RAEFORD, North Carolina (CBS4) – Nick Batsch of Denver won the individual canopy piloting crown at last weekend’s parachuting national championships.
Batsch, 36, scored 835.562 points through three compulsory events — distance, speed, and accuracy — in taking the overall title at 2017 U.S. Parachute Association National Parachuting Championships.
The runner-up in the overall competition scored 788.735.
Batsch won the accuracy event and was runner-up in distance.
“This summer has been a crazy great year for me as a competitor,” Batsch wrote in a Facebook post Monday. “I look forward to this years World Cup and cannot express what it has felt like to be in the place I am mentally and physically this year.”
Batsch has now won the event five times.
The victory earns him a slot on the prestigious U.S. Parachute Team that will compete at the 2018 World Parachuting Championships in Poland.
In canopy piloting, often called “swooping,” skydivers fly high-performance parachutes that can generate high vertical and horizontal speeds.
For the first time ever, the national championships this year included wingsuit flying.
Batsch trains at Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont.