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The Suburbanite
  • Coventry’s Sutter signs with Northern Illinois

  • Natalie Sutter will be using her gymnastics skills at a new level next fall after signing a full scholarship to compete for the Huskies of the University of Northern Illinois.

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  • Natalie Sutter will be using her gymnastics skills at a new level next fall after signing a full scholarship to compete for the Huskies of the University of Northern Illinois.
    A part of the sport since age 3, Sutter competed in club gymnastics through Gymnastics World in Brecksville. She attends Coventry High, which does not have a gymnastics team. Though not a sport through OHSAA, state tournaments are still held.
    Coach Ron Ganin talked about the development Sutter made from the time she came to her gym four years ago.
    “Coaching any child, they all have their ups and downs,” Ganin said. “But with Natalie, there were more ups than downs.”
    He said Sutter came in having troubles with backwards tumbling. Although a challenge to deal with, she worked on it and around her fears and benefited from it in the end.
    In 2007, Sutter won the bars, floor and All-Around competitions at the Ohio Level 9 state championships. She also placed seventh at the national in level 9 in All-Around.
    Sutter said she chose NIU because of the interest they showed over other schools she was considering.
    “They came to the gym to see if they were interested (in me),” Sutter said. “I then went on a recruiting trip (to NIU) and I liked the other teammates, the campus and they are strong in my major of physical therapy.”
    Another goal for Sutter will be to help a solid team reach the next level.
    “I am really looking forward to competing on the team,” she said. “Northern Illinois’ goal is to make it to the regionals, and I want to help them achieve that goal.”
    A change of scenery is another thing Sutter is looking forward to.
    “It’s going to be different, I’m going to miss the small classes, but I’m pretty excited about getting away from high school,” she said.
    Natalie’s parents are Peter and Christine Sutter.