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Did You Know...

... that not much will be the same at this year's USPA Nationals?

posted Oct 29th, 2011 - The NSL News has now moved to Eloy, Arizona, where the live coverage of the USPA Nationals 2011 will begin later today after setting up the work station at Skydive Arizona. There are several visiting international teams that the NSL News will introduce soon.

The latest poll results are showing a different picture, as the three top contenders for the silver medal position (Paraclete XP4, Perris Fury, Golden Knights) have moved closer to each other. XP4 had this slot without much competition for a while, but Perris Fury and Golden Knights have caught up recently. SDC Rhythm XP is still in the underdog position.

The NSL News reviewed the leaderboard of the USPA Nationals 2010 one more time where the same five teams were in the Top 5 rankings. The audience is expecting a different leaderboard this year where XP4 would move from 4th to 2nd while the other three teams would keep the same order.

USPA Nationals 2010Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class16,21,113,L,K,106,22,112,20,4Q,M,2,NH,D,9,G19,5,13F,E,17,OC,8,7A,18,14TotalAvg
1Arizona Airspeed 21 23 15 15 32 42 23 40 25 1925525.5
2Perris Fury 21 22 18 16 25 38 22 36 23 2024124.1
3Golden Knights Gold 17 21 17 15 27 32 18 33 22 1822022.0
4Paraclete XP4 18 20 15 15 26 28 20 29 22 1921221.2
5SDC Rhythm XP 17 19 16 15 23 30 19 32 20 1420520.5
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Still the underdog: SDC Rhythm XP at the USPA Nationals 2010
All five top teams were quite clearly separated from each other after last year's Round 10. However, the same teams actually battled harder than the final leaderboard indicates. There was only one single round (Round 2) where the five teams scored in the exact order of the final rankings. It was a consistent exchange of blows round by round. The new NSL-TV video features the videos of last year's Round 2.

The NSL News also tried to find one round at the USPA Nationals 2010 that would have the Top 5 ranking order as the audience expects it this year. There was none. Round 5 came the closest when XP4 outscored Perris Fury for the first and last time in the meet. It was still not identical with the expected order for this year since the Golden Knights had the second highest score in Round 5.

It seems like things will really be different this year, and a very exciting competition is waiting. However, nothing seems to be different at the very top of the leaderboard. Airspeed was far ahead in 2010, even after giving away three rounds, and the audience does not give any other teams the slightest chance for the 1st place this year.

Performance Desired lineup of 2008
There is another challenging pursuit waiting for the teams behind the Top 5. Mass Defiance still owns the 19.3 record average for the best unofficial weekend/amateur team in the USA. There are a few lineups that may have this benchmark in the back of the team mind. The NSL News mentioned one of those teams, with Katie Woods and Ari Perelman in the lineup.

They will have have a team in the field that could help pushing them beyond the 19.3 goal. Performance Desired has a comeback in Eloy, which will also be the competitive comeback for Shannon Pilcher after a long break to recover from his accident. Dan BC, Jack Jefferies and Shannon Pilcher posted a 20.2 average with Ian Bobo at the USPA Nationals 2008.

Ian Bobo is in Katie Woods' and Ari Perelman's lineup, together with former Genesis/PD Blue team mate Kyle Collins, and cannot make it exactly the same Performance Desired lineup as in 2008. The 3-way had no problem finding an adequate member. Airspeed 4way world champion of 2008, Andy Delk, will fill the open slot.

USPA Nationals 2011 - 4way Open

Who will be in the three medal positions this year?

Arizona Airspeed
Perris Fury
Golden Knights
Paraclete XP4
SDC Rhythm XP
Current Results

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