Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-10-26

Samford University varsity debaters Dan Bagwell and Logan Gramzinski are ranked 15th in the nation by the National Debate Tournament following a strong showing at a recent Vanderbilt University tournament. The national field includes more than 350 varsity teams at schools throughout the U.S.

The Samford team finished second at the Vanderbilt tournament after losing to Liberty University’s top team by one judge’s ballot in the semi-final round. They had earlier defeated the top team from University of Kentucky in the quarter-final round.

Gramzinski and Bagwell were named first and second place speakers, respectively, out of the 172 individual debaters at the tournament, held Oct. 16-18.

The team is ranked 23rd in the nation in the coach’s poll.

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.