Classy Cats crowned back-to-back national champions

Classy Cats win national champ
The Classy Cats take first in the Division 1A Pom competition in the College Classic, crowing the team national champions. It’s the second year in a row the Classy Cats won the competition. (Photo courtesy of Grace Williams)

The Kansas State Classy Cats won the College Classic Division 1A Pom on Saturday in Orlando, Florida. The victory marks the second year in a row the team has taken first in its division.

Alongside the team’s first place in the Pom division, the Classy Cats placed third in Division 1A Jazz and fifth in Spirit Showdown. The dancers also competed in “The Battle,” a showdown between the top teams at the College Classic.

“It was a lot of pressure for sure to try and go back, especially since we had a lot of underclassmen this year,” Grace Williams, fourth-year-senior dancer in the Classy Cats, said. “But all the people who went to nationals really wanted to be there and it created a really positive environment.”

In previous years, the team placed first in the Pom contest in 2022, fourth in Division 1A Jazz in 2022 and third in the Jazz virtual contest in 2021.

I'm Carter Schaffer, the editor-in-chief of the Collegian. Previously I wrote for the news desk and did some photo/video work. I am a senior in mass communications with an emphasis in journalism, and I hope to work in news or video production one day. I've also interned at The Well News in Washington, D.C., through TFAS. I grew up in Andover, Kansas, home of the Andover Trojans, and I've been a Wildcat all my life.