Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-01-23

A Samford University debate team compiled a perfect 9-0 record to win the Capitol University debate tournament in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 17.

Teammates Ashley Streat of Leesburg, Ga., and Jon Mann of Florence defeated teams from Wayne State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of West Virginia, Macalaster College and Augustana College to finish first.

Streat was named the best debater of the 40 individuals at the tournament.

Samford teammates Clarke Bowers of Cahaba Heights and James Phillips of Vestavia Hills won five of seven debates to finish third at the tournament.

This year’s national debate topic deals with the pros and cons of the improvement of U.S. relations with Europe.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.