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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team
Places 11th in the Nation
MAILED: April 15, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Eight students and three coaches led the UW-Eau Claire forensics team to an 11th-place finish at the American Forensics Association National Tournament April 3-6 at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
The performance was a five-place improvement over last year, when the team placed 16th in the nation. Ninety-five schools, 735 students and 235 judges took part in the event.
Seniors Aaron Unseth, Plato, Minn., and Scott Boras, Kellogg, Minn., both reached the finals. UW-Eau Claire also had one semi-finalist and more quarter-finalists than ever before.
Unseth captured sixth in the nation in prose interpretation, 15th in individual sweepstakes and reached the quarterfinals in the poetry interpretation, persuasive speaking, communication analysis and informative speaking competitions.
Boras grabbed fourth place in the nation in dramatic interpretation and advanced to quarterfinals in program oral interpretation and prose interpretation.
Senior Eric Rasmussen, Eau Claire, reached the semifinals in communication analysis.
Senior Brian Haapala, Grayslake, Ill., and junior Ben Schneider, Greendale, were quarterfinalists in informative speaking and persuasive speaking, respectively.
The team is scheduled to compete next in the National Forensics Association National Tournament April 18-22 at Berry College in Rome, Ga.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 15, 2002