In 2368, Nova Squadron consisted of Cadet First Class Nicholas Locarno, Cadet Second Class Jean Hajar, Cadet Second Class Sito Jaxa, Cadet Third Class Wesley Crusher, and Cadet Joshua Albert. It was this team which won the Rigel Cup.
Shortly before commencement that year, on stardate 45703, the Nova Squadron flight team was involved in an accidental collision while practicing maneuvers for the graduation ceremony on the Academy Flight Range near the moons of Saturn. Cadet Albert was killed in the crash, while the other members of the team were able to activate their emergency transporters to escape their doomed ships.
Upon investigation, it was determined that the Nova Squadron was attempting to perform an unauthorized Kolvoord Starburst, a maneuver long prohibited by the Academy as a result of a similar accident in which all five cadets lost their lives. As a result of the inquiry and discovery of the apparent cover-up, the investigation board expelled Locarno and reprimanded the remaining cadets, voiding all credits for that year. (TNG: "The First Duty")