Kauf, Andringa Win First U.S. Championships Moguls Titles
Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) and Jesse Andringa (Boulder, Colo.) each won their first U.S. Freestyle Championships individual moguls titles Saturday at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort.
“I feel like I've been trying for quite a few years and haven't been able to get there yet, so I'm really stoked with (the U.S. title),” said Kauf, who won the U.S. dual moguls title and finished third in the individual moguls at the 2017 U.S. Championships. “There is so much talent on the U.S. women's mogul team...to be able to walk away with a win and stand on top of the podium today means a lot.”
Hannah Soar (Killington, Vt.) posted a career-best U.S. Championship result, finishing second, while Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.), the defending U.S. Champion in dual moguls, posted a career-best individual result in third. Johnson will have the opportunity to defend her duals title Sunday at Waterville Valley.
In the men’s final, Andringa, who finished second last year at the U.S. Championships, edged-out a couple of young guns to take his first individual moguls title.
“It means a lot (to win the title),” Andringa said. “There is so much good talent out here, so much young talent out here, that just to be on the podium in an accomplishment in its own. To lay down a good run today, I’ve been struggling all week, it feels really good.”
Nick Page (Wasatch Freestyle/Salt Lake City, Utah) stepped up his game, finishing on the podium in second after finishing 34th at the U.S. Championships last season. While George McQuinn (Winter Park Competition Center/Winter Park, Colo.) improved upon his sixth-place finish from the 2018 U.S. Championships to round out the podium in third Saturday.