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They have been battling since Lori Connor launched her Indoor Cloud League team with monthly events in 2013, first on the same leaderboard and with the same sequences as the 14+ teams, then on the separate 12+ leaderboard when the dive pool for the 14+ chambers was extended.
The iFLY Orlando team won the duel in the first three years (2013 - 2015), and Lori Connor booked her first victory at the end of the 2016 season. She has maintained the upper hand ever since and won the next three years (2016 - 2018).
This year, the iFLY Orlando team had the better start and won the first three months (January - March). The iFLY SF Bay team was back in business in April, and both teams have been taking turns in winning month by month ever since. iFLY Orlando was still in the lead at the end of September, due to the 43-point cushion after the first three months.
|iFLY SF Bay - September||AAA||AA||A||RRR||RR||R||Total|
|Jessica Lee, Ethan DeLano, Julius Frank, Eric Gin||19(-1)||19||-||-||-||-||38|
|Racheet Matai, Michael Stevens, Kiran Shivaram, Ethan DeLano||-||-||14||20(-1)||-||-||34|
|Vikas Bagur, Craig Navickas, Ethan DeLano, Eric Gin||-||-||-||12||11(-1)||-||11|
|SF Bay Rookies||-||-||-||8||-||-||-|
|Lauren Liddell, Jan Blaha, Jessica Lee, Julius Frank||-||-||-||-||8||13||13|
|Dmitriy Kalugin-Balashov, Aditya Srinivas, Jessica Lee, Julius Frank||-||-||-||-||-||12||-|
|iFLY SF Bay's Best of September||19||19||14||20||11||13||96|
Four other lineups posted the higher scores, even though it was a very close call. Lori Connor reported from Northern California that she even needed a tie-breaker for some of the scoring duels:
"I had to use a tie-breaking rule and the fastest time to the last point to determine the video submissions for September. AAA went to Eric Gin's team who flew at the Tunnel Kicker and they scored 19-1 after completing their 19th point at 33.21 seconds, compared to the WTL Raptors who scored their 19th point at 34.50. AA went again to Eric Gin's team with their 19th point at 33.08 compared to the WTL Kids who scored their 19th point at 35 seconds."
Cali4nia Raptors finished in 5th place in the AAA Class on the World Tunnel League leaderboard for September. Cali4nia Kids took the 2nd place in the AA Class and lost the 1st place to Sörkan Laskuvarjourheilijat from Finland only in Round 6.
World Tunnel League September 2019
|3||iFLY Ontario AA||US||CATL||17||14||14||13||13||18||13||19||14||16||151||15.1|
|5||Jump Florida Furtherance 2.5||US||FTL||13||12||12||13||13||17||13||9||13||-||115||12.8|
|1||SF Bay Rookies||US||CATL||8||9||6||7||10||12||-||-||-||-||52||8.7|
|2||My First 4-way Team||US||CATL||7||6||5||4||10||12||5||10||5||9||73||7.3|
The Pro Team witnessed the strong U.S. performance in the AAA/4-way Open Class at the world cup after posting their own indoor scores on the WTL leaderboard in September. The 26.2 average at the Fööni wind tunnel in Helsinki was a new indoor record average for the team, and they followed up with an impressive outdoor record of 18.5 at Skydive Arizona, where most of the teams finished below their best numbers due to the slow competition draw.
The most exciting part of the WTL September meet took place right behind the Pro Team. The other three Finnish AAA Class teams finished with a 1-point difference. Just4Fun and AllSaints were tied after Round 10, and another tie-breaking procedure was necessary. Both teams had the same highscore of 25 points in Round 6, and Just4Fun eventually took the 2nd place with the 23-pointer in Round 10. Just4Fun and AllSaints, with Pro Team alternate Juho Mikkola in the lineup, both were formed this year after Blackjack disbanded.
Tempo finished one single point behind with a different lineup. Nadja Lönnroth replaced injured Saara Laakko who is one of the original Tempo members, together with Antti Heinola and Otto Virkki.