Azusa Pacific Cougar Classic

Saturday, October 17, 2009 (All day) - Sunday, October 18, 2009 (All day)

In the second of the two speech and debate tournaments being hosted this weekend, known as the California Double Up swing between Concordia University Irvine and Azusa Pacific University, the PLNU debaters again met with success, though not quite as widespread as at the Concordia tournament on Friday.

Both PLNU Junior Parliamentary debate teams advanced to the Bronze round, where Kim Jensen and Jonothan Sonoda dropped, earning Bronze medals. The team of Michelle Diaz and Andrew Schalin won their Bronze round and advanced to the Gold Silver round, where they won a Gold medal. Andrew also won Third Place Speaker, and Michelle won the First Place Speaker award for the division.

In the Senior Division of Parliamentary Debate we had two debate teams with winning records that missed advancing to the Octafinal round on a tie breaker of speaker points.

Two other PLNU Senior teams did advance to elimination rounds. Barbara Gausewitz and Ciera Wilson dropped in Octafinals, and Katie Lucas and Daniel Nadal won their Octafinal, Quarter Final and Semifinal rounds to advance to the final round before dropping to the University of the Pacific in the final round. Katie and Daniel also were awarded trophies for being named Second Place and Third Place Speakers respectively in the Senior Division.

In individual events at this APU tournament, some of our new students did very well. Transfer student Ashley Nuckels advanced to the final rounds in both senior division of extemporaneous and persuasion. Freshman Andrew Schalin was placed in the senior division due to some home school speech training. He tied for 2nd place but ended up in 4th places after applying tie breakers. Michelle Diaz won top novice speaker in Open Informative when divisions were collapsed.

For sweepstakes awards at these tournaments, Point Loma Nazarene University won 3rd place in both the Debate only sweepstakes race, and 3rd place in the combined all around division.