Tucson native wins gold at collegiate parachuting championships

Tucson native wins gold at collegiate parachuting championships
Rachel Kinnison won the sport accuracy event at the 2018 collegiate parachuting championships in Eloy, AZ. (Source: Wybenga)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A West Point cadet originally from Tucson won a gold medal for accuracy at a national competition of collegiate skydivers recently in Eloy, AZ.

Rachel Kinnison was among 73 skydivers from around the country competing in the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at Skydive Arizona.

Kinnison, a sophomore mechanical engineering major at the U.S. Military Academy, won the sport accuracy event, one of four disciplines. The others are classic accuracy, formation skydiving and vertical formation skydiving.

Rachel Kinnison makes a winning landing at the 2018 collegiate parachuting championships in Eloy, AZ. (Source: David Cherry)
Rachel Kinnison makes a winning landing at the 2018 collegiate parachuting championships in Eloy, AZ. (Source: David Cherry)

In sport accuracy, skydivers try to land as close as possible to a target while flying across the ground at high speed.

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