NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma incoming freshman Haley DeProspero (pronounced deh-PROSS-per-oh) placed 10th in the all-around competition at the U.S. Classic in Virginia Beach, Va., late Saturday, earning a trip to the Visa Championships in three weeks.
The 5-0 gymnast, who competes out of University of Gymnastics in Plano, Texas, placed 10th out of 33 of the nation’s top gymnasts in the International Senior Elite class.
Anastasia Liukin, also from Plano, Texas, won the event with a 38.132 score that included wins on uneven bars (9.783) and balance beam (9.666).
DeProspero’s 35.399 total was comprised of an 8.933 vault (14th place), 8.733 uneven bars routine (15th), 8.983 balance beam routine (eighth) and 8.750 floor exercise routine (seventh). (Scoring for the competition is different from the NCAA standard.) She was the top collegiate competitior in the field.
It was DeProspero’s best result at the U.S. Classic in four appearances. Her previous best result was 20th in 2002.
Jana Bieger of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass., took second and third in the all-around, respectively. Individual event champions were Annie DiLuzio of Folsom, Calif., vault; Liukin, uneven bars and balance beam; and Sacramone, floor exercise.
With her performance, DeProspero qualified for the Visa Championships, the national championships of USA Gymnastics, in Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 10-13. The Championships decide who will perform for the United States at the World Gymnastics Championships and pave the way for the 2008 Olympic Games.
DeProspero expects to improve on her two previous Visa Championships performances. The Texan placed 27th in 2002 and 24th in 2003. She missed competition in 2004 while recovering from a knee injury.