As the year winds down, the year-end rankings are almost complete. There are only two more competitions (Tampico Open and Indoor Romashred) scheduled for 2003, and no more older competitions will fall off the rankings.
The biggest upward movers this month come from the only new result – the 2003 Arizona States. Arizona champion Randy Silvey scoots back into the top ten, shifting Pat Marron out of #9 by only 0.25 points. Silvey’s teammate Matt Gauthier, who hasn’t competed much in 2003, now has five solid results after his Arizona States win. It pays off as he moves back into the Top 20 at #19.
Rodney Sanchez and Jeff Kruger tied for second place in Arizona. Sanchez moves up to #24. Kruger holds at #15 but adds 15 valuable points to his total, narrowing the gap between him and #14 Pipo Lopez. Their standings could shift before spring is over. In April Lopez will lose 171 points from Paganello 2002, while Kruger loses none of his best results until July.
Cindy Kruger, Mary Lowry and Lisa Silvey tied Sanchez/J. Kruger for second place in Arizona. Lowry scores the biggest rankings jump, going from #71 all the way to #47. Silvey ties Reto Zimmerman’s point total of 381.5, but Zimmerman wins the tiebreaker because he accumulated his points in only two events. Silvey used 14 events to log the five results that added up to 381.5. She still moves up five spots to #41. Women’s #1 Cindy Kruger actually falls one spot for two reasons. First, Matt Gauthier leapfrogged over her. Second, two years ago she and Paul Kenny placed second in Arizona; that result was replaced by fewer points for a second place tie in 2003.
There were no significant changes on the Women’s rankings. The points that all the top female competitors received in the open division in Arizona are dwarfed by the points they receive in major women’s competitions.