2020 Elite Team Cup: Region 3 wins fifth-consecutive title

By Patricia Duffy | February 21, 2020
2020 Elite Team Cup: Region 3 wins fifth-consecutive title
Courtesy USA Gymnastics

LAS VEGAS, February 21, 2020 – Region 3 successfully defended its team title at the 2020 Elite Team Cup, which features the country’s top junior elite male gymnasts in a regional team competition, at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The Elite Team Cup coincides with the 2020 Winter Cup Challenge, the men’s winter re-ranking event as well as the qualifier to the 2020 U.S. Championships.

Region 3 earned a team total of 312.000, which included the top team scores for the pommel horse, still rings and parallel bars. Region 6 took second place at 305.750 and had the top team score for the floor exercise. Region 1 rounded out the top three at 301.100 and earned the top team scores for the vault and horizontal bar. 

Region 3 consists of team members: Fuzzy Benas of Richmond, Texas/EnRich Gymnastics; Dallas Hale of Frisco, Texas/WOGA; Asher Hong of Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy; Zachary Nunez of Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy; Daniel Simmons of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy; Oliver Zavel of Lakeway, Texas/Crenshaw’s Athletic Club; Cameron Lee of Frisco, Texas/WOGA; and Caden Clinton of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy. 

Region 6 team members include: Matthew Cormier of Milton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy; Luke Esparo of North Haven, Conn./New Era Gymnastics; Chris Hiser of Longmeadow, Mass./Daggett Gymnastics; Ian Lasic-Ellis of Dover, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy; Luke McFarland of East Hartland, Conn./Daggett Gymnastics; Frederick Richard of Stoughton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy; Syam Buradagunta of Westborough, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy; Steven Manolakis of Hanover, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy; and Alex Vandendries of Chestnut Hill, Mass./New England Academy of Gymnastics.

In third, the squad for Region 1 included: Jeremy Bischoff of Canyon Country, Calif./Wallers GymJam Academy; Jack Critz of Huntington Beach, Calif./SCATS; Joseph Pepe of Peoria, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics; David Rauchwerger of San Francisco, Calif./Accel Gymnastics; and Tyler Shimizu of Newark, Calif./WCOGA.

The team scores all nine regional teams are listed below.

1.     Region 3: total, 312.000; floor exercise, 52.400; pommel horse, 51.950; still rings, 51.900; vault, 55.100; parallel bars, 51.650; and horizontal bar, 49.000.

2.     Region 6: total, 305.750; floor exercise, 53.300; pommel horse, 48.200; still rings, 51.100; vault, 54.900; parallel bars, 49.700; and horizontal bar, 48.550.

3.     Region 1: total, 301.100; floor exercise, 49.800; pommel horse, 45.450; still rings, 50.950; vault, 55.300; parallel bars, 49.100; and horizontal bar, 50.500.

4.     Region 5: total, 299.650; floor exercise, 51.000; pommel horse, 44.800; still rings, 49.450; vault, 54.650; parallel bars, 50.750; and horizontal bar, 49.000.

5.     Region 9: total, 298.600; floor exercise, 49.400; pommel horse, 47.900; still rings, 49.700; vault, 53.900; parallel bars, 50.300; and horizontal bar, 47.400.

6.     Region 8: total, 298.200; floor exercise, 50.000; pommel horse, 49.600; still rings, 50.200; vault, 52.250; parallel bars, 48.400; and horizontal bar, 47.750.

7.     Region 2: total, 292.950; floor exercise, 49.950; pommel horse, 46.600; still rings, 47.250; vault, 53.000; parallel bars, 49.700; and horizontal bar, 46.450.

8.     Region 7: total, 288.800; floor exercise, 48.700; pommel horse, 46.300; still rings, 49.050; vault, 52.400; parallel bars, 46.600; and horizontal bar, 45.750.

9.     Region 4: total, 282.500; floor exercise, 48.350; pommel horse, 44.850; still rings, 45.250; vault, 51.600; parallel bars, 47.000; and horizontal bar, 45.450.

The Elite Team Cup features nine men’s Regional Teams, each consisting of six junior elite gymnasts. The states included in each region are as follows:

Region IRegion IIRegion III
California – NorthIdahoKansas
California – SouthMontanaLouisiana
Region IVRegion VRegion VI
North DakotaMichiganNew Hampshire
South DakotaOhioRhode Island
Wisconsin Vermont
Region VIIRegion VIIIRegion IX
MarylandFloridaNew Mexico
New JerseyGeorgiaUtah
New YorkMississippiWyoming
PennsylvaniaNorth Carolina 
VirginiaSouth Carolina 
West VirginiaTennessee 

This press release originally appeared on usagym.org.