UCSD Debate Tornament
The Pt Loma Debate team won First Place at the UCSD Debate Tournament this weekend, followed by Cal Berkeley and Western Kentucky University (each place separated by only one sweepstakes point). Berkeley and Western Kentucky are two of the strongest programs in the country.
The Point Loma Novice debaters had a terrific tournament, with the top three novice teams tying for first place (Justin Thompson and Bethany Roquemore, Shelly Blair and Matthew Johnson, and Chris Gutierrez and Joy Wright). All three teams advanced to the semi final round, where Shelly and Matthew beat the other team in Semis - UCLA. Chris and Joy were officially considered Semi Finalists since we allowed the higher seeded team (Justin and Bethany) to advance to the semi finals. Awards were given to the top five novice debaters, all from Point Loma.
1st Place - Shelly Blair
2nd Place - Bethany Roquemore
3rd Place - Justin Thompson
4th Place - Rachel Brown
5th Place - Matthew Johnson
The senior teams also had a strong showing. Two of the teams advanced to the Octa Final round (Andrew Hoag and Griffith Vertican, and Jordan Cherry and Elly Garner). Two of the other teams (Kevin Davis and Ben Kautzer, and Ashley Nuckels and Zach Burton) had sufficient win loss records to advance but were eliminated on the speaker point tie breaker.
Our next tournament will be the Point Loma Round Robin Tournament of Champions and PLNU's Sunset Cliffs Classic to be hosted Feb 3, and Feb 4-5, respectively.