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Forensics team wins 2 Illinois tourneys

The WKU forensics team was crowned sweepstakes champion at two tournaments Oct. 6-7 in Normal, Ill., and Peoria, Ill.

At the Bradley tournament, WKU was crowned sweepstakes champion, ahead of 22 other schools. The University of Northern Iowa placed second followed by Rice University, Eastern Michigan University and North Central College. WKU junior Gabriella Devia-Allen placed second in individual sweepstakes, a measure of overall individual success at a tournament.

WKU was also crowned sweepstakes champion at the Illinois State tournament, ahead of 20 other schools. The University of Northern Iowa placed second followed by McKendree University, North Central College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Next weekend, the team will split into three groups to attend three tournaments. One group will travel to Muncie, Ind., to compete at Ball State University.  Another will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to compete at the University of Alabama. A small contingent will travel to Irvine, Calif., to compete at Concordia University.

Results from the Seventy-Four Swing are as follows:

  • Tyler Dailey, a senior from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in informative speaking, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) and third in prose interpretation at the Bradley portion; tournament champion in informative speaking, third in prose interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) at the ISU portion.
  • Lindsey White, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., tournament champion in poetry interpretation, second in dramatic interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation at the Bradley portion; tournament champion in dramatic interpretation, tournament champion in poetry interpretation and second in prose interpretation at the ISU portion.
  • Austin Groves, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tyler Dailey) second in persuasive speaking and fifth in duo interpretation (with Darius Wilson) at the Bradley portion.
  • Elle Pratt, a junior from Fullerton, Calif., tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) at the Bradley portion; tournament champion in programmed oral interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Tyler Rife) at the ISU portion.
  • Ray Roberts, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, tournament champion in prose interpretation and fourth in poetry interpretation at the Bradley portion; third in poetry interpretation at the ISU portion.
  • Gabriella Devia-Allen, a junior from Davie, Fla., second in individual sweepstakes, second in prose interpretation, third in informative speaking, third in dramatic interpretation and sixth in duo interpretation (with Jamaque Newberry) at the Bradley portion; fifth in informative speaking, sixth in prose interpretation and sixth in dramatic interpretation at the ISU portion.
  • Sarah Brazier, a senior from Wadsworth, Ohio, second in programmed oral interpretation and fifth in dramatic interpretation at the Bradley portion; second in dramatic interpretation and fourth in programmed oral interpretation at the ISU portion.
  • Emma Collins, a sophomore from Chicago, Ill., second in extemporaneous speaking and semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the Bradley portion.
  • Ian Dowty, a sophomore from Valley Center, Kan., second in after-dinner speaking at the Bradley portion.
  • Nick Gilyard, a junior from Miami Gardens, Fla., second in poetry interpretation at the ISU portion.
  • Tyler Rife, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, third in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) and fourth in dramatic interpretation at the Bradley portion; third in duo interpretation (with Elle Pratt) fourth in dramatic interpretation and fourth in duo interpretation (with Tyler Dailey) at the ISU portion.
  • Jamaque Newberry, a sophomore from Tamarac, Fla., third in dramatic interpretation and sixth in after-dinner speaking at the ISU portion; sixth in duo interpretation (with Gabriella Devia-Allen) and semifinalist in prose interpretation at the Bradley portion.
  • Paige Settles, a freshman from Floyds Knobs, Ind., third in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in impromptu speaking at the ISU portion; sixth in communication analysis at the Bradley portion.
  • Kristina Medero, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., fourth in informative speaking at the ISU portion; fifth in informative speaking at the Bradley portion.
  • Lataya Williams, a freshman from Falcon Heights, Minn., fourth in persuasive speaking at the Bradley portion.
  • Rebekah Hall, a freshman from Des Moines, Iowa, fourth in extemporaneous speaking at the ISU portion.
  • Marshall Covert, a junior from St. Paul, Minn., fifth in programmed oral interpretation, fifth in impromptu speaking and semifinalist in prose interpretation at the Bradley portion; sixth in programmed oral interpretation at the ISU portion.
  • John Corum, a sophomore from Auburn, fifth in extemporaneous speaking and semifinalist in impromptu speaking at the Bradley portion.
  • Darius Wilson, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo., fifth in duo interpretation (with Austin Groves) at the Bradley portion.
  • Brittany Broder, a freshman from St. Charles, Mo., sixth in informative speaking at the Bradley portion; sixth in informative speaking at the ISU portion.

Contact: Jace Lux, (270) 745-6340.

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