University of Wisconsin–Madison Forensics Team - Development of The Team (A Timeline)

Development of The Team (A Timeline)

1991

  • The 1989 Division I National Champion UW–Madison Forensics Team is discontinued due to budget cuts.

January 2002

  • Christopher Klundt, Adam Klann, and AJ Hofland traveled to the Indiana Championships at Indiana University to videotape all the forensics categories as well as to interview coaches and competitors.
  • Collegiate Forensics League of UW student organization founded.

February - April 2002

  • Indiana University, Ripon College, and UW–Eau Claire express interest in helping start the program.

Summer 2002

  • Associated Students of Madison Operations Grant received for $2000.
  • Volunteer coach, Cara Peterson agrees to help out in the beginning of the season.

Fall 2002

  • Students begin competing in October, placing 6th out of 15 teams at the first tournament (12 students attended, along with Cara Peterson).
  • 5 tournaments were attended in the fall, 5 students qualified for the NFA national tournament, and at least one student made finals at every tournament.
  • Collegiate Forensics League of UW gets office space with other student organizations in Union South.

Spring 2003

  • Team travels (expenses paid by students) to California for a West Coast regional tournament.
  • Volunteer coach resigns due to lack of time.
  • Team takes 4th place at state, with several individual finalists.
  • Team travels to the Novice National Tournament and places 3rd in Division I overall sweepstakes. Dave Sargent places 2nd in Individual Sweepstakes and is the National Duo Champion (partner Samantha Sostarich).
  • Further discussion with Dean Fitzpatrick provides promising contact with L&S Honors Department (director: Cyrena Pondrom).

Summer 2003

  • Honors agrees to sponsor the team.
  • ASM operations grant received for $1000.

Fall 2003

  • Only two tournaments affordable and 3 students qualify for the NFA national tournament.
  • Honors grants the team ~$8000 to pay for coaching and tournament expenses in the spring semester.
  • Ben Jedd expresses interest in helping coach.

Spring 2004

  • Ben Jedd signs on with Honors as a part-time paid coach.
  • Team travels to 3 regional tournaments, placing 1st in Small Team Sweepstakes at the Jackson Purchase Swing in KY.
  • Active competitors increases to 11 students, and the team placed 3rd at the State tournament.
  • 8 students qualify for and attend the NFA National Tournament, where the team placed 16th in Division II.
  • 7 students attend the District qualifying tournament for the AFA National Tournament, and 4 students qualify (including 2 District champions).
  • Team places 51st in the country at the AFA National tournament in Long Beach, CA.

Fall 2004

  • Recruitment succeeds, and active student participation is holding steady at about 15 students (another 25% increase).
  • Successfully attend 7 tournament weekends, while earning 5 qualifications for the AFA National Tournament and 15 for the NFA National Tournament.
  • Permanent office space granted in 4116 Helen C. White (College Library).

Spring 2005

  • MCSC grant accepted for $800 to be used for minority recruitment opportunities.
  • Team places third at state tournament, with two state champions and 2nd place overall speaker (Christopher Klundt).
  • 5 students qualify for the AFA National Tournament in a total of 15 events. Emily Barsness is District Champion in ADS.
  • 8 students qualify for the NFA National Tournament in a total of 21 events.
  • Team wins TCFL tournament Feb. 15th.
  • Team places 8th (Div. I) at the NFA National Tournament, and has one quarterfinalist (Christopher Klundt - Informative Speaking).

Spring 2006

  • Team places 2nd at Wisconsin State Tournament.
  • Team places 26th at the AFA National Tournament, and has two National Finalists. These are the first UW–Madison finalists since 1990.
  • National Finalist: David Sargent, 6th in Drama (AFA).
  • National Finalist: Emily Barsness, 6th in Prose (AFA).
  • Team places 6th (Div. I) at the NFA National Tournament
  • Quarterfinalist: Anna-Lisa Dahlgren and Thom Rehwaldt (Duo)

Spring 2007

  • Team places 2nd at Wisconsin State Tournament. Margin between 1st and 2nd place is only 14 points.
  • Team places 23rd at the AFA National Tournament, and has numerous quarterfinalists.
  • Semifinalist: Anna-Lisa Dahlgren (Communication Analysis)
  • Team places 3rd (Div. I) at the NFA National Tournament, and has numerous quarterfinalists.
  • National Finalist: Emily Barsness and Thom Rehwaldt, 5th in Duo (NFA).

Summer 2007

  • Team teaches a public speaking course through the UW PEOPLE Program.

Spring 2008

  • 3 UW students qualify for the AFA National Individual Events Tournament in Austin, TX.
  • 15 students qualify for the NFA National Tournament in Nashville, TN.
  • Team places 2nd at the Wisconsin State Tournament.
  • Team places 26th at the AFA National Tournament.
  • Semifinalist: Anna-Lisa Dahlgren (Communication Analysis)
  • Team places 6th (Div. I) at the NFA National Tournament, and has numerous elimination rounds.
  • Semifinalist: Anna-Lisa Dahlgren (Persuasion)
  • Semifinalist: Anna-Lisa Dahlgren and Mark Ruff (Duo)
  • National Finalist: Anna-Lisa Dahlgren, 4th in Experimental Event: Biographical Informative (NFA).

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