With three of the four meets completed for the season, the race for the best season overall placings is heating up. the top placing PRO and Amateur win the title of Season Champion, a sweet plaque, and have their registration and competition jumps paid at USPA Nationals.
We calculate the season overalls by assigning a point value to each place. 1st place is worth 100, second place is worth 98.5 and so on. At the end of the season your lowest placing is dropped.
In the PRO Class, Curt Bartholomew and Gage Galle have 1st and 2nd locked down. The race in this class is for the third place slot. Albert Berchtold is sitting in 3rd with 285 points. That’s a 7 point lead on Justin Price in fourth and 8 points over Scott Harper who is also in the hunt for a podium seat this season. If Justin or Scott can secure a top place and beat Albert by a few spots the podium is still in reach.
In the Amateur class, Ben Lowe and Rob Harris are sitting in first and second respectively. They’re likely to keep places on the podium, but which ones will depend on how well they do at meet 4. Stephen Perry is sitting in third overall and hoping to hold on or move up with a good performance next month. In fourth place is Pawel Piotrowski who was leading the Amateur class going into meet 3, but unfortunately he took a tumble coming out of the speed course early in the meet and couldn’t finish. His tumble earned him a broken rib so while he’s still within reach of the podium with a good performance in meet 4, his return this season is questionable. Also in the hunt is Ross Brilakis currently sitting in fifth. If we look down the list we also see a sleeping giant in tenth place. Fraser Feltner with two third place finishes could spring back up to the podium with a strong placement in meet four. The season is definitely not over for these guys and we’re likely to see some shuffling around of the places at the fourth meet.
The Amateurs are all also looking for a solid finish to the season as the top placing Amateurs will move up to the PRO class at the end of the season.
The season standings can be found here http://controltower.io/flcpa/season/
There were a few new records set at the third FLCPA meet last weekend. Cornelia Mihai from Skydive Dubai set a new North Carolina state female distance and speed record at 145.71 meters and 2.502 seconds respectively. Curt Bartholomew set a new general distance record at 147.23 meters and speed record at 2.153 seconds.
With meet 4 and US Nationals less than a month away being held at this same venue, it will be interesting to see if these records stand!
This past weekend Skydive Paraclete XP was host to the third FLCPA meet of the 2015 season. Fourth competitors showed up to give it their all for this competition. It was an even split between the PRO and Amatuer classes with 20 competitors in each category.
Raeford once again pulled out all the stops. There were some problems with the PAC we were supposed to use so we ran the swoop meet out of a CASA!!! That was a first for most of us.
The weather was perfect with a light 4-6 mph tail wind for speed and distance and 6-8mph headwind for zone accuracy. The top spots switched between every round in both categories. Competitors were glued to their phones looking for the updated scores on Control Tower.
The Amatuer class was won by veteran skydiver and newcomer to the competition circuit Charlie Mullins. Second place went to Shane Seydel from Hawaii, and Ben Lowe rounded out the top three.
The pro class was won by Cornelia Mihai of the Skydive Dubai swoop team. Second place went to Curt Bartholomew while Albert Berchtold rounded out the top three.
We’ve always had a good time at the Raeford meet where instead of having one dedicated coach, we have 20! The Pro/Am competition randomly matches up each pro with an am to work together throughout the meet to help each other. Third place went to Cornelia and Peter Lubrano. Second was Albert and Luis Prinetto. And top spot in the Pro/Am went to Curt and Fraser Feltner.
Big thanks to Skydive Paraclete XP for hosting this meet with their great facilities and airlift power that allowed us to finish 7 rounds for 40 competitors by 3:00, Alter Ego our 2015 medal sponsor, and last but not least, a big round of applause for Performance Designs in thanks for their ongoing support of the FLCPA.
Meet 4 will be in just a few weeks!