Bowen and Northrop Top Americans in Lake Placid
The U.S. aerials squad put on a good show for a hometown crowd Friday on the first night of the Putnam Investments Freestyle Cup. Morgan Northrop (Haymarket, Va.), Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.), Mac Bohonnon (Madison, Conn.), Jon Lillis (Rochester, N.Y.) and Alex Bowen (Springville, N.Y.) advanced to finals, but all failed to make the super finals. Northrop was the top finisher, posted her best result of the season in seventh place.
Australia’s Lydia Lassila took the win for the women, performing a double full, full and scoring a 99.75. Lassila’s teammate Laura Peel joined her on the podium in third place, with Belarusian Hanna Huskova in second. Caldwell performed a full, full, full in finals and was clean in her execution, but missed her landing, finishing in ninth place.
On the men’s side, China’s Zongyang Jia stomped his full, double full, full to score a 126.99 and the win. Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko was second and Canada’s Oliver Rochon third. U.S. jumpers Bowen, Lillis, Bohonnon and Nick Novak (Prince William, Va.) finishes tenth, 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.
Aerials action continues Saturday night with the second World Cup competition of the weekend. Finals will begin at 8 p.m. EST.