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Did You Know...

... that three Airspeed XP8 members met at the ASL November competition?

Michelle Karamon and Eliana Rodriguez
posted Nov 20th, 2019 - The latest scores on the NSL leaderboard came once again from Arizona, where Eliana Rodriguez and Michelle Karamon had invited 4-way teams and competitors to the 11th meet at Skydive Arizona this year. One more is scheduled for December before the 2020 season will begin in January.

Arizona Airspeed members Niklas Hemlin and Mikhail Markine were back as player coaches, after they have been supporting Eliana Rodriguez and Michelle Karamon at almost each ASL meet this year. They are now also 8-way team mates with Michelle Karamon as Airspeed XP8 members.

The NSL News had reported on November 14th that Niklas Hemlin, Mikhail Markine and Matt Davidson joined the new U.S. 8-way team together, after Paraclete XP8 and SDC Rhythm XP had decided to focus only on one event and avoid double duties at the FAI World Meet 2020 in Tanay.

Niklas Hemlin and Mikhail Markine still live in Arizona, while Matt Davidson stays in North Carolina. The Airspeed XP8 lineup will train at both locations to accommodate all team members.

Michelle Karamon lives with Niklas Hemlin in Arizona after moving from the U.S. east to the west coast, where Eliana Rodriguez has been residing in Casa Grande ever since she joined Arizona Airspeed in 2002.

Arizona Skydiving League November 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 2,4,Q G,19,9 5,E,6 A,K,13,17 8,P,21 D,J,20,L Total Avg
1 Junior Speed 13    16    14    15    14    12 -1  84 14.0
2 AZ Windfall 10    12    9    9    9    11    60 10.0
Rank A Class 2,4 G,19 E,6 A,K,L 8,P D,J,M Total Avg
1 Altitude Junkies 3 -1 6    8    6 -1 7    -    30 6.0
2 Spoonful of Tang 3    5    6    6    4    -    24 4.8

Participants of the ASL November meet
Niklas Hemlin and Mikhail Markine both were guiding two teams through the ASL November meet as player coaches, Niklas Hemlin with AAA Class team Juniorspeed, Mikhail Markine with Altitude Junkies in the A Class. Airspeed's team videographer David French was filming Niklas Hemlin's six rounds with Junior Speed.

Eliana Rodriguez said that she and Michelle Karamon welcomed a majority of participants from out of town this time: "We had visitors from Canada and Greece, Colorado, Connecticut, California and Minnesota."

Niklas Hemlin with the winning AAA Class team Junior Speed had three of the visitors in the lineup. They were all experienced Formation Skydiving competitors of a new generation in the United States, which explains the team name Juniorspeed.

However, the team name was not related to the recent Airspeed tryouts for the new lineup.

Elsinore Elevate (left) at the USPA Nationals 2019
Ryan Weeks has been organizing 4-way events for the Northern Plains Skydiving League, and he helped out for Platinum XP to win the Intermediate Class gold medals at the USPA Nationals this year, as the NSL News reported on October 31st.

Keith Conner won silver medals at the same event in USPA's Advanced Class with Elsinore Elevate. Last weekend's ASL November meet was his second visit this year, after a 6-round meet with Squidence at the February meet. He had finished the Elsinore Elevate 2019 season with a 16.8 average at the USPA Nationals.

Doug Hendrix was the visitor from Connecticut where he has been connecting with the Mass Defiance members at local and regional events.

He has been a regular participant at Ben Liston's indoor competition at SkyVenture New Hampshire, and he competed with the Amphibious Attack Tigers in 8-way at the USPA Nationals. The ASL December meet is scheduled for the 28th.

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