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Most readers won’t care about this, but Mary Washington KS – our top policy debate team – just received a first round bid to the National Debate Tournament. In practical terms, this means they won’t have to compete at the district qualifying tournament to get to the NDT. In a broader sense, it’s pretty exciting to have two guys you debated with get recognized as one of the top 16 teams in the country. This is a school first, and it’s incredibly gratifying to read their names sandwiched in between debaters from perennial contenders like Harvard, Dartmouth, and Emory.
Mary Washington KS is debating at USC this weekend while the rest of the team stays on the East Coast at JMU. I think KS has already qualified for elims; best of luck to the entire team.
UPDATE: KS beat a Northwestern team in double octafinals; now they’re debating Harvard. Go, fight, win!
UPDATE II: Yahtzee – we’re through to quarters. KS will be debating either Wake Forest or Towson University.
UPDATE III: Lost to Wake Forest on a 2-1.
They’re through! Mary Washington KS defeated Whitman and are now debating Harvard in quarters. I’m pretty sure this is the first time any Mary Washington team has reached the quarterfinals of a major national circuit tournament, but I can’t say I’m surprised that KS made the breakthrough. It’s incredibly thrilling to get in on the ground floor of an institution that is really coming into its own, and I’ve never been prouder of my alma mater. My only regret is that I’m not at Wake Forest to watch the debates. Go Eagles!
UPDATE: Arghhhhh – lost on a 2-1 decision.
Mary Washington KS and Mary Washington SS (one of our younger varsity teams) are debating at Wake Forest’s Shirley Classic this weekend. It’s the last big tournament of the semester – here’s hoping they do some damage in elims. Go Eagles!
UPDATE: KS is 4-0 on the day; no word yet on SS. Also, we beat U. Texas, which bodes well for the Skins-Dallas game tomorrow.
UPDATE II: KS cleared with a 5-1 record; they’re hitting an Oklahoma team in double octafinals.
UPDATE III: So far, so good. They’re hitting a Whitman team in octafinals.
Having qualified for elimination rounds by the skin of their teeth (5-3 record), Mary Washington KS is now debating the number three seed from Cal Berkeley. We’ve beaten this team before, but if they do manage to pull off an upset, it will undoubtedly be a near run thing.
UPDATE: Godd*mn hippies. We’ll get ’em next time.
Mary Washington KS is debating at Harvard this weekend – widely considered the most competitive tournament on the national circuit (shit’s expensive; most schools can only afford to send their best teams). No word yet on their record, but qualifying for elims is going to be pretty tough. Go Eagles!
UPDATE: 5-2 going into round eight against Gonzaga. If we end up 6-2, we’re guaranteed to clear. If we get stuck at 5-3, qualifying for elimination rounds will depend on speaker points. Good luck Mary Washington!