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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Places Sixth
at National Tournament

RELEASED: April 25, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed sixth at the National Forensics Association National Tournament held April 14-18 on the University of Akron campus. Before the tournament, the team set a goal to place seventh at the NFA tournament. The team exceeded their goal, placing only three and one half points behind the fifth place team, St. Joseph's University.

In order to place in the top 10 at the NFA tournament, a team must maintain 50 percent of their breaks, which means they must advance 50 percent of their quarter-finals events to the semi-finals and 50 percent of their semi-finals events to the finals. The team accomplished this feat, sending nine events into the quarter-finals, seven events into the semi-finals and four events to the final round.

Following are the individual results:

Senior Kelly Bender, New London, placed second in the nation in informative speaking, fifth in persuasion and sixth in rhetorical criticism. Bender also placed 14th in the individual sweepstakes.

Senior Chris Conklin, Green Bay, placed second in the nation in impromptu speaking.

Sophomore Christine Zani, Hurley, placed in the top 12 in the nation in rhetorical criticism, persuasive speaking and informative speaking.

Senior Andy Bevernitz, Clintonville, placed in the top 24 in the nation in prose interpretation.

Freshman Hilary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, placed in the top 24 in the nation in prose interpretation.

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