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WKU Forensics Team wins tournaments at Ball State

The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Muncie, Indiana, to take part in two tournaments the weekend of Oct. 10-11.

The tournaments were co-hosted by Ball State University and Illinois State University. Ball State will also host the National Forensic Association National Tournament in April. WKU swept the team sweepstakes at both tournaments, ahead of 14 schools, including the University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern University, Illinois State University, Bradley University and Eastern Michigan University. Junior Camille Acosta ranked in the top three in individual sweepstakes at both tournaments, a measure of personal success across multiple events.

Next weekend, the team will split to travel in two different directions. Some team members will travel to the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; others will compete at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Results from the 45th annual Ball State/Illinois State “Age of Aquarius” Swing Tournament are as follows:

  • Paige Settles, a senior from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, tournament champion in informative speaking and tournament champion in impromptu speaking at the Ball State tournament; fourth in informative speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Carolyn Evans, a junior from Urbandale, Iowa, tournament champion in impromptu speaking and third in extemporaneous speaking at the ISU tournament; second in extemporaneous speaking and second in impromptu speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • Allison Williams, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, tournament champion in dramatic interpretation and second in after-dinner speaking at the ISU tournament; second in dramatic interpretation at the Ball State tournament.
  • Tyler McDaniel, a freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Casey Child) and fourth in communication analysis at the Ball State tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Casey Child) at the ISU tournament.
  • Casey Child, a freshman from Taylor Mill, tournament champion in duo interpretation (with Tyler McDonald) at the Ball State tournament; second in duo interpretation (with Tyler McDonald) at the ISU tournament.
  • Camille Acosta, a junior from El Paso, Texas, second in individual sweepstakes, second in programmed oral interpretation, third in poetry interpretation and third in duo interpretation (with Kaitlyn Barriere) at the Ball State tournament; second in programmed oral interpretation, third in individual sweepstakes, third in duo interpretation (with Kaitlyn Barriere) and fifth in prose interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Brent O’Connor, a junior from Plantation, Florida, second in poetry interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation at the Ball State tournament; second in poetry interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Mackenzie Birkey, a sophomore from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, second in dramatic interpretation at the Ball State tournament; fourth in dramatic interpretation at the ISU tournament.
  • Kaitlyn Barriere, a sophomore from Cooper City, Florida, third in duo interpretation (with Camille Acosta) at the Ball State tournament; third in duo interpretation (with Camille Acosta) at the ISU tournament.
  • Murphy Burke, a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, third in impromptu speaking at the ISU tournament; fourth in impromptu speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • Michael Rizzo, a sophomore from Weston, Florida, fourth in after-dinner speaking and fourth in informative speaking at the Ball State tournament.
  • Jon Sahlman, a junior from Modesto, California, fourth in impromptu speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Mark Allseits, a junior from Englewood, Florida, fifth in extemporaneous speaking at the ISU tournament.
  • Bailey Rung, a sophomore from Blaine, Minnesota, sixth in extemporaneous speaking at the ISU tournament; sixth in extemporaneous speaking at the Ball State tournament.

More: Check out the WKU Forensics Facebook page or follow @wkuforensics on Twitter.

Contact: Ganer Newman, (270) 745-6340

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