Haley DeProspero
NORMAN, Okla.-- The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team announced the signing of Ashley Jackson and Haley DeProspero (pronounced deh-PROSS-per-oh) to National Letters of Intent today. Jackson, a native of Hudsonville, Michigan, is a 5-1 gymnast that placed fifth in the all-around at the 2004 Junior Nationals.  DeProspero, a native of McKinney, Texas, is a 5-0 elite gymnast who finished first in the all-around, balance beam and floor exercise at the 2004 Pike’s Peak Cup.

“We are excited today to announce the signing of these two exceptional gymnasts,” said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno.  “Haley is one of the most talented athletes in the country and Ashley is one of the most powerful athletes to ever join our team.”

DeProspero competed in the 2003 and 2002 U.S. National Championships finishing 24th and 27th, respectively.  In addition to DeProspero’s three first place finishes at the 2004 Pike Peak Cup, she also finished in the top five on three events (3rd-AA, 2nd-beam, 3rd-floor) at the 2004 Sand Dollar Invite.  Haley is the daughter of Bob and Dayna DeProspero, both graduates of OU.

“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. “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.”

Ashley Jackson
Jackson had a successful outing at the 2004 Junior Nationals in which she not only placed fifth in the all-around but  recorded three other top ten finishes.  Jackson took ninth on the uneven bars, third on the beam and fifth on the floor exercise at the meet.  In other action this year, Jackson was the Michigan State Champion and also placed third in the all-around at the 2004 Region 5 Regionals.  The Michigan native also has some international experience, competing with the Region 5 Team at meets in El Salvador and China this past year.  Ashley is the daughter of Francis and Minerva Jackson.

“Ashley has a wonderful personality that sparks excitement with everyone she meets,” said Nunno. “She is a great all-around performer and in the words of her coaches, she’s money in the bank’ when it comes to competing.”

The 2005 edition of the Sooners will open the season on Jan. 7 in Cancun, Mexico in the Second Annual Cancun Gymnastics Classic with Brigham Young, George Washington and Gustavus Adolphus College (Division III).

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