Performance Meets Fashion: Former Jayhawk Crowned Miss Kansas


2 Time High School All-American Wins Prestigious Pageant Title

Carmichael crowned Miss Kansas USA 2017 (Courtesy: Laurel Austin Studios)
Carmichael crowned Miss Kansas USA 2017 (Courtesy: Laurel Austin Studios)

From a young age many young girls dream of becoming a princess, or even becoming their favorite Disney character. Others imagine chasing the dream of becoming the next big star in their favorite sport. For Catherine Carmichael, both of those dreams became a reality as she was crowned Miss Kansas USA 2017. A former Kansas Jayhawk (’09-’13), Carmichael took the crown in Mulvane, Kansas after three days of competition. In addition to winning the crown and the sash, Carmichael also walked away with the swimsuit title as well.

Catherine Carmichael blocks during a match at Kansas (Courtesy: Jess Jacobsen)
Catherine Carmichael blocks during a match at Kansas (Courtesy: Jess Jacobsen)

During her 5-year career at Kansas, the 6’2″ Carmichael started 27 matches and notched impressive performances throughout her career. During her senior season in 2013, Carmichael shined bright with career bests throughout the year. Performances included putting up 10 matches of 10 or more kills and even having a 3-game streak in which she set her career high 19 kills. She even contributed to her team’s success that year when she recorded 11 big kills against Wichita State to move through the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

After finishing her indoor career, Carmichael started into pageantry as her new “competitive” filler. Having done competitions as a young girl, Carmichael had hung up her tiara after entering into competitive sports. After graduation, she needed that competitiveness again:

“I got back into it to feed my competitive spirit and got a coach,” she said. “A lot of people view doing pageants as a whole different realm from playing volleyball and working in football recruiting, but it really isn’t.”

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cshbal2xaaaytlcThough training and winning the pageant took a lot of Catherine’s time, she didn’t let it take away from her work. Not straying away from her Alma Mater, Carmichael is the Assistant Director of Recruiting with the Jayhawk’s Football program. Her strong connections with her school even gave her the opportunity to serve as Grand Marshall over KU’s Homecoming celebration.

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