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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Places Second
and Third in Weekend Tournaments

RELEASED: March 8, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Eleven members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team recently traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and placed second in the Edna Sorber Invitational Tournament, held Saturday, Feb. 26, and third in the Mid-American Forensics League Tournament-Whitewater, held Sunday, Feb. 27.

"In addition to performing so well as a team, the students also finished qualifying a few needed events for nationals," said Karen Morris, director of the UW-Eau Claire forensics team.

Following are the individual results for the Edna Sorber Invitational Tournament:

Senior Chris Conklin, Green Bay, took first place in persuasion, qualifying that event for the American Forensics Association tournament. Conklin also took fifth place in dramatic interpretation.

Senior Dan Mc Neely, Bloomington, Minn., placed first in program oral interpretation, qualifying that event for AFA. Mc Neely and senior Kelly Bender, New London, placed third in duo interpretation, qualifying that event for the National Forensics Association Tournament. Mc Neely and senior Rachel Mayasich, St. Cloud, Minn., took sixth place in duo interpretation.

Junior Betsy Schroeder, Le Center, Minn., placed first in informative speaking and third in extemporaneous speaking.

Sophomore Amy Oldakowski, Sobieski, placed first in after-dinner speaking. Oldakowski also placed second in persuasion and impromptu, qualifying both events for AFA.

Sophomore Christine Zani, Hurley, took third place in prose interpretation, qualifying that event for AFA.

Senior Andy Bevenitz, Clintonville, and freshman Hilary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, placed fifth in duo interpretation.

Following are the specific results for the Mid-American Forensics League Tournament:

Conklin took second place in dramatic interpretation, qualifying that event for AFA.

Oldakowski placed second in extemporaneous speaking.

Schroeder placed fourth in program oral interpretation and fifth in extemporaneous speaking.

Bender and Mc Neely placed fourth in duo interpretation; Bevernitz and Rasmussen took fifth. Bevernitz also placed fifth in after-dinner speaking.

Zani placed fifth in persuasion.

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