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Forensics team finishes strong at Iowa tournament

RELEASED: Jan. 25, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team attended the Iowa Swing Tournament Jan. 22-23 and took second place based on total points for the weekend.

The team placed third in team sweepstakes at the Henderson Invitational, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa; and placed second in team sweepstakes at the Bob Smith Invitational at Wartburg College.

Several students qualified for the American Forensic Association National Tournament and the National Forensic Association National Tournament.

Individual results for Jan. 22 were:

Senior Megan Pickard, Eau Claire, placed sixth in after-dinner speaking and fifth in persuasive speaking.

Senior Alicia Gerber, Ringle, placed third in after-dinner speaking.

Sophomore Abby Rand, Melrose, placed third in dramatic interpretation and sixth in persuasive speaking.

Senior April Ross, Wauwatosa, placed first in impromptu speaking.

Junior Natalie Hunter, Vadnais Heights, Minn., placed seventh in informative speaking and third in prose interpretation, qualifying for NFA in both events.

Senior Whitney Zahn, Menomonee Falls, placed first in persuasive speaking, qualifying for AFA; and third in rhetorical criticism, qualifying for NFA in that event.

Freshman Jarrel Montgomery, Madison, placed fourth in poetry, qualifying for NFA in that event; and fifth in duo interpretation along with junior Holly Albers, Mazeppa, Minn.

Albers also placed fourth in program oral interpretation.

Senior Sarah Taylor, Merrill, placed third in poetry, qualifying for AFA; and second in prose interpretation.

Sophomore Emily Gresbrink, Rochester, Minn., placed sixth in program oral interpretation and fifth in prose interpretation, qualifying for NFA in that event.

Individual results for Jan. 23 were:

Zahn placed fifth in after-dinner speaking, second in rhetorical criticism and first in impromptu speaking, qualifying for AFA in that event.

Gerber placed second in after-dinner speaking, qualifying for AFA.

Pickard placed first in after-dinner speaking, qualifying for AFA.

Taylor placed first in prose interpretation and fifth in dramatic interpretation, qualifying for AFA in both events.

Rand placed fourth in dramatic interpretation, fifth in persuasive speaking and seventh in informative speaking.

Hunter placed second in informative speaking, third in prose interpretation and second in dramatic interpretation, qualifying for NFA in that event.

Ross placed fourth in impromptu speaking, qualifying for AFA.

Montgomery placed fifth in poetry and sixth in prose interpretation.

Albers placed first in program oral interpretation and fourth in poetry, qualifying for AFA in that event.

Gresbrink placed fifth in program oral interpretation.

The team will compete in the Mid-American Forensics League tournaments Jan. 29-30 in Peoria and Normal, Ill.

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