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Debate team Matthew Doggett | Courtesy

Hillsdale won first place team and the top three places in debate at Bowling Green State Uni­versity this weekend.

After winning all of their pre­lim­inary rounds, sopho­mores Lucy Meckler and Joel Meng won their semi­final round, meeting freshmen Jadon Buzzard and T.J. Wilson in finals. Due to their better pre­lim­inary record, Meckler and Meng won first place.

“It was good to see my partner and I improve over the course of the tour­nament and see our effort pay off,” Meng said. “Lucy was amazing and she excels at the critical aspects of debate, which is the key driver of our success.”

The debate team com­peted in two back-to-back tour­na­ments at Bowling Green State throughout the weekend: the first on Sat­urday and the second on Sunday.

On Sat­urday, sophomore Kathleen Hancock and freshman Ryan Lanier were both semi­fi­nalists in indi­vidual par­lia­mentary debate. Both were unde­feated in their pre­lim­inary rounds.

“It was cool doing so well in my first time doing this form of debate and preparing myself for all my rounds,” Lanier said.

On Sat­urday, in two-on-two par­lia­mentary debate, the team of senior Duncan Voyles and sophomore Henrey Deese and the team of sopho­mores Brigid Maj­mudar and Eliz­abeth Owen com­peted in semi­finals. Voyles and Deese also made semi­finals on Sunday.

This was Maj­mudar and Owen’s first tour­nament of the year.

“It clar­ified what we need to do to prepare for future tour­na­ments,” Maj­mudar said.

This was also the first time Buzzard and Wilson com­peted in par­lia­mentary debate. Wilson attributed their success to a change in their strategy.

“We started the first day going 1 – 3,” Wilson said. “After that, we were really annoyed. We decided to comb our hair the opposite direction for the second day and we went 3 – 1 and won second.”  

Coach Matthew Doggett said the team brought more people than it has to any tour­nament this year.

“We had 17 people go,” Doggett said. “They all got along, and that’s the great part of the team this year.”

  • Jen­nifer Melfi

    Nice work