The canopy piloting portion of the USPA National Parachuting Championships completed Sunday, June 21, at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, with Curt Bartholomew reclaiming his overall national champion title.
After three days of jumps and all rounds completing, Bartholomew took the overall gold, as well as gold in zone accuracy, silver in distance and bronze in speed. Last year’s national champion, Tom Dellibac, claimed the overall silver medal, as well as gold in the speed event. Nick Batsch placed third overall and earned gold in the distance event.
In the advanced class, the overall gold went to Matt Leonard, silver to Pawel Piotrowski and bronze to Scott Kasmar. Leonard took gold in zone accuracy, Piotrowski won the speed event, and Ben Lowe earned gold in distance.
The open-class results also determined the U.S. Team that will go to the Canopy Piloting World Cup in Canada this August. This year’s U.S. Team includes the top-12 fnishers: Bartholomew, Dellibac, Batsch, Greg Windmiller, Justin Price, Paul Rodriguez, Albert Berchtold, Rob Wallace, Ian Bobo, Matt Shull, Ryan Brownlow and Gage Galle.
Complete canopy piloting results are available on Control Tower. And don’t forget to check out the action in the daily broadcasts on Skydive-TV!
Skydive Paraclete XP ran a successful Nationals that went smoothly, even with record-high temperatures throughout the week. Look for a complete report in the August issue of Parachutist.
National champions in style and accuracy and canopy formation received their medals Thursday, June 18, at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina. The National Parachuting Championships began Monday with the style and accuracy event. By Thursday afternoon, both style and accuracy and canopy formation had completed all rounds.
In style and accuracy, Nancy LaRiviere earned the overall female championship, beating Cheryl Stearns for the first time in their long history of competing against each other. Stearns, who recently returned to jumping after a serious bicycle accident last fall, placed first in style, but fell short to LaRiviere by one centimeter in accuracy, giving LaRiviere the accuracy gold and the overall title. For the men, Jimmy Drummond won gold in accuracy, and Anthony Mouzon took gold in style. Mario Rivera, a former Golden Knight and U.S. Team member returning after a 15-year absence from competition, combined a third in style and third in accuracy to win the overall men’s title. In team accuracy, Skydive Rick’s earned its 10th consecutive national title, retaining possession of the prestigious Thacker Cup, which was presented by Mrs. Billie Thacker.
In canopy formation 4-way rotation, Elsinore Too Wrapped Up set a national record in round three with 20 points, matching it again in round four and earning the gold. Slotswitch won gold in open 2-way sequential, and Point Break won gold in 4-way sequential, with the sequential event ending after five of eight rounds.
Complete results for style and accuracy and canopy formation are available at Omniskore.com.
The canopy piloting competition is now in full swing, starting Friday morning with the speed event. Results are available on Control Tower.
Be sure to follow all the action on Skydive-TV, broadcasting daily from Raeford, and on USPA’s Facebook page.
The USPA Board of Directors has adopted a selection method for the first U.S. Wingsuit Performance Team for the 2015 World Cup at Netheravon, U.K., in May. The team may include as many as 12 competitors. The first nine slots will be offered to the highest-seeded U.S. competitors drawn from the top three finishers at past Paralog Performance World Series meets (more recent competitions have greater weight than older ones):
2014 Performance Cup at Skydive Elsinore, California: 1. Travis Mickle, 2. Greg Marcinkowski, 3. Brian Caldwell
2014 Performance Cup at Skydive City Zephyrhills, Florida: Brian Caldwell, Travis Mickle, 4. Lori Butz
2013 Performance Cup at Skydive Elsinore: Brian Caldwell, 5. Simon Repton, 6. Joe Webb
2012 Performance Cup at Skydive Elsinore: 7. Scott Callantine, 8. Lawrence De Laubadere, 9. Scotty Burns
In addition, three team members will be selected from the top U.S. competitors at the upcoming March 28-29 meet in Zephyrhills. Other wingsuit competitors interested in being on the U.S. Team should send their competition histories to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered at the upcoming March 27-29 USPA Board meeting, where the Competition Committee will fill remaining slots. The committee will also discuss how to conduct team selection in the future and whether to hold a Wingsuit Performance National Skydiving Championships.
Please note that like World Cups in all other skydiving disciplines, USPA doesn’t offer any direct financial support. Team members are responsible for their own entry fees, travel expenses, team uniforms, etc. Already-seeded competitors wishing to compete must pay the $845 entry fee (by check or credit card) to USPA by 5 p.m. Eastern time March 26 to guarantee a slot on the team.
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