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Conzemius qualifies for national gymnastics meet

One night at gymnastics practice for her daughter, Joyce and Mike Conzemius decided that they'd had enough. Their sons, especially 4-year-old Mitchell, couldn't stand still. He ran around the Hastings Gymnastics Center with boundless energy, so they decided to take action.

That was when Joyce Conzemius signed Mitchell up for a class just to give him something to do.

Well, that worked out pretty well.

Now a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Hastings Middle School, Conzemius just qualified for the Junior Olympic National Championships in Portland, Ore. He will be competing there next week.

Conzemius qualified by placing fifth in the all-around at a recent regional meet. He won the high bar, placed third on the parallel bars, took sixth on the vault and 13th on the pommel horse.

Conzemius travels 75 minutes each way five days a week to train at a gym in Chanhassen, spending about 20 hours a week in training. He's hoping to advance up the levels in gymnastics (he is a Level 8 competitor now) and someday compete in college.

The region that Minnesota competes in includes gymnasts from Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Vova's finish

Another gymnast from Hastings, Vova Tipler, also fared well at the region meet.

Tipler, competing with TAGS South in Apple Valley, placed first on the floor exercise with a score of 12.1 and first on rings with a score of 12.35. He had an all-around score of 68.1.

Tipler is a Level 8 gymnast and will move up to Level 9 next year.

During the gymnastics season, Tipler also competed on the swimming and diving team, earning a letter as a diver. He plans to compete in both sports again next year.

He is the son of Karrie and Dan Tipler of Hastings.