USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships Conclude with Eight New Records
The 2012 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships came to a finish on December 31st, just in time for New Year’s celebrations. The winners definitely had a lot to celebrate. Of the eighty-seven competitors, eight new records were set.
14 colleges and universities brought a total of 87 competitors to the small town 65 miles southwest of Phoenix.
The Air Force Academy had an extremely strong showing in multiple events. Air Force Legacy set a college record with a 36 point dive in the sixth round of the 4-way open event on their way to taking gold in the event. In addition, Air Force’s Hysteria took over in the 2-way vertical formation event, with a dominating score of 91.
Air Force Academy’s Dustin Weeks was on target in the sport accuracy competition. Weeks won the masters class and set a four round total score record at 1.97 meters. He also set a performance record by starting with four consecutive dead centers before finally missing by 1.54 meters.
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point was a powerhouse in the classic accuracy competition, and broke a trio of records.
Kurt Yeager’s combined score of 0.10 meters won gold in the masters class and set a new competition record for the event. Yeager narrowly edged Ben Garlick, also from West Point, who set a performance record by following a dead center dive with a two-centimeter score.
The team accuracy event saw the Guardian Owls from West Point set a new competition record with a three-round total of 0.43 meters, easily eclipsing the old record of 0.65 meters.
A pair of southern schools also managed to win gold, as the B’Ween team from the University of South Carolina won gold in 2-way and tied the existing record with a 16 point round, while the GT Special Needs team from Georgia Tech won the 4-way advanced event.
Teams celebrated New Year’s Eve with a 6-way speed event to wrap up the meet. The competition turned into a fierece battle between two teams from Air Force that saw the Wild Bill Wegner’s edge out a victory with a blistering time of 7.52 seconds.
The meet officially concluded last Tuesday evening, where the teams met for a banquet dinner and awards cermony.