Men's Gymnastics
Illinois Gymnastics Ink Nationally Acclaimed Recruits


Feb. 2, 2001

University of Illinois head men's gymnastics coach Yoshi Hayasaki announced the signing of two of the nations best junior gymnasts, Peter Shostchuk and Benjamin Newman, to letters of intent for the 2001-02 season

Shostchuk, a native of Glen Gardner, N.J., comes to Illinois as one of the top-10 junior gymnasts in the country. He has competed both nationally and internationally since he was two years old. He is a five-time Pennsylvania all-around state champion and four-time state pommel horse champion. Shostchuk placed third on pommel horse and 12th in the all-around at the 2000 USA Championships and Olympic Trials. In three international competitions in Germany and Hungary, he won bronze medals in the all-around and has been a part of the Olympic Development program since 1990. Shostchuk is currently training with Surgents Elite Gymnasts under coaches Jim Surgent and Matt Stevenson.

Newman is also a successful junior national gymnast, claiming the Region 9 pommel horse championship in each of the last five years. He was also a silver medal All-American on the horse in 1997. During the 2000 regional competition, Newman placed second in the all-around, still rings and parallel bars, while taking the pommel horse title. The Denver, Colo., native has spent the last 12 years with Dardano's School of Gymnastics under Coach Kevin McMurchie. Newman is also a member of the varsity tennis team at George Washington High School.

"We feel really good about this class of gymnasts," Hayasaki said. "They will be able to compete right away for our squad next year and have the ability to be two of the best gymnasts in Illinois history."