Friday, November 6, 2009 (All day) - Sunday, November 8, 2009 (All day)
University of the Pacific, Stockton

The PLNU Speech and Debate team returned on Monday afternoon from a five day trip to Stockton, where we participated in three tournaments at the University of the Pacific. The big news is that out of a very competitive field of 36 colleges and universities largely from throughout the western United States, PLNU came in Fourth Place overall with just ten students, about half our normal team size. As I recall the top three teams were the host school of UOP, CSU Long Beach and Rice University.

Of the five Senior division teams we had competing, four advanced to the elimination round and the fifth just missed advancing on a tie breaker (speaker points). The PLNU team that advanced the furthest (Danielle Lawson and Ashley Nuckels) ended up having to hit the number one seeded team from Southern Illinois University twice before exiting the tournament. This SIU team has won many if not most of the national circuit tournaments the past several years.

The specific results are listed below, but there were three things especially exciting about this tournament weekend at UoP. First, this is normally a very difficult tournament for us where we have not typically met with much success. This year provided many encouraging competitive results, instead of the traditional “Oh well, it was a nice learning opportunity” moments. It was another solid performance by the debaters with Mac Andrews placing the highest of our speakers, and a much stronger showing by our individual events competitors. In fact 9 of the 10 competitors earned trophies in their individual events.

Second, we had a chance to reconnect with some recent and some not so recent alumni, from Angela Compton and Elly Garner who helped us coach and covered judging commitments, to Michael Whitcomb an alumni living in the area from many years ago at Pasadena College, I believe when Dr. James Jackson ran the speech team.

Third, various coaches from northern California community colleges were kind enough to pull several of their best and brightest students aside to introduce to me in hopes that they may be competing for us next year. It was a nice blend of the past, the present and the future.

Open division of competition results

  • Ian Sharpels – Quarter Finalist in Lincoln Douglass Debate
  • Ashley Nuckels – 6th Place Extemp; Semi Finalist Impromptu
  • Grant Beeson – Semi Finalist Extemp
  • Daniel Nadal – Semi Finalist Impromptu
  • Katie Lucas - Semi Finalist in Impromptu
  • Ciera Wilson – Semi Finalist in Impromptu
  • Danielle Lawson – 4th Place Impromptu
  • Caitlyn Burford – Programmed Oral Interpretation – Finalist
  • Barbara Gausewitz and Caitlyn Burford – Duo Interpretation – 3rd place.

Open parliamentary debate results

  • Ashley Nuckels and Danielle Lawson – Octafinalists
  • Grant Beeson and Ian Sharpels – Double Octafinalists
  • Caitlyn Burford and Mac Andrews – Double Octafinalists
  • Barbara Gausewitz and Ciera Wilson – Double Octafinalists