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UVM entered eight teams at the Cornell tournament, the largest
contingent sent by any school, but it was quality as well as quantity which
helped the LDU win the tournament sweepstakes by a huge margin over the other
17 schools entered in the event. Vermont placed First in the all-tournament
sweepstakes with 126 points, more than 25 points ahead of second place Rochester.
Six of eight teams won their way into the elimination rounds and six individuals
won speaker awards.
The truly amazing thing about the tournament is that most of those teams were debating in a higher division than their eligibility would dictate, emphasizing the LDU practice of working for improvement by seeking the best competition. Daniel Serfer and Aaron Fishbone are junior varsity debaters entered in varsity, Allana Alexander, Mark Douglas, and Anthony Pagan are novices debating in junior varsity. And receiving the "stepping up" award is Elizabeth Robinson, a novice debater who entered in the varsity division to debate with Greta Lockwood.
Sarah Snider and Helen Morgan (5-1 in preliminary debates) placed THIRD in the varsity division, as did Aaron Fishbone and Daniel Serfer (4-2). Allana Alexander and Mark Douglas (3-3), as well as the team of Anthony Pagan and Peter Winfield (4-2), placed FIFTH in the junior varsity division. Teddy Malley and Jen Knops (5-1) placed SECOND in the novice division, while Casey Gervais and Meredith Parmett (5-1) finished fifth. Ben Luntz and Craig Weidhorn were 3-3 in the novice division and Greta Lockwood and Elizabeth Robinson were 1-5 in the varsity division.
Sarah Snider was named the #1 varsity debater at the tournament and Helen Morgan was #6. Allana Alexander was the #5 jv debater and Peter Winfield was #6. In the novice division Jen Knops was named the #2 debater and Teddy Malley was #3.
The squad finished the tournament with an impressive 32-24 record. It is hard to predict how good the record would have been if the six debaters entered above their eligibility had been entered in lower divisions. Perhaps we shall see in two weeks at the East Regional Championships to be held at UVM.