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It's hard to imagine a better senior day for the Oregon State gymnastics team.

Or for senior Kaytianna McMillan.

The Beavers scored a 197.475, the fifth-highest team total in the school record books. Illinois-Chicago finished with 193.550.

Leading the way was McMillan, who landed a 10.00 on bars in her final meet in Gill Coliseum.

"It's absolutely incredible," McMillan said. "I don't think there's any words to describe the feeling that you have when you see that score being flashed. That's what we work for every day in the gym is that perfect 10, the perfection.

"I think it's just incredible on senior night, it's already such a special night to get that score."

McMillan was mobbed by her teammates when the score was revealed.

"There was people all on top of me and so there was a lot of jumping and screaming," she said. "It was a happy moment."

The 197.475 was the third straight score above 197 for the Beavers.

"I don't think we really think about the score so much and that was just the cherry on the top of this night," senior Madeline Gardiner said. "This night was a celebration, for sure, of all the hard work we've done and all the hours we've put in and how far we've come and I think that really showed and our hard work paid off."

It was an emotional day for the seniors and tears were shed after the meet during the ceremony for the five.

"It's so emotional to me," Gardiner said. "I absolutely love Beaver Nation. I love being in Gill. There's no feeling that's better. And after my floor routine, Michael (Chaplin) was like, 'wave goodbye,' like 'you did a good job.' And I was like, tears. But I'm so thankful to be able to be out there. It's just so amazing."

McMillan scored a 39.650 to win the all-around and had a 9.950 on floor.

All five seniors — McMillan, Gardiner, Erika Aufiero, Silvia Colussi-Pelaez, Megan Jimenez and Taylor Ricci — contributed to the win.

Gardiner scored a 9.925 to anchor beam. Aufiero had a 9.900 on bars and a 9.875 on floor.

Colussi-Pelaez scored a 9.875 on beam and a 9.900 on floor. Jimenez led off beam with a 9.775 and Ricci led off floor with a 9.825.

The Beavers scored a 49.200 on vault with 9.850s from Mary Jacobsen and McMillan setting up Dani Dessaints for her 9.950.

The big score came on bars with a 49.500. Not only did McMillan land her 10.0, but it was sandwiched with 9.900s by McKenna Singley and Aufiero and Jacobsen and Shireen Khamedoost both added 9.850s. 

Dessaints scored a 9.900 to set up Gardiner on beam and a total of 49.325.

The Beavers finished with a 49.450 on floor. Isis Lowery landed a 9.900 to go with big scores from Aufiero, Colussi-Pelaez and McMillan.

Aufiero said this is a special team and it stands out in her five seasons with the gymnastics program.

"There's really nothing like it," Aufiero said. "I've been on five different teams and there's really not a team like it. The closest thing I think is my freshman year, winning Pac-12s. That was a really special moment and we're not even in postseason yet and there's been moments that are comparable to that if not even more special than that."

The Beavers will compete in the Pac-12 Championships at Stanford next week.

Aufiero, Gardiner and McMillan were confident about the outcome.

"We're going to win Pac-12s," McMillan said.

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