Thursday, January 4, 2018
The 2017 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships wrapped up Tuesday, January 2, at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales. The competition, the longest-running collegiate event in history, drew 82 college skydivers from across the U.S. As always, The U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy were well represented, as were the U.S. Naval Academy and University of Connecticut. Students also competed from Fort Lewis College, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State University, Northeastern University, University of Georgia and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Despite some clouds and rain, jumpers completed at least the minimum number of required rounds in all events.
Gold medals went to Air Force Storm in 4-way open formation skydiving, Army West Point 14-13 in 4-way advanced, West Point Schnack Pack in 2-way FS, Air Force Siete Lobo in 2-way vertical formation skydiving, and West Point Scheme Team 6 in 6-way speed. Scheme Team 6 also set a new national record of 9.16 seconds in the 6-way event.
In the accuracy events, gold medalists were Kristopher Hayhurst in classic accuracy, Connor Severino in masters sport accuracy, John Allen in intermediate sport accuracy and Andrew Winski in novice sport accuracy. Air Force Sietray-Nobo took gold in team sport accuracy.
Complete scores are available on OmniSkore.com. Look for a complete report in the March issue of Parachutist.