Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-09-23

Samford University varsity debaters began the year by finishing 32nd out of 188 teams at a weekend tournament at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Dan Bagwell and Logan Gramzinski advanced to the elimination rounds by beating, among others, a top 16 team from Emory University and a Cross Examination Debate Association national championship team from Towson University.

They are now ranked 23rd in the nation in CEDA rankings and 21st in National Debate Tournament rankings, according to debate coach Abi Williams.

“Advancing to the elimination rounds at GSU sets Dan and Logan up as one of the best teams in the nation for the ’09-’10 season,” said Williams. “This is great for so early in the year.”

Also at the Georgia tournament, held Sept. 18-21, Samford  junior varsity debaters Kaitlin DeFoor and Jacob Lewis advanced to the final round of their division.  Lewis was named third best  individual speaker and DeFoor was named fifth best speaker among debaters from 30 teams.

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.