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Student-Athlete Pageant Raises Money to Send Former ND Track Stars to Rio Olympics

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Last Thursday night, Notre Dame student-athletes showed off their best hidden talents at the 2nd Annual Student-Athlete Pageant. Competitive jump roping, balloon animal making, and broadway musical reenactments were just some of the talents on display as 14 student-athletes competed for the titles of "Mr. and Ms. ND".


The pageant was organized by the Student Athlete Advisory Council to help raise funds to send three former Notre Dame track stars to the 2016 Rio Olympics; Patrick Feeney ('14), Chris Giesting ('15) and Jade Barber ('15). Their combined Notre Dame legacy includes 31 All-American honors, 12 Notre Dame school records, and a National Championship, which was won by Giesting in 2012.


Now, all three have qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics and are currently training at Notre Dame. This year, the current student-athletes decided to hold the pageant to help Feeney, Giesting and Barber raise money through their GoFundMe site to pursue their Olympic dream.


Football captains Joe Schmidt and Matthias Farley hosted the event and Matthias brought his puppy Harper along for the ride, as well. The 5-month-old German Shorthaired Pointer didn't spend much time on the stage, though, because she was too busy running around saying 'Hi' to everyone in the crowd and eating random things off the floor.


Below are some of the best moments from the 2nd Annual Student-Athlete Pageant.


Joe Schmidt's entrance.




When football player Sam Bush ('18) threw out Chipotle chips to the crowd.



When basketball player Hannah Huffman ('16) brought her cat Rascal on stage in this sweatshirt.


This fact about tennis player Eric Schnurrenberger ('16).



This amazing performance of Defying Gravity by hockey player Bo Brauer ('18) and rower Olivia Perham ('18).


When swimmer Sydney Golic ('16) made everyone think really hard with this question.



No surprise, that "Wicked" performance by Bo and Olivia won them the crown.


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