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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Starts in Sixth,
Ends in First at New Semester Tournaments

RELEASED: Jan. 20, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team began traveling for spring semester tournaments well before classes started this semester.

A small team of students traveled to the "Hell Froze Over Tournament" hosted by University of Texas-Austin and Bradley University on the UT-Austin Campus Jan. 8-9. This is the largest regular season tournament of the second semester with 38 schools in attendance. UW-Eau Claire placed 6th at this tournament. Following are the specific results:

Senior Andy Bevernitz, Clintonville, placed first in after-dinner speaking and was a semi-finalist in prose interpretation.

Senior Kelly Bender, New London, placed fourth in persuasive speaking, qualifying for the National Forensics Association Tournament.

Junior Betsy Schroeder, Le Center, Minn., was a semi-finalist in after-dinner speaking, and freshman Hilary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, was a semi-finalist in informative speaking.

Bradley University
Bevernitz was fourth in after-dinner speaking and made the semi-finals in informative speaking. Bender made the semi-finals in persuasive speaking.

A larger team of UW-Eau Claire students attended the Iowa Swing Tournament hosted by the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday, Jan 15, and Wartburg College on Sunday, Jan 16. UW-Eau Claire took 2nd in the team sweepstakes at the UNI tournament and won the Wartburg Tournament. Following are specific results:

University of Northern Iowa
Bender took first place in after-dinner speaking (qualifies for NFA) and in persuasive speaking and second place in informative speaking and rhetorical criticism (qualifies both for NFA).

Rasmussen took first place in dramatic interpretation, qualifying her for the American Forensics Association Tournament, and fifth place in prose interpretation.

Schroeder placed third in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in prose interpretation (qualifies for NFA).

Senior Dan McNeely, Bloomington, Minn., placed fourth in program oral interpretation and fifth in informative speaking (qualifies for NFA).

Wartburg College
Bender placed first in informative speaking, fourth in after-dinner speaking and fifth in rhetorical criticism.

Rasmussen placed first in prose interpretation.

McNeely placed second in program oral interpretation and third in informative speaking.

Schroeder placed second in informative speaking and sixth in rhetorical criticism (qualifies for NFA).

Junior Chris Conklin, Green Bay, placed third in after-dinner speaking and dramatic interpretation and fourth in persuasive speaking.

Junior Abby Czeskleba, Middleton, placed third in persuasive speaking and sixth in poetry interpretation (qualifies for NFA).

Junior Rachel Mayasich, St Cloud, Minn., took third place in extemporaneous speaking and fourth place in poetry interpretation.



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