Speech Team's 2011-12 season off to a fine start
Oct. 19, 2011 - The Boxers perform well at two tournaments in Virginia and another at Lewis & Clark College.
Pacific University’s speech team opened its 2011-12 season earlier this month with a trio of strong showings, two of which came during a cross-country trip to the Mid-Atlantic region.
The squad began its season Oct. 1-2 at the Virginia is for Lovers event, a pair of tournaments hosted by George Mason University and James Madison University. The Boxers squared off against a number of institutions in this extremely competitive tournament, including Cornell University and Seton Hall University.
All five Boxers making the trip successfully placed in their respective events on day one of the tournament.
Matthew Yasuoka earned fourth place in the Individual Sweepstakes category, which contributed to a second-place Boxer team finish in the category. Yasuoka also finished fifth in After Dinner Speaking.
Lilly Huynh and Lindsey McLaughlin finished third in Dramatic Duo Interpretation, with Huynh also placing fourth in Poetry Interpretation.
Brianna Castellini finished fifth in Poetry Interpretation, and Colton Markham placed sixth in the After Dinner category.
The second tournament of the swing, on Sunday, Oct. 2, continued to bode well for the Boxers as all five students again placed in an event.
Yasuoka placed fourth in the Individual Sweepstakes for a second consecutive time to lead Pacific to a fourth-place team finish in the category. He earned additional fourth-place showings in both After Dinner Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking, and finished 5th in Persuasion.
Castellini placed second in Poetry Interpretation, and Huynh and McLaughlin finished third in Dramatic Duo Interpretation.
Individually, Huynh finished sixth in Poetry Interpretation and McLaughlin fifth in Prose Interpretation. Markham finished fifth in After Dinner Speaking.
Collectively, Pacific students earned 15 individual awards over the two days.
The following week, the Boxers competed well against fellow Northwest Forensics Conference member institutions at Lewis & Clark College’s annual Steve Hunt Classic held Oct. 7-9.
Castellini finished second in both Poetry Interpretation and Prose Interpretation. John Michael Sproles finished fourth in the Prose category as well.
Yasuoka placed third in both Impromptu Speaking and Persuasive Speaking, and fifth in After Dinner Speaking behind fellow Boxer Alex Hatch, who placed third in the category. Markham finished fourth in Impromptu Speaking and Huynh placed sixth in Poetry Interpretation. Huynh and McLaughlin claimed second place in the Duo Interpretation category.
All told, the Boxers picked up 10 individual awards and finished third as a team in the Individual Sweepstakes category.
“I am very pleased to have such a strong showing this early in the season,” said Director of Forensics Daniel Broyles. “The team has set the bar high for another exceptional season.”
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