|UW-Eau Claire||News Bureau|
|Schofield Hall 218|
|Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
MAILED: March 13, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Speech Team qualified an additional 18 entries for the national tournaments at the district qualifier held March 7 and 8 at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
UW-Eau Claire speakers dominated the district finals, winning awards in nine of the 11 categories. The team set a record for the largest number of national entries qualified at a single tournament in the six-state district, and now has a total of 42 entries from nine students for the American Forensics Association (AFA) National Individual Events Tournament, to be held the first weekend in April in Arlington, Texas. Students can qualify for the national finals either by earning a total number of placements throughout the season or by competing in the district finals. UW-Eau Claire has been ranked in the top 10 teams of AFA for the past three years and at the 1996 nationals in Florida was ranked seventh.
Following the national finals in Texas, the team will move on to two additional national championships, sending 12 students and more than 60 entries to the National Forensics Association finals held in Muncie, Ind., and then sending the two Wisconsin representatives, both from UW-Eau Claire, to the 125th Interstate Oratory Contest, held in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
"It's been a delightful season," said Director Tom Workman. "Though you can never predict how national finals will play themselves out, we've had a top-rate season and the district finals is just another indication of the talent here at UW-Eau Claire."
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Updated: March 26, 1997