Published on October 19, 2021 by Morgan Black  

Students Samantha Breland, Olivia Hall, Riley Kate Lancaster, Jake Norwood and Monroe Thornton competed in the Syracuse National Trial Competition Oct. 15-17, 2021. 

The team won three of four preliminary rounds and advanced to the Final Four. Jake Norwood received the Best Opening Statement award. 

They were coached by Julie McMakin ’09 and assistant coaches John Banks ’21 and Isabella Colombo ’20.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.