NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma incoming freshman gymnast Haley DeProspero (pronounced deh-PROSS-per-oh) will participate at the U.S. Classic in Virginia Beach, Va., July 22-23.
The U.S. Classic hosts the nation’s top-100 elite gymnasts as they make their final attempt to qualify for the 2005 Visa Championships. The top 14 in the junior and senior divisions advance to the Championships, set for Aug. 10-13 in Indianapolis, Ind., provided they meet the minimum score standard.
“I’m tremendously excited to have the opportunity to compete with some of the best gymnasts in the world,” DeProspero said. “Coming off the injury I suffered last year, to get to this point, makes me feel very good about my ability.”
DeProspero suffered a knee injury in 2004 that kept her from competing for much of the year. The 5-0 senior elite gymnast is a veteran of two U.S. National Championships and three U.S. Classics.
Among those participating in the U.S. Classic are double 2003 World Championship gold-medalist Chellsie Memmel of West Allis, Wis., and 2004 World Cup Final vault champion Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass.
The Visa Championships are the national championships of USA Gymnastics, held at Conseco Fieldhouse and the Indiana Convention Center, Aug. 10-13. Competition includes men's and women's artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics. The Visa Championships pave the way to the World Gymnastics Championships and the 2008 Olympic Games.
“Haley was one of the most highly recruited athletes this year and we are truly excited that she has chosen the University of Oklahoma,” said Nunno, upon her signing a national letter of intent with OU. “There is no doubt in my mind that Haley will become a record holder here for women’s gymnastics. She is coming in at the perfect time as we will probably have our most promising team ever in 2006.”
Haley is the daughter of Bob, a former OU wrestler, and Dayna DeProspero, a former OU gymnast. She trains at the University of Gymnastics in Plano, Texas.