Career-best for Freestylers Currutt, Petzold


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Mt. Buller, Australia, Aug. 13–On Saturday, Bergoust led a 1-2-4-5-8 showing by U.S. aerialists. Sunday, it was was 1-4-7 with Brian Currutt (Park City, UT) fourth as he hung-upthe highest points of his career and Britt Swartley (Blue Bell, PA)seventh. Joe Pack (also Park City) was 16th and Jerry Grossi (also ParkCity), second Saturday and second Sunday in the first round, 17th aftercrashing on his second jump.

In the women’s competition, world champion and defending World Cupchamp Jacqui Cooper also made it two wins in 24 hours, leading ahistoric 1-2 finish for Australians. She had 176.58 and teammate AlisaCamplin posted 174.58. Brenda Petzold (Andover, MA) was a career-bestfourth (161.77) and Kelly Hilliman (Tonawanda, NY), battling remnants ofa stomach flu that hobbled her all week, was 14th.

“Very tough conditions,” said U.S. aerials Head Coach WayneHilterbrand. “The winds were a little flakey – definitely very tough inthe morning for the B Seed – and the afternoon was equally tough, butnot because of the winds. They calmed down, but the speeds wereconstantly changing in the afternoon. It was warm, overcast, like anoven and the speeds kept slowing down, which made it tough for thejumpers.”