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|Gonzaga U. Debate Squad Sends 2 Teams to Nationals|
Gonzaga University men’s and women’s basketball players are not the only Zags advancing to a national tournament. Two Gonzaga teams have qualified for the National Debate Tournament, marking the 14th-straight year Gonzaga has qualified a team for the national tourney.
Bulldogs’ debate Coach Glen Frappier says the Gonzaga debate squad, which finished the regular season ranked No. 12 in the nation, will send the teams of senior Nick Bormann and junior Abe Corrigan and senior Brent Hamilton and junior James Joseph to the NDT where they will join 74 other qualified teams. The National Debate Tournament will be held March 25-30, hosted by the University of Texas.
Gonzaga’s debaters competed at the regional championships Feb. 28-March 2, hosted by Whitman College in Walla Walla, with the team of Bormann and Corrigan advancing to the final round as the No. 2 seed but was defeated on a split decision.
Since each school can qualify only two teams to the NDT, the rest of Gonzaga’s debate squad will compete at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament to be held March 20-24 at Idaho State University in Pocatello.
For more information, visit the Gonzaga Debate Web site. Below are the Top 20 debate teams in the country.
The U.S. Top 20 Debate Teams
2. Wake Forest
5. Cal Berkeley
6. U. of Central Oklahoma
9. Wichita State
10. Michigan State
18. Mary Washington
20. Kansas State