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.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.