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Debate Team Performance Steadily Climbing as Season Cranks Up – Now in the heart of competition season, the UT Dallas debate team has steadily improved with each tournament.
The team competed at Wichita State University, where freshman Jacob Loehr and sophomore Samantha Varney won six of seven of their debates in the preliminary rounds.
Jacob Loehr and Samantha Varney Compete – The team of Jacob Loehr (Fr, Austin, TX) and Samantha Varney (So, Chicago) competed at both halves of the 10th annual Texas Two-Step, held at UTD and UNT respectively. There were more than 120 competitors at both halves of the swing, making them the third-largest invitational tournaments of the season.
At UT Dallas, Sam and Jacob were 4-2 advancing to the elimination debates and losing in the double octo-finals to a team from Baylor University. At the UNT half of the swing, Sam and Jacob finished 5-2, 12th seed overall after prelims and advanced to the round of 16 before losing to Trinity University.
It's another strong showing for our young team. We've been improving and working hard and the results are starting to reflect that. Next up for the team is Wichita State and Northwestern.
Debate Team Heads Into New Season with Promising New Members – The UT Dallas debate team will open its 2012-2013 season this weekend at the Brian Johnson Memorial Tournament, hosted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Debate Team Earns ‘Outright Win’ in Kansas City – The UT Dallas debate team is off to a strong start in 2012, including an “outright win” in Kansas City. The partnership of Collin Roark and Wes Dwyer took first place at the Brian Johnson Memorial Tournament, hosted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City from Jan. 28 to 30.
CDI Registration Open – Registration for the Comet Debate Institute is now open. The Comet Debate Institute (CDI) is an opportunity to work with the faculty and debaters at The University of Texas at Dallas, one of the nation’s fastest-rising and most successful debate programs. The CDI offers outstanding instruction in preparation for the 2011-2012 National Forensics League topic for 2 person cross-examination debate. Sign up now!
UTD Debate reaches ‘Sweet 16’ at the National Debate Tournament – Congrats to Andrew Baker and Collin Roark, who represented UTD Debate in the in the Octo-finals of the National Debate Tournament held on UTD’s campus March 25-18. Baker (Senior, Political Science) and Roark (Junior, Political Science) ended prelims with a record of 6-2, having defeated teams from Loyola, Georgia and Dartmouth to advance to elimination debates, where they defeated the University of Kansas to advance to the round of 16. Andrew Baker was also awarded ninth speaker overall.
Another first round and strong showing at districts qualifies two teams to 2011 NDT – Collin Roark and Andrew Baker, both political science majors, received an invitation to participate as one of the top 16 debate partnerships in the country as voted by coaches from across the U.S. Roark and Baker were the only duo from a Texas university to receive a guaranteed bid.
UTD Battles to second place finish in American Debate Association National Championship – The team of Baker (Senior, Political Science) and Roark (Junior, Political Science) advanced undefeated through the preliminary debates and into the final round of the American Debate Association National Championship. UTD lost the final round on a 2-1 decision to a team from Vanderbilt University and earned UTD Debate runner-up honors for the prestigious ADA title. The tournament was held at George Mason University, March 11-13. Andrew Baker was also honored as fifth speaker overall.
UTD Debate goes on a tear over Winter Break – UT Dallas debaters have fought hard this semester, with separate teams reaching the semifinal rounds in two intercollegiate tournaments.
UTD advances to quarter finals of both CEDA and NDT – The UT Dallas debate squad wrapped up its 2009-10 season as the only organization in the country to advance a team to the quarterfinals in the nation’s two most-prestigious tournaments.
UTD receives first-round at-large bid to NDT; second team finishes third at districts – For the seventh consecutive year, members of the UT Dallas debate team have qualified to participate in the National Debate Tournament (NDT), one of the national championships for U.S. collegiate policy debaters.
UTD BR wins season opener at Georgia State – In a first for the UT Dallas debate program, forensic duo Brian Rubaie and Andrew Baker have been ranked No. 1 in three national ranking systems after winning last week’s tournament at Georgia State University.
UTD takes third at CEDA – The UT Dallas debate team took third place at the Cross Examinational Debate Association (CEDA) National Debate Tournament, held March 20-24, at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.
UTD Debate advances to Octo-finals at Wake Forest – Two UT Dallas debate teams returned from the Franklin R. Shirley Classic hosted by Wake Forest University with tournament results to be grateful for.
UTD Debate takes third at Harvard – UT Dallas debate team members Brian Rubaie and Andrew Baker took third place at Harvard University’s annual Intercollegiate Debate Tournament Monday night in Cambridge, Mass.
UTD advance to Sweet 16 at CEDA national tournament – Two debate teams from UT Dallas finished in the top 20 at last weekend’s National Championship Tournament of the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) held in Wichita, Kan.