Morgan Sewall of Scarborough is a New England champion.

Sewall, 14, won the novice ladies figure skating competition Tuesday at the New England championships at the Skating Club of Boston.

Although she fell while attempting a double axel and finished second in the free skate, Sewall had built a large-enough lead in winning the short program Monday night to clinch the overall championship with 104.97 points to 103.66 for the runner-up, Marissa Gottlieb of Sudbury, Mass.

Gottlieb placed fourth in the short program and won the free skate, scoring 68.44 to Sewall’s 67.59.

“It wasn’t a perfect program,” said Carol Pichette, Sewall’s coach at the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club. “But she’s worked so hard this season for this.”

In previous years at the New Englands, Sewall placed fourth as a juvenile and third as an intermediate.

She advanced to the nationals both times.

In novice, the top four skaters advance to the Eastern Sectionals (scheduled for November at Jamestown, N.Y.), where another top-four finish is required to advance to the nationals.

Along with junior and senior skaters, the national championships for novice skaters will be held in January in San Jose, Calif.

Sewall is a freshman at Scarborough High. Her highest scoring element Tuesday was a combination jump that included a double axel and double toe loop.

• Franz-Peter Jerosch, 10, from Yarmouth, took the silver medal in the juvenile boys’ free skate competition Monday. Jerosch trains at the Portland Ice Arena and Family Ice Center in Falmouth.

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