Georgia Debate Union wins University of Miami tournament

photo of five students with plaque

GDU Hurricane teaser.jpgFor the second year in a row, two teams representing the Georgia Debate Union tied for first place and won the Hurricane Debates at the University of Miami held from January 3 to January 6, 2018.  

Juniors Advait Ramanan (Howard County, Maryland) and Swapnil Agrawal (Chamblee, Georgia) went undefeated throughout the tournament, with multiple victories over teams representing Emory University, the University of Michigan, Trinity University and the University of Minnesota.

After suffering a couple of early losses in preliminary rounds, juniors Nathan Rice (Roswell, Georgia) and Johnnie Stupek (Sandy Springs, Georgia) finished the tournament strong and advanced to the final round with wins over teams from Emory University and the University of Minnesota.

The two teams achieved what is called a "close out" in finals, meaning that rather than debating each other, the final places are determined by which team had the better overall record 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 Alyssa Hoover (Alpharetta, Georgia) and Tripp Haskins (College Park, Georgia) finished tied for 5th place at the tournament.  

The University of Miami Hurricane debates featured schools from around the country, including teams from Emory University, Boston College, the United States Naval Academy, and the University of Michigan.  The Bulldogs' victory at Miami represents the second tournament won by the Georgia Debate Union in 2017-18, following a victory at the Vanderbilt University tournament this past October. 

Congratulations to our students and the excellent debate program in the department of communication studies. Thanks as always to head debate coach Hays Watson for keeping us informed.

Image: (left to right) Tripp Haskins, Nathan Rice, Advait Ramanan, Alyssa Hoover, Swapnil Agrawal, and Johnnie Stupek.