After a strong showing at a tournament last weekend in Ogden, Utah, Gonzaga University debaters are traveling to compete this weekend (Jan. 23-25) at a tournament at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Gonzaga debate team of freshman Paul Kanellopoulos and sophomore Jim Sydnor posted a 6-1 record en route to second place at the Val Browning Round Robin sponsored by the Browning Foundation and hosted Jan. 17-19 by Weber State University.
Gonzaga and seven other nationally recognized debate programs were invited to compete in the tournament at Weber State: Columbia University, University of Denver, Idaho State University, Whitman College, University of Wyoming, California State University at Fullerton; and Weber State.
“This was a great showing for a young team with a bright future. These guys are very smart and very motivated. I suspect you'll be hearing much more about them over the next couple years,” said Gonzaga Coach Glen Frappier.
Kanellopoulos is a political science major; Sydnor's major is philosophy.
Unlike a traditional tournament, the Round Robin format had each team compete in a series of debates against each of the other teams. Gonzaga’s sole loss was to eventual champion Wyoming.