SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s debate team of senior Tim Harper, from Ashland, Ore., and sophomore Jordon Newton, Spokane, placed second at the Weber State University Round Robin tournament this past weekend in Ogden, Utah.
The team posted a 6-1 record in the preliminary rounds win victories over University of Wyoming, University of Michigan, Arizona State University, Chico State University, Idaho State University, and University of Puget Sound. The team defeated University of Nevada-Las Vegas in the semifinals before losing 2-1 to Wyoming in the finals.
The team has shown steady improvement this season and has begun to hit stride as the National Debate Tournament in March approaches. The Zag debaters now head into the home stretch of their schedule with their last university-sponsored tournament at Northwestern University the weekend of Feb. 7-10. The team will then compete in the National Debate Tournament qualifier, Cross Examination Debate Association Nationals, and, hopefully, the National Debate Tournament.
Gonzaga’s debate program is consistently among the nation’s most successful. Last spring, a Zag team advanced to the NDT’s Final Four for the first time in school history. Gonzaga has qualified at least one team for the NDT for 16 consecutive years.
For more information, please contact Glen Frappier, director of forensics and senior lecturer for the communication arts department, at (509) 313-6663 or via e-mail.