Parachute Team wins gold at Nationals
By Nancy Koreen
U.S. Parachute Association
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 16, 2014) — Members of the Black Knights Parachute Team won gold medals from Dec. 27-Jan. 2 at the 2013 U.S. Parachute Association’s National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world. The competition took place at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Fla.
More than 75 fearless collegiate skydivers from around the country put their books aside over the winter break to compete at the national championships, pushing their aerial skills to the limit and competing for the title of national champion in four spectacular skydiving disciplines: Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Sport Accuracy and Classic Accuracy.
The team from West Point dominated the classic accuracy competition, in which jumpers exit an airplane more than 3,000 feet in the air and then steer their parachutes and try to land on a dime-sized dot on a landing tuffet.
Cadets won gold in team, masters and intermediate accuracy, as well as novice sport accuracy. In the sport accuracy competition, jumpers try to hit a bull’s-eye on landing while they glide across the ground at high speeds.
In the masters class, gold went to Class of 2014 Cadet Brandon Zwank, who is majoring in mechanical engineering. In intermediate, gold went to Class of 2015 Cadet Kris Korzan, a physics major. Class of 2016 Cadet David Hart, majoring in computer science, won the novice sport accuracy event.
The West Point Parachute Team is the academy’s freefall demonstration and competition team. The Black Knights showcase the unique skills and opportunities available to the cadets by providing precision freefall demonstrations in support of Army Athletics, Cadet Reviews and much more.
West Point Parachute Team members can often be seen drifting from the sky across the Plain as they train for competitions and appearances at Army Football home games throughout the year. File Photo
The all-cadet team also provides the chance for cadets to train their more-junior teammates as they progress from students to fully-licensed jumpers while operating in an in extremis context.
Visit the team's website at www.usma.edu/parachute/SitePages/Home.aspx for news, schedule, videos and more.