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Tournament Results

The Speech and Debate Team traveled to Concordia University, Irvine to compete in the California Double-Up Invitational October 13-16, 2011, comprising the Concordia Classic and Cougar Classic tournaments.  Pacific finished fourth overall and third in debate sweepstakes out of over 30 schools from around the country.  Notable performances include:

  • Mariam al-Enezi finished First in Novice Impromptu.
  • Pacific Debaters, Lance Buback (Concordia Classic) and Richard Birlew (Cougar Classic), were 5th place speakers in their respective tournaments (out of over 80 debaters). 
  • David Wu finished second and Alex Howard was a semi-finalist in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Later in October the debate team of Richard Birlew and Robert Birlew competed in Parliamentary Debate at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), where they made it to the Octo-Final Round (top 16 out of 44 teams). The Birlew team is currently ranked fourth in the nation out of over 350 teams. The debate team of Lance Buback and Josh Rayburn competed in Parliamentary Debate at Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA), where they made it to the Quarter-Final round (top 8 teams).  Lance also made it to the semi-final round in Lincoln Douglas debate, a one-person, persuasive policy debate.


The Pacific Speech and Debate team traveled to William Jewell College for the Cardinal Classic and Bowman debate tournaments September 15-19.  More than 20 schools across the country attended.  Pacific Speech and Debate competed for three days, 14 hours each day, performing very well against tough national circuit competition. The team of Emma Henry and Mark Rauschmayer reached the octofinal round at the Cardinal Classic, and Emma Henry was 5th speaker out of almost 100 debaters.  They also reached the octofinal round at the Bowman Memorial tournament, where Emma Henry was 20th speaker. The team of Richard Birlew and Robert Birlew reached the quarterfinal round at the Cardinal Classic and qualified for elimination rounds at the Bowman, ending in the double-octofinal round.

The team participated in the Golden Gate Season Opener tournament at San Francisco State University September 23-25 along with more than 30 schools across the country. Pacific Speech and Debate defeated 42 other debate teams in the open division, and the team of Richard Birlew and Robert Birlew were declared tournament champions with an overall record of 8-2! Other notable performances included J.R. Birlew in Open Extemporaneous speaking and Megan Rexroad in Novice Impromptu. Megan Rexroad is a Pacific Speech "legacy," as her father also competed for Pacific in the early 1980s. Also competing at the tournament were: Cody Rommel, David Wu, Lance Bubak, Nicole McCullough, London Donson and Angelina Norwood.