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[Photo Story] A Look At The THON 2023 Pep Rally

If you weren’t lucky enough to experience the energy of the THON 2023 Pep Rally in person, our photographers were on the scene Saturday night to capture the vibes in all their glory.

Women’s lacrosse took home the crown after competing against electric performances from men’s gymnastics, the Lionettes, football, and more.

The Blue Band and Nittany Lion kicked off the event, and they were certainly in their element.

Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was named one of the emcees.

The Neelsters and Pat Kraft gave speeches about the special feeling they got when they entered THON for the first time. Kraft and James Franklin admitted that the THON pep rally White Out is better than Penn State football’s White Out.

Women’s volleyball, the first performer of the night, sported sequin jackets and danced to “Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas.

Men’s golf followed with a mashup of “Hot and Cold,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Marry You.”

Women’s gymnastics was in its Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias eras. Naturally, there were lots and lots and lots of flips. It’s almost like they’re professionals.

Men’s lacrosse was a crowd favorite with “Beauty and a Beat” by Justin Bieber. The team made sure to throw up some diamonds at the end of its performance.

Wrestling legend Bo Nickal shared some words of wisdom with the crowd during a short intermission.

Women’s soccer donned disco ball-esque outfits, which revealed “FTK” below the glitter. Men’s fencing followed.

Women’s golf took the stage after the Dancer Relations captains led a line dance. Its members wore flare jeans for a performance set to “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” and “Super Trouper.”

Football flexed its Rose Bowl win and got ~sturdy wit it.~

Nick Singleton showed off his hops, and Cristian Driver threw up Diamonds, FTK.

Keon Wylie is apparently a man of many talents.

Lookin’ good, 15. Drew Allar was all smiles for his first THON Pep Rally.

Women’s lacrosse took the stage just hours after dominating Drexel 15-6. Two Ws in one day!

The team sported fresh, all-black outfits and Jordans. 10/10. Give yourself a pat on the back, queens.

Men’s gymnastics was a fan favorite and received one of the loudest cheers of the night. It went the classic route by sporting its uniforms. The crew flipped around to some Bruno Mars.

Field hockey incorporated sticks into its “The Greatest Showman”-themed performance. This team understood the assignment.

Reigning champions men’s soccer had big shoes to fill. The outfits were mid, but boy can those fellas move. If the soccer thing doesn’t work out, we’d suggest trying out for the gymnastics team.

The Lionettes were the last performance, and the team certainly did not disappoint. These ladies were another fan favorite with their high kicks and luscious locks whipping back and forth. How do they manage to look so seamless?

Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford took to the stage to announce the winner: women’s lacrosse! Now that was a vibe.

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Colleen Nersten

Colleen is a washed-up biology grad and former associate editor. Her legacy will live on through stories like “10 Questions With State College Sensation ‘Hot UPS Bae’”. If you’re a STEM girlie, this is your sign to take the leap of faith and learn to write. It’s pretty fun. Colleen misses the hate mail and can be reached at [email protected] or via LinkedIn.

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