... that the Midwest Skydiving League teams keep moving up the steps of competition classes?
Gone west: Chris Farina - Thiago Gomes
posted Jun 6th, 2006 -
It was not a very well hidden secret that Arizona Airspeed, new 4way world champion after the Mondial Dubai 2012, was recruiting a new team member.
Observers of a little tryout session at SkyVenture Arizona after the USPA Nationals 2012 knew first that something was going on. From then on, there were several rumors and stories that circulated in the wordwide 4way community. Fact was only that Josh Hall would be the leaving Airspeed member.
The NSL News had announced after the USPA Nationals and before the Mondial, on 19 November 2012, that SDC Rhythm XP was recruiting, as well, after Thiago Gomes and Chris Farina had decided to discontinue. Rhythm has not selected the new team members yet, while Airspeed now beat Rhythm to the announcment of the new lineup.
Boarding area at Skydive Chicago
The Midwest Skydiving League 2006 season finally kicked off Saturday at Skydive Chicago in some of the nicest weather the Midwest has enjoyed this year. The first meet is always full of surprises, first and foremost being who some of the competitors are that we will be seeing this season. This meet, which mostly featured veterans from previous seasons, had six teams in three different classes.
Still recruiting: JaNette and Steve Lefkowitz, Alex Bittner
Chris Farina was the Airspeed choice for the open Point slot, and Thiago Gomes is the new Alternate for the 4way world champion. Airspeed attracted Rhythm's complete rear piece to Arizona in one move, which does not only fill the open Airspeed slots with two of the best available players. The move also weakens the strongest opponent at the same time.
Airspeed had only one open slot in the active lineup, and it was a difficult choice, as team captain Mark Kirkby explained. Welcoming Chris Farina and Thiago Gomes both to the new Airspeed lineup still makes a lot of sense from the world champion's perspective.
Mark Kirkby plans to step back in two years after winning another 4way gold medal in 2014. Airspeed will need a new Tail by then, and Thiago Gomes knows this slot best, as it was his own one with SDC Rhythm XP. The new alternate just has to be patient for another 18 months...
Despite some solid skydiving by Cohesion and Just4Fun having their best meet ever (if video busts are discounted), it quickly became apparent that the top two teams from 2005, both with all woman rosters, would again be the pacesetters.
After four rounds the Furies (Sarah Lawrence, Gosia Cienkosz, Shannon Sweet, Lisa DeSimone, Charles Lane on camera) led the Sirens by only two points. But the draw for rounds five and six did not offer good opportunities for making up many points and, in fact, the two teams had identical scores in those rounds resulting in a 57-55 win for the SDC ladies.
Chris Farina and Mark Kirkby with Spark at the USPA Nationals 2005 image by: Omniskore
Chris Farina is now filling the slot that his former Perris Fury team mate Josh Hall left open for him. Josh Hall had joined Airspeed in 2011 after his time with Perris Fury and was a 4way world champion two years later. Perris Fury never really recovered from the loss in 2011.
There will be some work to do for the new Airspeed Point. Chris Farina was the Center Inside for Perris Fury and SDC Rhythm XP. He has to study and learn the new slot. However, he has seen the 4way dive pool from this perspective before. Mark Kirkby was his player coach in the Spark lineup of 2005 (Chris Farina, Dave Burton, Samer Haija, Mark Kirkby, with Steve Nowak on camera) where he was in the Point position before he joined Perris Fury later the same year.
Arizona Airspeed has not announced the team's 2013 schedule yet. It's a shorter season until the USPA Nationals, which will be hosted by Skydive Chicago this year. The new Airspeed lineup will probably get going very soon. In the meantime, SDC Rhythm XP prepares for the same short 2013 season. The NSL News will hopefully follow up with the new Rhythm lineup very soon.