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Forensics team ends semester with first-place finish in Nebraska

RELEASED: Dec. 18, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team split to attend its last two tournaments of the semester. The team sent mostly freshman and sophomores to UW-Stout for a tournament Dec. 4-5, while juniors and seniors traveled to the University of Nebraska at Kearney for tournaments Dec. 5-6. The team took third overall at the UW-Stout tournament and placed first overall at UNK Dec. 5 and second overall Dec. 6. The combined scores from the two UNK tournaments earned the UW-Eau Claire forensics team first place in swing team sweepstakes for the weekend.

Individual results for the UW-Stout tournament Dec. 4-5:

Senior Emily Schreiner, Wausau, placed first in extemporaneous speaking, first in persuasion and second in informative speaking.

Sophomore Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn., placed first in impromptu speaking and second in extemporaneous speaking.

Sophomore Holly Albers, Mazeppa, Minn., placed first in music interpretation, fifth in informative speaking and sixth in duo interpretation, along with sophomore Natalie Hunter, Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Hunter also placed third in informative speaking and fourth in prose. She qualified to compete in the National Forensic Association tournament in informative speaking.

Sophomore James Kust, Eau Claire, placed second in communication analysis and third in both impromptu and extemporaneous speaking.

Individual results for the UNK tournament Dec. 5:

Senior Dylan Jambrek, Waukesha, placed first in individual sweepstakes, with first place in both extemporaneous speaking and rhetorical criticism. Jambrek qualified to compete in the American Forensic Association tournament in extemporaneous speaking and for NFA in rhetorical criticism.

Junior Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, placed second in individual sweepstakes, with first place in after-dinner speaking, second in impromptu speaking and third in extemporaneous speaking. She qualified for AFA in extemporaneous speaking.

Senior Nick Miller, Hales Corners, placed third in individual sweepstakes, with second in after-dinner speaking, third in rhetorical criticism, fourth in impromptu speaking, fifth in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in duo interpretation, along with senior BJ Pickard, Eau Claire. The duo qualified for NFA in that event.

BJ Pickard also placed first in persuasion and qualified for NFA in that event.

Senior Laura Magnusson, Apple Valley, Minn., placed first in informative speaking.

Junior Alicia Gerber, Ringle, placed second in program oral interpretation and third in duo interpretation, along with junior Sarah Taylor, Merrill.

Taylor also placed fifth in program oral interpretation.

Junior Whitney Zahn, Menomonee Falls, placed sixth in both impromptu speaking and persuasion.

Individual results for the UNK tournament Dec. 6:

Jambrek placed first in individual sweepstakes, with first place in rhetorical criticism and second in after-dinner speaking. Jambrek was a semifinalist in impromptu speaking.

Miller placed second in individual sweepstakes, with first place in persuasion, third place in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in dup interpretation, along with Magnusson. Miller qualified for AFA in extemporaneous speaking.

Magnusson also placed second in informative speaking.

Meghan Pickard placed second in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in persuasion.

Gerber placed third in dramatic interpretation and qualified for AFA in that event.

Zahn placed third in rhetorical criticism.

Taylor placed fifth in after-dinner speaking.

BJ Pickard placed seventh in persuasion.

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