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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team
Takes First Place in Minnesota Tournament

 MAILED:  Oct. 25, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team took first place team honors at both days of the Minnesota River Swing Tournament held Oct. 16-17. Seven members competed at the tournament.

On Saturday, the team competed at the Larry Schnoor Invitational held on the Minnesota State University-Mankato campus. In addition to taking first in the team sweeps award, the UW-Eau Claire forensics team also won a quality award, given to the school that breaks the most events into the final round. The team broke 18 of their 21 events to the final round. In the past, many smaller entries have won this award.

Senior Andy Bevernitz, Clintonville, placed first in prose interpretation, qualifying him for the American Forensics Association tournament. Bevernitz also placed first in informative speaking, qualifying him for the National Forensics Association tournament.

Junior Abby Czeskleba, Middleton, placed first in after-dinner speaking and third in persuasive speaking, qualifying her for NFA. Czeskleba also placed sixth in prose interpretation.

Junior Betsy Schroeder, Le Center, Minn., placed first in persuasive speaking, third in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in after-dinner speaking. Schroeder also placed fifth in informative speaking, qualifying her for NFA.

Senior Dan Mc Neely, Bloomington, Minn., placed first in poetry and fourth in communication analysis; both qualify him for AFA.

Sophomore Amy Oldakowski, Sobieski, placed second in communication analysis and informative speaking; both qualify her for NFA. Oldakowski also placed sixth in impromptu speaking.

Junior Rachel Mayasich, St. Cloud, Minn., placed second in extemporaneous speaking. Mayasich also placed third in informative speaking, qualifying her for NFA.

Freshman Hilary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, placed sixth in informative speaking, qualifying her for NFA.

On Sunday, the team traveled to St. Peter, Minn., to compete at the second half of the Minnesota River Swing Tournament hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College. They placed first in team sweepstakes. The UW-Eau Claire forensics team has won this tournament for the past three years, and this year was no exception.

Schroeder placed first in persuasive speaking and third in after-dinner speaking, qualifying her for AFA.

Oldakowski placed first in informative speaking.

Czeskleba placed first in after-dinner speaking.

Mayasich placed second in extemporaneous speaking, qualifying her for AFA, and fifth in informative speaking.

Mc Neely placed second in communication analysis, third in poetry and was a semi-finalist in prose interpretation.

Rasmussen placed second in informative speaking and sixth in informative speaking, qualifying her for NFA.

Bevernitz placed third in informative speaking and fourth in prose interpretation.

Up next, the UW-Eau Claire forensics team will compete at the third Mid-American Forensic League Tournament at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.



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Updated: October 25, 2004