Vasnick wins gold for parachuting

Sherman native and UConn student Zach Vasnick recently won a gold medal in the sport accuracy competition at the 2015 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.

The championships is the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world, held at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

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.

Vasnick won gold in the intermediate sport accuracy competition.

He wore a Spiderman suit for one of the jumps.

In this event, skydivers try to land their parachutes as close as possible to a target while flying across the ground at high speeds.

Vasnick is a senior accounting major.

He has completed more than 350 skydives.

He and his teammates train at Connecticut Parachutists Inc. in Ellington.