June 24, 2024

UMW Debate Seniors Place Third at Round Robin

Colin McElhinny '14

Colin McElhinny ’14

University of Mary Washington Debate Team seniors Colin McElhinny (’14, Erie, Pa.) and Thomas Pacheco (’14, Baltimore, Md.) recently placed third at the Herbert L. James Round Robin held at Dartmouth College, Jan. 25 to 26.

Seven schools received invitations to the prestigious round robin, based on their performance at tournaments in the fall. The invitees included teams from UMW, Michigan, Northwestern, Georgetown, Harvard, Rutgers and Wake Forest. After six debates, UMW recorded four wins, including a win against the first place team from Michigan.

Thomas Pacheco '14

Thomas Pacheco ’14

“This award represents a significant competitive milestone in UMW Debate – it is the first time we’ve place in the top three at a round robin,” said Adrienne F. Brovero, director of debate at UMW. “We are looking forward to finishing our season strong.”

In early February, the UMW Debate Team will compete at the last tournament of the regular season at the University of Texas-Austin. After that, the team will compete at the district qualifying tournament, American Debate Association Nationals at Liberty University, and then the National Debate Tournament at Indiana University. Follow the team on Twitter @UMWDebate.