LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan. 19, 2017) – After hosting the Putnam Investment Freestyle Cup last weekend, aerials action continued at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, NY with the U.S. Freestyle Aerials National Championships. Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) and Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT) led the U.S. team, both winning the national titles.
The U.S. team was joined by competitors from Russia, Canada, Great Britain, Kazakstan and Switzerland. Stanislav Nitkin and Liubov Nikitina, both from Russia, took the wins for the day. McKinnon and Bohonnon were the top U.S. finishers, each landing a second and third place respectively. Bohonnon competed with a double full, full, full and finished with a score of 109.05. McKinnon competed with a full, double full and finished with a score of 81.42, earning her first national title.
Coming off a second place finish at the World Cup last weekend, Bohonnon was carrying momentum into nationals. Changing conditions made it difficult to get the speeds just right, but he was able to lay down yet another set of solid jumps.
“I was very pleased with the way I jumped today,” said Bohonnon. “Changing conditions made our speeds inconsistent, and I left a little bit on the table, but I was happy to land all my competition jumps and come away with the title.”