We participated in three tournaments in two states last weekend, and are preparing for hosting two large tournaments of our own next weekend.
The first two tournaments were national circuit parliamentary debate events hosted on the campus of Colorado College. They are referred to collectively as the Mile High Swing, and we sent three of our top six senior division two person debate teams to compete in those two tournaments.
The remainder of the team competed in a combined speech and debate tournament in Irvine, hosted by Concordia University. Although I hate to split the squad and attend different events on the same weekend, the team rose to the challenge and excelled at each tournament.
Special thanks to recent PLNU alum Katie Lucas and her family for hosting the debate teams in Denver, and coaching/judging for the traveling squad this past weekend.
· Mile High One Debate Results:
The team of Daniel Nadal and James Wilson won four of their five preliminary rounds and advanced to the second elimination round before dropping to Whitman University, the school that won nationals last year. The other two teams (Barbara Gausewitz and Ciera Wilson; and MacLean Andrews and Michelle Diaz) each missed breaking to the elimination rounds by just one decision.
· Mile High Two Debate Results:
Again, Wilson and Nadal won four of their five preliminary rounds and advanced to the second elimination round before dropping once again to Whitman University, I believe in the same room as the previous tournament loss to Whitman. Ouch. However, the other two PLNU teams each improved their records from Mile High One and advanced to the elimination rounds in Mile High Two. Andrews and Diaz dropped in the first elimination round, and Gausewitz and Wilson won their first elimination round to drop in the next out round to Oregon State University one of the other top teams in the nation. Both of these tournaments are considered extremely competitive, and to advance 4 of our 6 slots is an encouraging sign for the National Championship tournament to be held on the same campus in two months.
· Concordia Irvine Speech and Debate Tournament:
In a somewhat smaller, but still significant and competitively rigorous regional tournament with colleges and universities from Southern and Northern California, PLNU won First Place in overall sweepstakes for the 4 year college division, and third place Debate Sweepstakes, even though three of our top debate teams were in Colorado. Here are some of those results.
Concordia Individual Events:
Kim Jensen: 3rd Place Open Informative & 2nd Place Open Extemp
Kassi Sandstrom: 6th Place Open Extemp
Ben Carney: 5th Place Novice Extemp
Margeaux Flannery and Victoria Roth: 2nd Place Duo (no final round)
Brooke Rakes: 6th Place Novice Impromptu
John Morris: 6th Place Open Impromptu
Alex Pineda: 2nd Place Open Impromptu
Concordia Invitational Parliamentary Debate Results:
Ashley Nuckles and Ian Sharples: Silver Medal Open Parliamentary Debate
Kassi Sandstrom and Brooke Rakes: Silver Medal Junior Debate
Ashley Nuckles: 2nd Place Open Speaker
Alex Pineda: 11th Place Open Speaker
Ian Sharples: 15th Place Open Speaker
Kassi Sandstrom: 6th Place Junior Speaker
Brooke Rakes: 7th Place Junior Speaker
Haley Courtney: 19th Place Junior Speaker
Margeaux Flannery: 4th Place Novice Speaker