The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team continued its strong start to the 2011-12 season with a first place finish in the team sweepstakes at the Larry Schnoor Invitational at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Gustavus finished first in the 15-team field by totaling 279 points. Concordia College, Moorhead placed a distant second with 117 points, while Illinois State University took third with 104 points.
Gustavus senior Chloe Radcliffe placed second in the individual sweepstakes standings thanks to four top four performances. Radcliffe took first place in the Dramatic Interpretation category and also took second in Informative Speaking, third in Impromptu Speaking, and fourth in Prose Interpretation.
Several other team members turned in strong performances throughout the tournament, including junior Hannah Engel. Engel took first place in the Persuasive Speaking event and added a fifth place showing in Informative Speaking.
Senior Sam Hemmerich also placed highly in two events. Hemmerich paired up with sophomore Adam Bouchareb to win the Duo Interpretation category. Hemmerich also took sixth place in Prose Interpretation, while Bouchareb was a semi-finalist in the same category.
Senior Allegra Birdseye recorded Gustavus’s fourth first place result by winning the Extemporaneous Speaking category.
Gustavus had three individuals place in the top six in the After Dinner Speaking category, including sophomore Justin Feith (4th place), first-year Matt Timmons (5th place), and first-year Courtney Train (6th place).
Other impressive performances included first-year Anne Casey’s fifth place finish in Poetry Interpretation, junior Chris Moua’s fifth place showing in Communication Analysis, and senior Luke Youngvorst’s sixth place finish in Impromptu Speaking.
Bill Robertz Invitational
The Gustavus Forensics Program hosted the Bill Robertz Invitational on Oct. 16. Mostly first-year students from Gustavus competed in the tournament, while most of the team’s upperclassmen performed hosting duties.
The tournament is named in recognition of Dr. Bill Robertz, an emeritus professor of communication studies who taught at Gustavus from 1957 to 1995 and helped foster the forensics program at the College.
For more information about the Gustavus Forensics Program, go online to gustavus.edu/go/forensics.
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