By Sean Crotty
FLITE Team News
Once the sun was able to burn the fog off, Sun Valley, ID heated up with some dual mogul action during Duals Day at Junior Nationals.
HoliMont FLITE team athlete Lexi Crotty, coming into Junior Nationals ranked 45th in Dual Moguls, had to navigate a bracket with the Top Qualifying skier in it.
Crotty won her first dual in the round of 64 against the 32nd ranked skier 27-8. In the round of 32, she was pitted against the 9th ranked skier and defeated her 35- 0.
She then met fellow Eastern Division skier, and friend in the round of 16, beating her 29-6.
That victory earned her the right to ski against the No. 1 ranked skier in the round of 8. There Crotty lost her first dual by a close 19-16 margin. That ended her bid for first place, as the best she could do now was 5th place.
The dual she would have to win to keep that alive was against the 5th ranked skier, who she lost to 21-14. Hoping to end her duals on a winning note, she would have to do it against one of her friends, and former FLITE Team member, Elissa Cole. Crotty and Cole skied a great dual, which Crotty won 20-15 to secure 7th place.
Congratulations Lexi on a Top 8 Finish in Duals at Junior Nationals!
Crotty and Cole were joined in the Top 8 by former FLITE Team Athlete Maggie Ryan, who is the 2017 US Junior National Dual Moguls Champion!
Next up for both Crotty and fellow FLITE team athlete Wyatt Antkiewicz is US Nationals in Steamboat Springs CO from March 28-April 2. Ladies Qualification is Thursday, March 30, with Men’s Qualification and Finals and Ladies Finals on Friday, March 31. Dual Moguls will be on April 1.
In other FLITE team news, the B skiers were in Killington last weekend for Eastern Freestyle B Champs. Annie Dietrich took Top Honors on the Female side winning Female Junior Moguls. Sasha MacGregor had a strong showing finishing 11th in her age, 25th overall.
The men were led by RJ Cancilla who finished 3rd in M15, 6th overall, while Brandon Crotty improved his placing from his first run to finish 12th in his age; 22nd overall. Matthew Cancilla had a strong day, finishing 15th in his age, 32nd overall.
Excellent showing FLITE Team!