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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team
Starts Spring Competitions Early

 MAILED:  Jan. 22, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team began their spring semester travel well before the actual beginning of the spring semester. Competition began Jan. 10-11 at the “Hell Froze Over” Tournament held on the Bradley University Campus, Peoria, Ill., and sponsored by Bradley University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Four UW-Eau Claire students participated in this tournament, which was one of the largest regular season tournaments of the year, with all events going to semifinals. UW-Eau Claire forensics coach Karen Morris said the team was thrilled that they got some events to out rounds.

Eight UW-Eau Claire students participated in the Iowa Swing Tournament held Jan. 17-18 on the University of Northern Iowa’s campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The tournament was hosted by UNI and Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. The UW-Eau Claire team took third place in team sweepstakes both days and took third in swing team sweepstakes.

Following are the individual results from the two tournaments:

Bradley University Tournament:

Junior Kelly M. Bender, New London, took fifth place in informative speaking on day one and sixth place in the same category on day two.

Junior Andy Bevernitz, Clintonville, made it to the semifinals in after-dinner speaking on day one and in prose interpretation on day two.

Junior Christopher Conklin, Green Bay, made it to the semis in impromptu speaking on day one and in communication analysis on day two. He also took fourth place in impromptu speaking on day two.

Iowa Swing Tournament:

Bender took first in communication analysis on day one and second in the same category on day two, qualifying her for the American Forensics Association national tournament.

Junior Dan Mc Neely, Bloomington, Minn., took first place in poetry interpretation and second place in program oral interpretation on day one and fifth place in prose interpretation on day two, qualifying him for the National Forensics Association national tournament.

Bevernitz took second place in after-dinner speaking on day one and second place in after-dinner speaking and informative speaking on day two, qualifying him for AFA.

Conklin took third in after-dinner speaking (qualifying for AFA) and fourth place in impromptu speaking on day one. On day two he took third in impromptu speaking and in after-dinner speaking and fourth in extemporaneous speaking.

Senior Brandon Buchanan, San Antonio, Texas, took third place in communication analysis (qualifying for NFA) on day one.

Freshman Christine Zani, Hurley, finished sixth in extemporaneous speaking on day one and fifth in communication analysis on day two.

The UW-Eau Claire team will travel next to Peoria for a Mid-American Forensics League Tournament Jan. 24-25.

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Updated: January 21, 2004