class, due to the weather conditions.

One team was back from the 2018 season, and Spaceland Toxic launched the 2019 season with a new lineup. Demo McDonnell's 4-way team, which is the foundation of the Toxic 4-way project, goes back to the 2012 season, and he has been training and competing in 4-way with teams from Texas even much longer.

He and Randy Morgan were on the Toxic 2018 lineup, together with team videographer Chad Hall. They launched the 2019 season with Joshua Schirard and former Spaceland Lite member Devon Shows on a similar performance and scoring level as in 2018. Spaceland Toxic had finished in 9th place with a 10.6 average at the USPA Nationals 2018.

Two more Toxic teams competed in the A Class, where the all-female Aftershock lineup took the 1st place. Aftershock is a reunion of three Glitter Girls (Jen Illingworth, Angelee Jones, Kara Latimer) and Rita Sandt, who was training and competing with Spaceland Lite's 8-way team last year.


TSL 2019 - San Marcos Showdown
1 2 3 4 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 20,B,1 J,N,K,14 8,10,21 F,G,17,M Total Avg
1 Aviatrixx 12    15    11 -1 20    58 14.5
Rank AA Class 20,B,1 J,N,K,14 8,21 F,G,M,9 Total Avg
1 Spaceland Toxic 8    10    10 -1 16 -1 44 11.0
2 Plastic Straw Pushing Turtle Killers 5 -1 8    5 -2 11 -1 29 7.3
Rank A Class B,P,9 J,N,K 8,21 F,G,M Total Avg
1 Aftershock 8    7    5 -1 -    20 6.7
2 Toxic Thunder 6    7    5    -    18 6.0
3 Toxic Aroma 3    3    1 -1 -    7 2.3

Rhonda Wilcox (2nd from right) and Christy West (right) in Dubai 2014
Aviatrixx, the only AAA Class team on the Texas leaderboard, are another all-female lineup and have another Spaceland Lite team member in the lineup, Christy West. She was in the Lite 4-way team between 2010 and 2015, then took a break and came back with Lite's 8-way team a few years later. Spaceland Lite won USPA's 8-way Advanced Class gold medals last year.

The new and strong Aviatrixx lineup could aim at the top spot in 4-way Women in the United States. The country's best 4-way team in this category, Paraclete XPG4, came together only for indoor events and won the bronze medals in 4-way Women at the FAI Indoor World Meet.

The best U.S. outdoor team in 4-way Women was Phoenix XP last year, who competed for the U.S. delegation at the FAI World Meet 2018 in Australia.

Christy West has Jill Stephenson, Sandra van der Bilt and Rhonda Wilcox in her Aviatrixx lineup and may be able to offer the new Phoenix XP lineup opposition at this year's USPA Nationals. Jill Stephenson competed together with Christy West at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship, and Sandra van der Bilt is a former Perris Force member. Rhonda Wilcox and Christy West trained and competed together for the 4-way Women competition at the 5th Dubai International Parachuting Championship in 2014.

The winner of the 4-way Women competition in the 4-way Open Class at the USPA Nationals 2019 will compete for the U.S. delegation at the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2020 in Tanay, Russia.


USPA Nationals 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Intermediate 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 12 -  138 13.8
2 SDC RhEvolution XP 13 22 11 11 15 12 14 16 12 11 -  137 13.7
3 SDMW X 10 26 12 9 20 11 11 13 11 9 - 132 13.2
4 Hands Free 11 22 13 11 16 6 9 13 10 11 14  122 12.2
5 Cali4nia Kids 11 21 9 10 15 11 10 14 11 10 12  122 12.2
6 Platinum XP 10 20 12 9 14 9 10 15 10 10 -  119 11.9
7 The Mostly Asians 9 17 12 9 13 10 10 15 10 9 - 114 11.4
8 Carolina Ice XP 9 18 12 8 13 9 9 15 9 11 - 113 11.3
9 Spaceland Toxic 9 19 9 8 14 10 7 13 8 9 - 106 10.6
10 TSC Off Cadence 9 14 10 9 13 10 7 10 7 8 - 97 9.7

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