Kauf, Andringa Sweep Moguls Titles at U.S. Freestyle Championships
Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) and Jesse Andringa (Boulder, Colo.) made it back-to-back victories at the 2019 Toyota U.S. Freestyle Championship dual moguls Sunday at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort.
Both U.S. Freestyle Team athletes picked up their first individual U.S. moguls titles Saturday and carried that championship momentum into Sunday’s dual moguls where Kauf picked up her second duals national title, and Andringa won his first duals title.
“The competition was pretty tough today,” Kauf said. “Starting in the first round...I was nervous for every dual. In duals, the fun thing is that anything can happen at any point, so I was really focusing I just keeping it together.”
In the finals, Kauf defeated Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, Calif.), the 2014 FIS Junior World Champion in dual moguls, for the victory. Hannah Soar (Killington, Vt.) landed on the podium for the second consecutive day, defeating Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.) in the small final for third.
In the men’s final, Andringa came in with a plan and defeated Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, N.Y.) for the victory.
“My plan was to hit that top air, land really clean and ski the first six to 10 moguls pretty slow and just get my balance point, and then from faster and faster and faster until I hit bottom air,” Andringa said. “The competition was hot today, it was fast, and it was fun!”
Bradley Wilson (Butte, Mont.) rounded out the podium in third, defeating Jack Kariotis (Tiburon, Calif.) in the small final.