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The conversation with the team touched an interesting topic that deserved more attention. It is actually only one team member who is now back with the new lineup, and Megan George is also the founder of the team. The previous update included a brief overview of the history of Skydive Midwest NEXT.
Megan George and her 2016/2017 team mates accomplished something that has not happened very often in the history of USPA Nationals. In fact, it has happened only twice that the USPA Intermediate Class winners follow up with Advanced Class gold the next year. Megan George, Matt Congdon and Chris Haslam did exactly that, with Adam Elkin on camera.
This NEXT 3-way plus videographer won the USPA Intermediate Class in 2015 with Crystal Prom in the lineup. Then they won the Advanced Class gold medals a year later with new member Daniele Smythe. Megan George was first in the point slot and switched to inside center when Daniele Smythe joined the team.
USPA Nationals 2015
|Rank||4-way Open Top 5||J,H,2,8||6,D,18||F,9,L,O||1,17,E||K,19,N,P||3,7,5||4,A,B,12||11,16,M||15,Q,22||20,14,10||-||Total||Avg|
|2||SDC Rhythm XP||22||21||42||25||27||20||23||20||20||16||-||236||23.6|
|4||Carolina Turbo XP||22||20||34||22||25||20||19||21||18||16||-||217||21.7|
|Rank||4-way Advanced Top 5||22,K,F||B,11,21||D,Q,H,13||8,1||P,15,J||L,O,N,C||20,4||19,2||18,14||6,7||M,E,A,G||Total||Avg|
|1||SDMW Next XP||13||14||15||12||15||21||12||12||9||15||-||138||13.8|
|3||Air Force Allegiance||13||8||12||11||12||18||10||11||9||15||23||119||11.9|
The NSL News pointed out during the NSL Live Talk that Megan George is the only current team member who accomplished the two consecutive USPA championship titles in 2015/2016. However, Megan George responded that she and her former NEXT team mates were probably not the only U.S. 4-way competitors with the same achievements.
She mentioned that it would be worthwhile looking into the history of Carolina Turbo XP, who may have done the same, and even earlier. The NSL News did the homework and can confirm that Megan George pointed in the right direction.
The story of Carolina Turbo XP is not new to the NSL News audience, and it is directly connected with current SDC Rhythm XP members Andrew Happick and Doug Barron. The two original Turbo members launched their team under the name VTSD (Virginia Tech Space Dockers) in 2009 and made their achievement even more special. The original lineup (Andrew Happick, Doug Barron, Joey Coffineau, Ben Worrall, with James Sides on camera) did not change after winning the Intermediate Class gold medals, and they followed up with Advanced Class gold a year later.
The VTSD/Carolina Turbo XP story was over at the end of a very successful 2015 season. The USPA Nationals 2015 was the last event for Carolina Turbo XP, and it was also the beginning of the double-gold story for Skydive Midwest NEXT. Turbo finished in 4th place on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard with a 21.7 average, while NEXT won the Intermediate Class with a 13.8 average.
Then JaNette and Steve Lefkowitz then invited Andrew Happick and Doug Barron to join SDC Rhythm XP, and they agreed to form the new lineup in 2016. With SDC Rhythm XP Andrew Happick and Doug Barron eventually accomplished something that has really never been done before.
Exactly a decade after winning their first USPA gold medals in the Intermediate Class, Andrew Happick and Doug Barron added the USPA Open Class gold medals to their golden collection. Megan George is back in action with her new lineup, and she is currently the only 4-way competitor in the United States who could copy Andrew Happick's and Doug Barron's achievement...