February 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM
On the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center, Springfield dancer Caroline Hozza counts her fingers to guess how long she has been standing so far.
"I think I've been dancing about 17 hours," Hozza (junior-psychology and biology) said around 10:20 a.m.
Still going strong, Hozza said she's been using her committee to keep her motivated. Besides her voice wearing out from singing along, she said she feels "absolutely great."
On the floor, kids and dancers run around with water guns and beach balls, playing with dancers and Moralers. Staying active is the key to doing well, dancer Benjamin Kolmer said.
"I've really been spending time with friends and staying active," Kolmer (senior-recreation, parks and tourism management) said.
He also said that so far, he is feeling great. Kolmer is taking advantage of his Moraler to stay active, he said.
Dancers are still staying active, doing things like playing with THON children and singing along to the music.
Kolmer guessed the time was 10:30 a.m. around 10:15 a.m., since dancers aren't allowed to know what time it is.
Hozza said she looks up to her committee cheering her on in the stands. She also said she received a care package from them during the first mail call, and that she is motivated by her friends in the committee.
She said she is looking forward to seeing her THON family, who will be here today.
Kolmer also said he is looking forward to spending time with kids in attendance.
"The whole thing has just been pretty awesome," Kolmer said.