Miss Michigan Kristen Danyal -- who got cut after making the semi-finals in the Miss USA Pageant -- drowned her sorrows by hitting the bottle -- HARD ... and we got pics!!!
Kristen partied at LAVO nightclub after Miss Rhode Island snagged the crown. Kristen and a gaggle of smoking hot pageant rejects pounded Ketel One straight from the bottle.
A rep for Miss USA tells TMZ, the girls are under strict rules to be on their best behavior before and during the pageant -- but once it's over ... it's no holds barred.
So that's why everyone applauds at the end.