The Tulane University Debate Team won its second tournament in as many tries this year, with first-year debaters Ren Allen and Jeremy Evans prevailing in varsity in their first NPDA competitions ever. The duo both missed the earlier Morehouse College tournament but made up for lost time by winning the Bayou City Swing Tournament at San Jacinto College in Houston.
Allen and Evans broke to varsity quarterfinals alongside teammates Claire Kueffner and Madison Sullivan. Both teams won their quarterfinals, setting up a match between the two in semifinals. As the higher seed, Allen and Evans advanced to finals without a round. After some administrative confusion, the final round against UT-Austin was cancelled and Tulane was declared co-champions.
Here are the full results for Tulane at the tournament:
Ren Allen & Jeremy Evans – Co-Champions
Claire Kueffner & Madison Sullivan – Semifinalists
Ren Allen – 2nd Speaker
Four Tulane teams in total competed at the Bayou City Swing. The team will next travel to Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee in the effort to win their third straight NPDA (National Parliamentary Debate Association) tournament. Two years ago, Tulane placed two teams in semifinals at this competition.