Ranking Casey Kummer’s Overnight THON 2021 Interviews

Since THON is virtual this year, dancers are given a rest period between midnight and 6 a.m. while the 46Live stream stops supplying ~new~ content.

During the graveyard shift of covering THON, we noticed that 46Live was airing Casey Kummer’s interviews with those who have been involved with THON in recent years.

There are six hours to fill but only a limited number of interviews, so we figured the best we could do was watch a few (again) ((and again)) and power rank ’em.

No. 7Anna Mansfield

Mansfield was a dancer in 2020. She explained that she started stretching and working out at least two weeks before THON so she could build up her strength. Mansfield also tried to get as much sleep as possible to prepare for staying awake for 46 hours.

No. 6Alexis Neimeyer

Neimeyer experienced her first THON when she visited her sister who was a dancer. She danced for AYUDA in 2019 and talked about the process of being selected as a dancer with Kummer. Neimeyer started her high school’s first mini-THON when she was a senior, which is super cool.

No. 5Sarah Thompson

Alumna Sarah Thompson was a dancer for the figure skating team in 2020, an org that Kummer also danced for.

“I wasn’t expecting how emotional it was to walk into the BJC for the first time, walking through the tunnel of people just cheering you on,” Thompson said.

Yes, THON at the BJC is quite the scene. You know what’s better? It’s 3:45 a.m., and we’re wondering when we’ll get to see the inside of the BJC to see Dancer Relations captains do the line dance.

No. 4Caroline Castora

Castora is the fundraising chair for Orchesis Dance Company this year, and it sounds like the group’s fundraising was a hit. The org put on virtual dance classes with the help of alumni and local dance companies across the country.

Great interview, but I think she should’ve given us all a snippet of their fundraising tactics. I want to see Casey Kummer dance!

No. 3 — Emily Tuite

In 2020, Tuite won the lottery to be part of the Independent Dance Couple. She told Kummer that she didn’t see the email telling her she got the spot until her THON dance partner called her to tell her the news. She also talked about how she loved seeing everyone and everything come together for the cause.

No. 2Casey Kummer

“Up Close and Personal” with Casey Kummer, a one-on-one interview by Casey Kummer. Her interview was actually pretty cool and explained that she danced for the skating team her freshman year.

Kummer has a personal connection to THON and discussed her family’s relationship with battling cancer.

“I truly feel like these families have left as much of an impact on my life as I hope I have on theirs,” Kummer said.

No. 1Katelyn Kovatch

In 2020, Kovatch danced as a solo dancer for Sigma Sigma Sigma and was paired with a dancer from Tau Kappa Epsilon. Kovatch talked about how the hardest part of being selected as a dancer was that she didn’t want to compete against her sisters, she just wanted to dance with them.

Kovatch’s interview landed the No. 1 pick because it was the last one I rewatched, honestly.

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