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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Takes First and Second in Minnesota River Swing Tournament

RELEASED: Oct. 20, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed first in the Minnesota River Swing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 15, and second on Sunday, Oct. 16.

In addition to the team's overall placement, the forensics team placed first in team sweepstakes on Saturday and won the swing team sweepstakes on Sunday. The team also received the Quality Award, which factors the number of entries divided by the sweepstakes points the team earned. Senior Chris Conklin, Green Bay, won individual sweepstakes for the second year in a row in both tournaments, and junior Betsy Schroeder, Le Center, Minn., placed third in the individual sweepstakes in Saturday's tournament.

Saturday's portion of the Minnesota River Swing Tournament, the Larry Schnoor Invitational, was hosted by the University of Minnesota-Mankato, and Sunday's portion, the Gustavus Adolphus Tournament, was hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College.

Several students qualified events for the National Forensics Association National Tournament and the American Forensics Association National Tournament with their strong showings in the Minnesota River Swing Tournament.

Following are the individual results from Saturday's tournament:

Conklin placed first in impromptu speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking, qualifying for AFA, fourth in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation with junior Christine Zani, Hurley, which qualified that event for AFA.

Sophomore Hilary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, placed first in dramatic interpretation, qualifying for NFA, third in poetry and third in prose interpretation.

Junior Amy Oldakowski, Sobieksi, took first in rhetorical criticism, which qualified for NFA, third in informative speaking, qualifying for AFA, third in impromptu speaking and fourth in extemporaneous speaking, which also qualified for NFA.

Schroeder took first in after-dinner speaking, qualifying for NFA, third in persuasive speaking, fourth in informative speaking and fourth in program oral interpretation.

Senior Abby Czeskleba, Middleton, placed second in program oral interpretation and fourth in after-dinner speaking, qualifying for NFA.

Freshman Jahlieh Henderson, Platteville, placed fifth in poetry and qualified for NFA.

Following are the individual results from Sunday's tournament:

Conklin placed first in impromptu speaking, second in extemporaneous speaking and third in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation with Zani. Zani also took fifth in duo interpretation with Rasmussen, who placed first in poetry and second in dramatic interpretation.

Henderson placed third in poetry.

Oldakowski placed third in informative speaking and fourth in rhetorical criticism.

Czeskleba took fourth in program oral interpretation and sixth in after-dinner speaking.

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