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However, the results of these two NESL teams were still interesting enough. One of the two teams was Mass Defiance, USPA's Advanced Class champion of 2005. Mass Defiance members Ben Liston and Brian Stephens have also taken over the league management in New England this year and spent a lot of energy to prepare for the NESL 2007 season.
Last weekend offered a better opportunity, even though it was not planned to turn out the way it did. Mass Defiance was prepared this time to run the event and compete at the same time. Unfortunately, Saturday's weather did not cooperate at all, and many NESL teams and competitors did not even show up. Brian Stephens commented the weather situation in the northern parts of the country:
"We had a total weather day on Saturday. Not a single jump was made, which hurt our training, too. However, we're used to this sort of thing in New England. It sounds like the Northwest Skydiving League has similar issues. It certainly is tough in some regions of the country that don't have year-round jumpable weather."
Brian Stephens confirmed that Sunday's weather was beautiful. He understood that teams from other parts of New England did not make the trip due to the forecast for Saturday. However, the two local teams were present on Sunday and used the opportunity to post great scores. Brian Stephens was especially excited for the A Class team B.T. Eva:
"B.T. Eva put up a 10-pointer! That's the first time they've hit the double digits mark. They also did very well score-wise. It looks like right now they're in 2nd place of the national A Class Rankings. They jumped in the Rookie Class last year, so they're doing very well climbing up the ranks. We'll see if they can grab that first place slot after NESL Meet 3."
The team was happy and excited, as Brian Stephens reported: "Mass Defiance was finally able to jump in an NESL meet and post some scores for the NSL leaderboard outside of USPA Nationals. We were psyched. That might have also contributed to less teams since we weren't available to fill in vacant slots this time, but it was fun putting up some numbers."
Mass Defiance coach, Sinapsi PD and XL member Pete Allum, was on training and competition site, as well. He spends his summer in Spain this year where he organizes training camps in Ampuriabrava. Mass Defiance had invited him to work with the team throughout the meet weekend:
"Our Coach, Pete Allum, was also in town for this camp. He was a tremendous help for us, as always, and for the other jumpers at the meet, as well. We haven't done a camp with him since January, so it was a good to have him back. He'll be back again in August."