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UofL Debate Finishes in the Sweet 16

Bloomington, IN --The University of Louisville Malcolm X Debate Team participated in the 2014 Cross-Examination Debate Tournament (CEDA) at Indiana University March 21-24.  With over 70 universities and 170 entries, the Cardinals proved that they were among the best.

First year debaters Westerfield Tolbert and Arnav Wheat qualified to the novice breakout division, set up exclusively for first year debaters.  With about fifty first year entries, the team of Wes and Arnav qualified to participate in the elite eight, placing them among the top first year debaters in the country. 

In the varsity division, the team of D’Sarah Lattimore and Michael Barnett swept the competition.  After eight preliminary rounds of competition, D’Sarah and Michael finished with an impressive 6 win and 2 loss records.  Their wins were against teams from University of Texas, University of Kansas, California State Fullerton, Gonzaga, Western Connecticut, and West Georgia University.   

Their record qualified them to debate in the elimination rounds where they were seated higher than many of the top programs in the country; such as Harvard, Wake Forest, NYU, Stanford, Kansas, and many others.  Ranked tenth in the tournament, the team of D’Sarah and Michael advanced all the way to the sweet sixteen, before losing to Oklahoma in a very close debate.    

In addition, D’Sarah Lattimore proved that she was one of the best speakers in the country.  Out of 340 participants from across the country, D’Sarah was number 8.

Competitive success was not the only thing the Cards were recognized for at the CEDA National Championship.  At the opening night ceremony four Cardinals were recognized as National Debate Scholars.  Juniors Michael Barnett and Indraneel Reddy were recognized as Summa Cum Laude for achieving a GPA above 3.75.  Seniors D’Sarah Lattimore and Doug Lusco were recognized as Cum Laude for achieving a GPA above 3.25.

Great job CARDS!!!!

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