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Six senior Oregon State gymnasts will be making their final appearance in Gill Coliseum on Saturday.

Erika Aufiero has been around for five years. Megan Jimenez and Taylor Ricci have been contributing to the team for four.

Kaytianna McMillan, Madeline Gardiner and Aufiero will leave Gill with all-American honors under their belts and the possibility of more coming in a few weeks.

Then there's Silvia Colussi-Pelaez. Yep, she's also a senior. It's been three seasons since she transferred from Florida.

"I've been here for three years now but it definitely feels like I've been here the whole time with this team. When I came, they just took me in as one of their own," Colussi-Pelaez said.

"It definitely goes by fast, but it's been a really great journey."

Colussi-Pelaez has enjoyed working alongside her fellow seniors and recognizes the benefits of practicing with gymnasts of such a high level.

She has also been able to spend two seasons as a teammate with her sister Mariana.

"Training and competing with those girls is just absolutely amazing," Colussi-Pelaez said. "They're incredible people both inside and outside of the gym. I look up to them every day and training with them has been really motivational and inspiring. They push me to be better every day."

Colussi-Pelaez said she looks up to her fellow seniors because of their experience and accomplishments.

"Trying to be calm and composed like Kaytianna, I definitely look up to her a lot, and Erika, who is a fifth-year now," Colussi-Pelaez said.

"Kaytianna is one of our captains this year and she's always super positive and really motivating. And I mean all of the seniors are like that. I think that this year not only the seniors but all of the girls have really been pushing each other and been really positive and motivational to everybody so that we can do really well as a team, so that's been awesome to see."

The gymnasts have enjoyed their time with Colussi-Pelaez. Gardiner roomed with her in past years and they plan to be roommates next year.

Gardiner described Colussi-Pelaez as one of her best friends.

"She's goofy. She has the very same sense of humor as I do and the way that she kind of deals with things is joking around," Gardiner said. "And so her and I are very close because of that."

Colussi-Pelaez has made the most of her opportunities as a senior.

She has put up strong scores throughout most of the season on beam with a career-high of 9.900 two weeks ago at Stanford. She also has two scores of 9.875, a 9.850 and a 9.825.

She was a late addition to the floor lineup for the Beavers, but has made an immediate impact with a 9.875 at California, a 9.900 at Stanford and a 9.900 last week against Washington. Both 9.900s were career-highs.

"I definitely think this season in particular on floor she really stepped it up," McMillan said. "She worked so hard all preseason to get her floor routine ready and she broke into that floor lineup a couple weeks ago and she's been one of our highest scores ever since."

She's been one of the keys to OSU's deep and strong event lineups this season.

The Beavers have made a push into the top 10 of the rankings in the second half of the season and are looking to enter the postseason just as they are peaking.

"This year has been really, really great. I think it's been one of our best years. Definitely the chemistry on our team has been the best since I've been here," Colussi-Pelaez said.

"Everyone's been pushing each other really hard and we've been really putting in the work and doing well and it's shown throughout the season. So I'm very excited for how we're doing and the great things that we still have left to do in postseason."

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