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Ali Horsager performs her routine during a meet in Grand Forks. Kevin Kettner / Special to the West Fargo Pioneer

West Fargo, Fargo gymnasts qualify for Western National Championships


Local gymnasts Sienna Crouse, Ali Horsager and Savana Kettner have all qualified to compete at the USAG Level 9 Western National Championships, to be held May 6-8 in San Diego.


All are Level 9 athletes at TNT Kid's Fitness and Gymnastics Academy in Fargo.

Crouse, Horsager and Kettner captured individual event titles at the USAG Region 4 Gymnastics Championships, recently held at the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Crouse, an eighth-grade student at Cheney Middle School, notched a score of 9.725 on the uneven bars - the highest score awarded on the event throughout the entire weekend - to win the event title and help her to a third-place finish in the all-around of the Junior D division of the competition with a score of 36.525. She also earned second place on the floor exercise (9.275) and ninth place on the vault (9.075).

Horsager, a sophomore at West Fargo High School, was awarded a score of 9.350 to earn a share of the balance beam title, and help her to an all-around score of 36.150, which was good enough for a fifth-place finish in the Senior B division of the competition. Horsager also finished ninth on the floor exercise (9.025) and 12th on the vault (9.025).

Kettner, a sophomore at Fargo South Senior High School, finished first on the vault with a score of 9.200 to help her to a third-place all-around finish in the Senior C division of the competition with a score of 35.450. Kettner also earned a second-place finish on the floor exercise (9.325) and a sixth place finish on the uneven bars (8.625).

Athletes must finish in the Top 12 in the all-around of their respective age division at the regional competition to advance to the national championships.

TNT boys team athlete Alejandro Mullerdahlberg also earned a championship title on the pommel horse at the Region 4 USAG Men's Gymnastics Championships, held in Milwaukee, Wis., April 1-3. Mullerdahlberg bested his competition by less than a point to earn the title in the 12-and-older age division of the Level 5 competition.