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Forensics team takes first place in
weekend sweepstakes

RELEASED: Nov. 29, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team competed in the Edna Sorber Invitational hosted by UW-Whitewater Nov. 20 and took first place as a team. The top three individual winners were all from UW-Eau Claire. The team also attended the Badger Memorial Invitational hosted by UW-Madison Nov. 21 and placed second as a team. The UW-Eau Claire team placed first overall in team sweepstakes, which is based on the overall points combined from both tournaments.

Individual results for the Edna Sorber Invitational were:

Seniors Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, and Whitney Zahn, Menomonee Falls, placed fourth and sixth in persuasion, respectively. Pickard also placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking. Junior James Kust, Eau Claire, placed second in persuasion and first in communication analysis and qualified for the American Forensic Association tournament. Senior Sarah Taylor, Merrill, placed third in persuasion and qualified for the AFA tournament as well.

Sophomore Abby Rand, Melrose, placed third in dramatic interpretation and qualified for the National Forensic Association tournament. Senior Alicia Gerber, Ringle, placed second in dramatic interpretation; Taylor placed first.

Gerber placed second in program oral interpretation and senior Megan McKeown, Eagan, Minn., placed first. McKeown also placed fourth in poetry, while Taylor placed second, qualifying her for the NFA tournament.

Senior April Ross, Wauwatosa, placed third in informative speaking and qualified for the AFA tournament. Zahn placed first in informative speaking, qualifying her for the AFA tournament. Kust placed second, qualifying him for the NFA tournament.

Taylor placed third in impromptu speaking, Zahn placed second and qualified for the NFA tournament. Pickard took first, which qualified her for the AFA tournament.

In prose, Taylor took fifth, Gerber third and McKeown second.

Sophomore Emily Gresbrink, Rochester, Minn., placed seventh in after-dinner speaking. Zahn placed sixth and Pickard second, qualifying them all for the national tournament.

In the individual sweepstakes, Kust took third place, Pickard took second and Taylor placed first.

The team, as a whole, placed first within the entire tournament.

Individual results for the Badger Memorial Invitational:

Kust and Pickard both qualified for the AFA tournament, with Kust taking second in extemporaneous speaking and Pickard taking first. Pickard also placed fourth in persuasion.

Gerber placed third in dramatic interpretation, while McKeown took fifth place in program oral interpretation. In poetry, Taylor took fourth and McKeown placed first.

Rand took fourth in informative speaking and Kust took second, qualifying them both for the NFA tournament. Zahn placed first in the event.

Ross placed fifth in impromptu speaking, Taylor took third and Kust took second, again qualifying him for the AFA tournament. In prose, Taylor placed fifth.

In after-dinner speaking, Zahn placed sixth and Pickard fifth, qualifying them both for the NFA tournament. Gresbrink placed second in the event.

Kust also took second in individual sweepstakes, while the team took second in the team sweepstakes.

The UW-Eau Claire forensics team will travel to the Mike Nicolai Tournament at UW-Stout in December.

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