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Towson alumna breaks another record on “American Ninja Warrior”

A Towson University alumna continues to make history on American Ninja Warrior, a popular extreme challenge reality TV show that airs on NBC.

Kacy Catanzaro

Photo courtesy of American Ninja Warrior.

In June, Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman to successfully complete all obstacles—including the daunting “warped wall”—of the qualifying course to move on to the next round.

In a show-stopping performance Monday night in Dallas, the former TU gymnast became the first woman to complete all 10 obstacles of a city finals course.

“In the city finals competition, first you re-complete the first six obstacles (ending with the warped wall), then you have to tackle four new obstacles right after that to complete the course,” said Catanzaro, in an interview before the competition.

“No woman has ever conquered the warped wall, which means no woman has ever touched the obstacles that come afterwards, including the salmon ladder and much more. I want to be the first woman to conquer the warped wall, twice, and finish the city finals course. No woman has ever earned her spot to the Vegas finals, and I have my eyes set on making more history.”

Last night she accomplished this goal, and will later this summer move on to Stage 1 of the finals rounds in Las Vegas, where she will compete with other finalists on a punishing four-stage course. 

At just five feet tall, Catanzaro was an award-winning Division I all-around gymnast for the championship Towson team, which she led to a 20-5 record as a senior and a four-year mark of 75-16. As a senior, she was named the NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year and the ECAC Gymnast of the Year. She won the all-around title at the ECAC Championship meet and the ECAC title on the bars, before graduating in 2012 with a B.A. in early childhood education.

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