The Miami University debate team traveled to the University of Northern Iowa to compete in the "Season Opener" tournament held in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Here are the four debaters outside the van in Iowa.
The team of Ilya Galperin (sophomore, Toledo) and Aaron Vinson (freshman, GBN) reached the quarterfinals. They were 5-3 in the preliminary rounds, cleared as the 17th seed. They defeated Wayne State in the double-octa finals and defeated the top seed from Missouri State in the octas. Here are Ilya and Aaron in their post-round discussion after winning the double-octas.
The team of Mike Maffie (sophomore, Centerville) and Kevin Wieck (freshman, MBA) reached the octa-finals. They were 6-2 in the prelims, cleared as the 6th seed. They lost to Baylor University in the octa's. Here is Mike prepping for the octa's debate. Kevin prepping for the first prelim round.
Mike Maffie was the 18th speaker. Here he is receiving the award.
Kevin, Ilya and Aaron on the van ride to Iowa.
Mike highlighting evidence on the way to Iowa.
On the way to Iowa we saw...corn fields.
Ilya, Kevin, Aaron and Mike in the hotel lobby at our arrival in Waterloo.
Prep the day and night before the tournament.
A little bit of "team bonding" in the hotel on Saturday night.
Ilya and Aaron prepping before their double-octa final round against Wayne State.
Conducting an anti-terrorist operation in the Iowa 80 truckstop (the largest truck stop in America).
More corn fields...
Ilya, as we all were, tired on the way home.
NEXT WEEK: We travel to Georgia State. Mike Jensen (sophomore, Toledo) will be debating with Michael Richardson (freshman, St. John's). Mike Maffie will be debating with Jason Young (freshman, Centerville).