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Forensics Team Fares Well
At Northern Iowa Tournaments
MAILED: Jan. 28, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team took second place in two tournaments Jan. 19 and 20 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Members of the squad, who took second after Illinois State University in both team sweepstakes, qualified for eight new American Forensics Association tournament events and five new National Forensics Association tournament events.
At the first tournament, hosted by Northern Iowa, senior Scott Boras, Kellogg, Minn., placed first in program oral interpretation and qualified for AFA in oral interpretation.
Seniors Aaron Unseth, Plato, Minn. and Brian Haapala, Grayslake, Ill., won the duo interpretation competition and qualified for NFA.
Unseth also took first and qualified for AFA in communication analysis. Haapala qualified individually for AFA with a third-place finish in persuasion and captured fourth place in dramatic interpretation.
Junior Ben Schneider, Greendale, grabbed second place in extemporaneous speaking, third place in after-dinner speaking and fifth place in impromptu speaking.
Senior Eric Rasmussen, Eau Claire, placed second in both after-dinner speaking and communication analysis, qualifying for NFA in the latter event.
Sophomore Brandon Buchanan, San Antonio, Texas, placed second in informative speaking and qualified for AFA by taking third in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in communication analysis.
Freshman Kelly Bender, New London, qualified for NFA with a fourth-place finish in informative speaking.
At the second tournament, hosted by Cornell College, Boras took third place in impromptu speaking and program oral interpretation and qualified for NFA along with junior Adam Coolidge, Eau Claire, with a fourth place in duo interpretation.
Haapala placed first in the dramatic interpretation competition, qualifying for AFA, took second with Unseth in duo interpretation and earned a fourth-place finish in persuasion. Unseth also placed fourth in communication analysis.
Rasmussen garnered a second-place finish in communication analysis and also qualified for AFA in after-dinner speaking by taking second.
Schneider won the impromptu speaking contest, qualifying for NFA, placed second in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in after-dinner speaking.
Bender placed fifth in informative speaking and sixth in program oral interpretation.
Buchanan took second in informative speaking and freshman Mandy Dolan, Greenfield, finished fifth in communication analysis.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 28, 2002