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West Fargo, Fargo gymnasts qualify for Western National Championships

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

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.