Teams representing the Georgia Debate Union recently earned first and second place at the University of Miami Hurricane Debates tournament, which took place from January 3rd through 6th.
The sophomore team of Swapnil Agrawal (Chamblee, Georgia) and Advait Ramanan (Howard County, Maryland) finished in first place and went undefeated during the tournament, with wins over teams from Emory University, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, and Trinity University.
The sophomore team of Nathan Rice (Roswell, Georgia) and Johnnie Stupek (Sandy Springs, Georgia) placed second and also went undefeated during the tournament, with wins over teams from Emory University, the University of Michigan, Georgia State University, and the University of Minnesota.
The two teams achieved what is called a "close out" in finals. This means that rather than debating each other, the final places are determined by which team had the higher speaker points over the course of the tournament. Four of the top five speakers - including the first place speaker - of the tournament were members of the Georgia Debate Union.
Additionally, the team of freshman Alyssa Hoover and junior Cameron Henderson also had a strong showing in Miami, finishing in 15th place.
The University of Miami Hurricane debates featured schools from around the country, including teams from Vanderbilt University, the United States Naval Academy, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Bulldogs' victory at Miami represents the third tournament won by the Georgia Debate Union in 2016-17, following wins at the Samford University and Liberty University tournaments, respectively.
Fantastic work by our students, distinguishing themselves and UGA at elite-level debate tournaments, all the while keeping up with their course loads. This is the third tournament victory in 16-17. Keep up the great work. Thanks to debate coach Hays Watson for the updates and photos.
Image: left to right: Alyssa Hoover, Nathan Rice, Advait Ramanan, Johnnie Stupek, Cameron Henderson, and Swapnil Agrawal.