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The other three competition classes have their own special stories, as well. The A Class, with only eight blocks and all random formations in the dive pool, is still much more popular in Europe. It is the category where teams make their first experiences with block techniques after starting in the Rookie Class and only random formations. All eleven A Class teams last weekend were from three different European countries.
It was the opposite situation in the AA Class where only US teams competed last weekend. The European countries apply the AA Class, as well, but there were no teams competing in this category last weekend. By the way: there were also 19 French intermediate teams competing in Pamiers last weekend, in addition to the 15 listed AAA Class teams. France applies a different set of rules for the intermediate class.
Tenacity is an all-female lineup (Tristan Donley - Inside Center, Joan Esson - Tail, Jane McGuire - Outside Center, Arianna Williams - Point, Beth Shell on camera) that trains under Niklas Hemlin's guidance at Start Skydiving. Niklas Hemlin is a former Team Fastrax member.
Tenacity posted a 10.2 average at the first MESL 2010 meet in May. The video shows the team in action at the May meet.
|USPA Nationals 2009||Round1||Round2||Round3||Round4||Round5||Round6||Round7||Round8||Round9||Round10||Total||Avg|
|3||Cross Keys NRG||10||10||10||13||8||12||13||11||6||9||102||10.2|
Carolina Turbo XP, formerly known as VTSD, won last year with an outstanding 13.1 average. However, the silver medals went to Carolina Ice with an 11.5 average. Cross Keys NRG won the bronze medals with a 10.2 average, one point ahead of three other AA/Intermediate Class teams.
Tenacity's 11.2 average last weekend followed a 10.2 average in May. The combination of the six rounds in May and in July included 12 of the 16 AA Class blocks and indicates quite realistically the current performance level. Niklas Hemlin is aiming at one of the top positions again, this time as a coach, and he knows how to win medals. The NSL News will keep an extra eye on Tenacity...