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Round 7 was the last round on the first day of the competition, and Round 8 opened the second day. Arizona Airspeed mastered the 3-block sequence of Round 7 like a champion with a clean 21-pointer and won another round. Perris Fury finished the day with a devastating 4-point loss to both the Golden Knights Gold and SDC Rhythm XP after having just caught up with Rhythm in Round 6. The Golden Knights maintained a 1-point distance to Rhythm and the necessary striking distance at the end of the first day.
The cards were on the table for the three rounds on the second day. Fury had to go for all or nothing, the Golden Knights could continue putting pressure on Rhythm, and the youngsters had to deal with the unusual situation at the beginning of the second day.
|USPA Nationals 2011||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||USA Arizona Airspeed||25||19||19 (-1)||22 (-1)||26 (-1)||24||21||26||31||30||243||24.3|
|2||USA Golden Knights Gold||18 (-1)||17||18||21||24||23||19||21 (-1)||29||28||218||21.8|
|3||USA Perris Fury||20 (-2)||17||16 (-2)||21||26||22 (-1)||15 (-2)||21 (-2)||29||29||216||21.6|
|4||SDC Rhythm XP||22||17||18||21||24||20 (-1)||19||22 (-1)||26||26||215||21.5|
|5||USA Paraclete XP4||21||16||16||20||23||19 (-2)||17||22||26||28||208||20.8|
Airspeed did not even look behind and performed on a different level. The 26-pointer outscored all other top teams by far. Rhythm and Fury both came to the completion of the 23rd point in working time but had to swallow the penalties. The 23-pointers were still three points behind the Airspeed pace, even without the point deductions.
Rhythm had convinced the opponents and the audience at this point in time that the underdog has become the desired and planned part of top 4way competition in the USA and probably soon in the world, as the upcoming Dubai Championship 2011 may show. The last two rounds of the competition threw Rhythm back into 4th place, however, the statement was already made.
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Rob Radez will fly the Ceter Inside slot in Dubai, and Rhythm is preparing the tryout for his slot in the meantime. There are quite a few candidates who have shown their interest, and the selection event will take place on December 16th at the Paraclete windtunnel.
The NSL News reported the last Rhythm tryout live from Paraclete when Thiago Gomes won the Tail slot over Nick Grillet and Samer Haija. It was obviously a great choice made in December 2009, and the NSL News will travel once again to North Carolina and cover the next Rhythm tryout. It will be even tougher for the candidates this time, as the Rhythm standards have gone up even higher.