IAC Collegiate Program Chair, Jordan Ashley, offers his congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Collegiate Championships. The collegiate eagle trophies will be presented to the recipients at the IAC Member Gathering in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at AirVenture on Friday, July 26, 2019. The results of the championships have been verified and are as follows:
1st: UND - reclaimed first place from MSU - Denver with a total score of 6454.45 out of 7620 possible points / 84.70%
2nd: MSU - Denver with a total score of 5211.74 out of 6200 possible points / 84.06%
3rd: USAFA - with a total score of 4784.51 out of 6040 possible points / 79.21%
4th: ERAU-Daytona returned with a new team backed by Eagle Sport Aviation Club: total score of 6161.50 out of 8080 possible pts/76.26%
1st: University North Dakota 2nd: Metropolitan State/Denver 3rd: USAF Academy 4th: Embry-Riddle
1st: Jarrett Croy 5273.77 out of 6350 possible / 83.05% - This was Jarrett's second year competing and he did not place at all last year.
2nd: Last year's winner Sam Robinson 5173.40 out of 6350 / 81.47%
3rd: Second year competitor also, Liz Birch - 5167.40 out of 6350 / 81.38% - this and the spread between 3rd and 4th is one of the closest spreads between placings that I have been able to find in recent years.
1st: Jarrett Croy 2nd: Sam Robinson 3rd: Liz Birch
The collegiate competition program is intended to inicrease the flying safety and encourage interest in aerobatics amoung college age students. It is the intent of this program to sharpen pilot skills in the categories where they can be the most rewarded in terms of pilot ability and collegiate recognition. The program is also intended to be a spring board for competitors to continue their pursuit of aerobatics upon leaving the collegiate environment.
The two awards serve to recognize skill and proficiency for the collegiate aerobatic competitor. The Collegiate National Championship Team Award recognizes the highest scoring U.S. Collegiate Team. The Individual Collegiate National Champion Award recognizes the top three individual collegiate competitors in Sportsman or higher category. To qualify, a competitor must be a full-time undergraduate student in an accredited college or vocational program. Teams may be formed by three or more competitors from the same school, one of which must fly in the Sportsman category.
More information on the program can be found on IAC Collegiate Program webpage.