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Forensics team opens season with Illinois tournament

RELEASED: Oct. 8, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team competed in the I-74 Swing Tournament Oct. 2-3 at Illinois State University and Bradley University in Bloomington-Normal, Ill.

Despite only sending five team members, the team placed third on Oct. 2 and fourth on Oct. 3.

Individual results for Oct. 2 were:

Freshman James Kust, Eau Claire, placed sixth in extemporaneous speaking. He also finished second in communication analysis, which qualified him for the National Forensic Association tournament.

Senior Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, finished fourth in extemporaneous speaking.

Senior April Ross, Wauwatosa, placed first in extemporaneous speaking and in the semi-finals of impromptu speaking. She finished fourth in informative speaking, which qualified her for the National Forensic Association tournament.

Senior Sarah Taylor, Merrill, finished first in program oral interpretation, which qualified her for the National Forensic Association tournament. She also placed sixth in impromptu speaking and third in the individual sweepstakes.

Individual results for Oct. 3 were:

Taylor finished first in persuasion and was a semifinalist in impromptu speaking.

Kust placed fourth in impromptu speaking.

Pickard finished fifth in impromptu speaking and sixth in informative speaking.

Ross finished second in informative speaking.

The forensics team will compete in Alabama during the weekend of Oct. 9. Illinois State University will host the 2011 National Forensics tournament in April.

For more information, contact Karen Morris, director of the forensics program, at 715-836-3305 or morriskr@uwec.edu.

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