Another big victory for Simpson’s powerful debate team at Minnesota tourney

Simpson debabers Dana Bohan and Paul Safford

Simpson debaters Dana Bohan and Paul Safford

The Simpson football team isn’t the only Storm squad that knows how to record dramatic victories.

So does the Debate team.

The Simpson debaters scored a one-point win over Bethany Lutheran to capture the overall team championship Tuesday at the Parliamentary League of the Upper Midwest tournament in Mankato, Minn.

Five schools competed in the one-day event.

Simpson had two teams reach the semi-final round. Paul Safford and Dana Bohan finished as the top seed in the preliminary rounds, and they defeated a team from St. Olaf in the semi-finals.

Jacy Gomez and Ethan Fredrick from Simpson also reached the semi-finals, losing to a duo from Bethany.

Bethany then defeated Safford-Bohan in the final round.

“It was exciting to see Paul and Dana make to the final round for the first time ever,“ said Spencer Waugh, Simpson’s director of Speech and Debate. “They handled the pressure well as they represented the college in this academic forum.”

Despite the loss, Simpson still defeated Bethany in the overall team competition. Here are the final results:

Simpson 29
Bethany 28
St Olaf 15
Saint Cloud 3
South Dakota 3

“I was definitely most excited about coming out on top in team points, because that recognizes the contributions of all eight debaters,” Waugh said.

Representing Simpson were Fredrick, Gomez, Safford, Bohan, Michelle Beving, Ashley Gomez, Tegan Jarchow and Kiley Murray.

Fredrick was named the tournament’s Top Speaker, while Safford finished in third place and Jacy Gomez in seventh.

“Ethan dominated the tournament with his Top Speaker award,” Waugh said.

Marty Feeney, an adjunct professor in the Communications and Media Studies Department, traveled with the Simpson group to help judge.

He reports: “In just 17 hours the students traveled 440 miles, debated nuclear power, violence in the NFL, policies about mental illness, and Star War vs. Star Trek while consuming 752 McDonald’s French fries, 26 sodas and 16 pieces of peach pie. Jacy tweeted 42 messages to friends around the world while filling 64 pages of notes for her constructive speeches. Ethan was overall super-amazing with incredible twerky case analysis. Kiley was a walking-talking instant messaging machine. Spencer coached like he was on rhetorical fire. It was a whirlwind of trophy fun, so glad I was with them.”

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