Morgan Sewall, a 14-year-old freshman at Scarborough High, earned the fourth and final berth in the U.S. figure skating national championships for novice ladies Friday at the Eastern Sectionals in Jamestown, N.Y.

In sixth place of 12 skaters after Thursday’s short program, Sewall overcame a fall Friday to place fourth in the free skate with a score that leap-frogged her over the girls in fourth and fifth place, with a two-day total of 98.50 points.

Skaters from Washington, D.C., and New Jersey finished at 98.19 and 97.63.

The top three places remained unchanged, with Madison Vinci (111.49), Brianna Laxon (110.41) and Olivia Serafini (103.30) advancing to the nationals in January at San Jose, Calif.

Sewall twice qualified for the junior nationals in the juvenile and intermediate divisions. This was her first attempt at the novice level, which involves more rigorous standards for advancing.

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