Forensics Team Earns Elite Top 10 National Ranking

Posted on April 6th, 2010 by

American Forensics Association’s
National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET)
at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
April 2-4, 2010

The Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team earned a t op 10 national ranking over the weekend with its best ever performance at the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Competing against mostly Division 1 schools, Gustavus earned 197 team sweepstakes points, the most in school history.

Seventeen Gustavus students participated at the national tournament, advancing an impressive eleven events to Quarterfinals, six events to Semifinals and two events to Finals. Sophomore Chloe Radcliffe became placed 15th in individual sweepstakes, aided by her 2nd place finish in Communication Analysis and 5th place in Drama Interpretation. Radcliffe is the first Gustavus student to be a national finalist in any AFA-NIET event and the first to place in the individual sweepstakes.
2010 marks the fourth straight year that the Gustavus Forensics Team has earned a top 20 national ranking at the AFA-NIET. The team earned a 20th place finish in 2007 and 2008 and an 18th place finish in 2009.
The Gustavus Forensics Team will conclude its historic 2009-2010 by competing at the National Forensics Association’s National Tournament at the Ohio University in Athens, April 15-19, 2010.
Overall Team Sweepstakes
1. Bradley University – 443 pts.
2. Western Kentucky University – 400 pts.
3. Illinois State University – 334.5 pts.
4. George Mason University – 327 pts.
5. University of Texas at Austin – 286.5 pts.
6. California State University-Long Beach – 258 pts.
7. University of Alabama – 214.5 pts.
8. University of Nebraska-Omaha – 212.5 pts.
9. University of Nebraska-Lincoln – 210 pts.
11. Arizona State University – 194.5 pts.
12. Ohio University – 174 pts.
13. Seton Hall University – 165 pts.
14. Northwestern University – 156 pts.
15. St. Joseph’s University – 125.5 pts.
16. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – 119.5 pts.
17. Kansas State University – 106.5 pts.
18. Concordia College – 101.5 pts.
19. Doane College – 94 pts.
20. James Madison University – 90.5 pts.

Individual Sweepstakes
Fifteenth Place: Chloe Radcliffe

Communication Analysis
Second Place: Chloe Radcliffe
Semifinalist: Phil Helt
Quarterfinalist: Mary Cunningham

Fifth Place: Chloe Radcliffe

Extemporaneous Speaking
Semifinalists: Mary Cunningham

Impromptu Speaking
Quarterfinalists: Emma Moreau

Informative Speaking
Semifinalist: Kate Bissen
Quarterfinalist: Mary Cunningham

Semifinalist: Phil Helt
Quarterfinalist: Chris Moua

Program Oral Interpretation
Quarterfinalist: Chloe Radcliffe


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