Las Vegas native Zachary Beavor won a gold medal and helped set a new national record last week at the 2015 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world, held at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.
McDonald is a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
The competition drew more than 100 collegiate skydivers from around the country—the biggest Collegiate Nationals in six years—to compete for the title of national champion in four spectacular skydiving disciplines: Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Sport Accuracy and Classic Accuracy.
Beavor and his team won gold in the 6-way speed formation skydiving event, in which the team leaps from an aircraft and tries to build a pre-designated formation in the fastest time possible.
Beavor’s team also set a new national record by completing a formation in a blazing 5.26 seconds.
Beavor is a junior majoring in engineering management. He has completed more than 400 skydives.