Congratulations to the Region 4 Team for placing 5th at the second annual Regional Elite Team Championships (RETC) held at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO, on March 1, 2015. Representatives from Region 4 include: Shane Wiskus (MHG), Ivan Rutnitski (Salto), Lukas Texeira (Salto), Nick Busalacchi (Swiss Turners), Josiah Eng (Swiss Turners) and Michael Harris (Swiss Turners). Our Region 4 Team was coached by Vitali Rudnitski (Salto) and Doug Price (MHG). Complete results can be found here.
It was a tremendous experience for the gymnasts to compete head-to-head with the top gymnasts of each region in the country. According to Region 4 Chairman Dan Coon, the RETC was established in the fall of 2013 by the Junior Olympic Program Committee (JOPC) and is sponsored by USA Gymnastics as a premier event. Teams are currently comprised of gymnasts from the Junior Elite and Junior Olympic divisions. In the future as regions develop and strengthen their Junior Elite programs, teams may include only top Junior Elite gymnasts in each region. Of further note, the RETC competition will soon move to the platform at the American Cup, USA Gymnastics hosted elite senior level international competition.