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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team
Continues Strong Season Start
MAILED: Oct. 16, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE  The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed second at both of two tournaments that comprised the Mid-America Forensics League Swing Tournament held this year at Ripon College and UW-Whitewater.
         Eight UW-Eau Claire students competed in 23 events and broke over 50 percent of them to finals on both days, which means that after only their second trip of the season, six students are now qualified in at least three events each for the NFA National Tournament in April 2002.
         Following are the results for the first tournament at Ripon College:
         Senior Aaron Unseth, Plato, Minn., placed first in persuasive speaking.
         Senior Eric Rasmussen, Eau Claire, placed second in informative speaking, fifth in poetry interpretation, and first and second in duo interpretation with junior Ben Schneider, Greendale, and senior Brian Haapala, Grayslake, Ill., respectively. Haapala also took first place in prose interpretation and Schneider also placed fourth in both impromptu and extemporaneous speaking.
         Junior Scott Boras, Kellogg, Minn., took first place in poetry interpretation with straight ones, and third place in both prose interpretation and communication analysis.
         Freshman Brandon Buchanan, San Antonio, Texas, placed fourth in informative speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking.
         Elections for MAFL officers also were held at the first tournament and Karen Morris, director of forensics for UW-Eau Claire, was reelected as MAFL president.
         Following are the results for the second tournament at UW-Whitewater:
         Boras placed first in prose interpretation, again with straight ones, and second in poetry interpretation.
         Unseth took second place in prose interpretation and third in both persuasive speaking and poetry interpretation.
         Haapala took third place in informative speaking and third in duo interpretation along with Rasmussen, who also took second in informative speaking and second in duo interpretation with Schneider.
         Buchanan placed fifth in informative speaking and sixth in both impromptu and extemporaneous speaking.

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Updated: Oct. 16, 2001