CORVALLIS, Ore. – Silvia Colussi-Pelaez has signed a financial aid agreement to join the Oregon State gymnastics program, head coach Tanya Chaplin announced Wednesday. Colussi-Pelaez, a transfer from Florida, completes the 2014 recruiting class that also includes two incoming freshmen.
“I am looking forward to Silvia joining the Oregon State gymnastics program this summer,”said. “Silvia brings a wealth of international competition experience and will be a major asset to the program. She has a very artistic quality to her gymnastics that immediately catches your attention. Silvia is an excellent student and a wonderful young woman and I want to welcome her to Oregon State University.”
Colussi-Pelaez, who trains on all four events, competed as a member of Spain’s national team at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, where she successfully performed a sideways aerial on the balance beam – a first in World or Olympic competition, the skill is now named the Colussi-Pelaez. In 2013, she finished third in the all-around and on vault, beam and floor exercise at the Spanish National Championships. She was also a member of Spain’s 2012 team at the London Olympic Test Event and a member of Spain’s 2011 World Championships team in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2014, coming off her World Championships training cycle, Colussi-Pelaez was part of Florida’s competitive lineup three times setting season-highs of 9.70 on vault and 9.75 on the floor. She added a season-high 9.80 in a bars exhibition and a 9.450 in an exhibition on the beam.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the gymnastics program at Oregon State,” Colussi-Pelaez said. “The coaches were extremely welcoming and supportive and team felt like a family. I love how the coaching staff is not only very involved in your gymnastics but also in your academics. During my visit I enjoyed the campus environment and I feel that all the support at OSU will allow me to excel in my athletics and academics.”
Colussi-Pelaez, who plans to study chemical engineering at OSU, will have three year of eligibility remaining when she arrives at Oregon State.2013-14 Oregon State Gymnastics NLI Signees
* Silvia Colussi-Pelaez – (Oakville, Ontario / Futures Gymnastics)
* Danielle Dessaints – (Henderson, Nev. / GymCats)
* Shireen Khamedoost – (Bountiful, Utah / Olympus School of Gymnastics)
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