Grand Haven 12-year-old Natalie Koetsier was named the National Gymnastics All-Around Champion at the AAU Nationals Gymnastics Competition in Geneva, Ohio, on Sunday.
Koetsier, who trains at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA, placed sixth in the vault with a 9.2; seventh on uneven bars with a 9.075; sixth on the floor with 9.1; and was the national champion in the beam with a 9.225. That gave her an all-around score of 36.6.
The judges originally did not count one of Koetsier’s connections on the beam and dropped her score down to 8.725, but coach Suzie Eller argued the point and the judges changed their score, which put her into contention for the all-around championship. She finished five-hundredths of a point ahead of the next-nearest competitor.
Koetsier has been involved in competitive gymnastics for the past seven years and took her first gymnastics class when she was just 18 months old.
She was joined at the national championships by fellow Tri-Cities Family YMCA gymnasts Lydia Koetsier, 8; Morgan Carlson, 13; and Riley Corrigan, 9.
Each of them finished in the top 15 in all-around in their age group.