DeProspero Contending for Top 10 at Nationals
August 11, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma freshman Haley DeProspero sits 15th overall after Thursday night’s first round of the Visa Championships at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

DeProspero scored 34.533 total points during the first day of action for the women.

Chellsie Memmel, the 2004 World Cup Finals uneven bars champion and U.S. Olympic team alternate, leads a star-studded top five for the all-around title with 38.382 points.

U.S. Classic runner-up Jana Bieger (37.615), U.S. Classic champion Nastia Liukin (37.515), 2004 World Cup vault champion Alicia Sacramone (37.016) and 2004 U.S. Classic runner-up Kassi Price (36.814) stand second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Individually, Sacramone is in front on vault (9.650) and floor (9.733), Liukin leads bars (9.750) and Memmel tops beam (9.700).

DeProspero began the night on floor exercise, placing ninth with an 8.9 (9.5 start value).  Her four major passes included a full-in pike, 3/1, whip to double pike and 2 twist.

On her vault rotation, she scored an 8.850 (9.4 start value) with a Yurchenko 1/1 to place 15th.

Disappointment reigned on her uneven bars routine as DeProspero netted only a 7.883 after touching her hand to the ground on the dismount, finishing last among all competitors.

However, in true champion form, the Plano, Texas, native fought back, taking sixth on the balance beam with an 8.9. DeProspero’s routine included a standing back 1/1 pike and switch leap back pike.

The final round for the senior women’s division begins Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. Central. The combined scores from the two rounds determine the all-around and individual event champions.

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