MAILED: March 2, 2001
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed in two tournaments the weekend of Feb. 23-25.
With schools from Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nebraska attending the prestigious tournament held at Rock Valley Community College in Rockford, Ill., Feb. 23-24, UW-Eau Claire placed fourth. The team then traveled to UW-Whitewater and finished second Sunday, Feb. 25.
At the Rock Valley tournament, senior Arwen Dale, Eau Claire, took second place in persuasive speaking and fifth in informative speaking. Senior Reid Sollberger, Brooklyn Park, Minn., finished third in rhetorical criticism and fourth in informative speaking.
Junior Brian Haapala, Gurnee, Ill., placed fifth in after-dinner speaking and second in duo interpretation with junior Aaron Unseth, Plato, Minn.
Junior Eric Rasmussen, Eau Claire, took fifth place in rhetorical criticism and another fifth in duo interpretation with junior Scott Boras, Kellogg, Minn. Boras also placed sixth in program oral interpretation.
Senior Arwen Williams, Eau Claire, finished fourth in persuasive speaking, while senior Cate Dunham placed sixth in impromptu speaking.
At the UW-Whitewater tournament, Dale won informative speaking and qualified for the American Forensics Association national tournament with her third-place finish in persuasive speaking.
Freshman Brandon Buchanan, San Antonio, Texas, won impromptu speaking and qualified for the AFA national tournament with his win in extemporaneous speaking.
Senior Jodi Becker, Germantown, won program oral interpretation and placed fourth in duo interpretation with Sollberger. Sollberger also finished fifth in extemporaneous speaking.
Dunham took third place in impromptu speaking, fourth place in persuasive speaking and sixth place in rhetorical criticism.
Williams qualified for the AFA national tournament with her second-place finish in persuasive speaking, while Haapala took second place in poetry interpretation and sixth in informative speaking.
Boras placed sixth in impromptu speaking and qualified for the AFA national tournament with his and Rasmussens third-place finish in duo interpretation.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 4, 2001