The Southwest Baptist University Speaking Bearcats speech and debate team continued its 2014-15 season by attending both the “Missouri Mule” and “Dale Carnegie” swing tournaments on the University of Central Missouri campus, Oct. 18-19. A “swing tournament” is a unique opportunity for students to participate in one tournament over the course of a single day and then another tournament the following day. The Speaking Bearcats team finished in second place out of the 20 schools which participated in individual events sweepstakes on both days.
Missouri Mule tournament – Oct. 18
front row (l to r): Lyndal Doherty, Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Tiana Brownen, Heidi Dehn, Kensey Slone; back row (l to r): Justin Pullin, Will Wheeler, Reed Dressler, Reece Tabor, Tyler Middleton, Nik Fischer
Meg Burns, senior, placed second in impromptu speaking; third in prose; third in communication analysis; fourth in both informative and duo interpretation with her partner, Lydia Swisher; and fifth in program of oral interpretation. Burns tied for first place with a speaker from Marshall University for the title of top individual events competitor.
Nik Fischer, senior, won first place in impromptu speaking, second place in extemporaneous speaking, and sixth place in communication analysis.
Swisher, sophomore, placed fourth in duo interpretation with Burns and finished sixth in after dinner speaking.
Will Wheeler, junior, received sixth place for extemporaneous speaking.
Tiana Brownen, freshman, finished in third place in persuasive speaking.
Reece Tabor, freshman, finished in fourth place in persuasive speaking.
Kensey Slone, freshman, placed third in after dinner speaking and seventh in persuasive speaking.
Dale Carnegie Classic – Oct. 19
Burns placed second in prose, third in both informative speaking and communication analysis, and fourth in program of oral interpretation. Burns was the sole winner of the pentathalon (top individual events competitor) for the Dale Carnegie Classic.
Fischer won first place for extemporaneous speaking, second for persuasive speaking, fourth in after dinner speaking, and sixth in communication analysis.
Reed Dressler, sophomore, finished in fourth place in impromptu speaking and seventh place in persuasive speaking.
Brownen received fifth place in both impromptu and persuasive speaking.
Slone placed sixth in persuasive speaking and seventh in impromptu speaking.
Swisher received sixth place for impromptu speaking.
Wheeler received fourth place for persuasive speaking.
“We are proud of all the achievements of our students,” said Dr. David Bailey, director of forensics. “This tournament was a tough one – featuring seven nationally-prominent individual events squads. We look forward to continued growth and success at future competitions.”
The 2014-15 season continues for the Speaking Bearcats as they travel to Bowling Green State University in Ohio next month. For more information about SBU Forensics, please contact Bailey at dbailey@SBUniv.edu.