LSU SHREVEPORT DEBATE FINISHES SEASON WITH 9 NATIONAL TITLES
March 26, 2013
(Shreveport) The LSU Shreveport Debate team finished its season with a combined total of 9 IPDA National Championship titles after four long days of competition at the International Public Debate Association's national championship tournament hosted by the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Teams arrived at the University of Arkansas at Monticello this past weekend for the 2013 IPDA National Championship Tournament. The LSU Shreveport team won nearly 60% of their preliminary rounds earning 14 spots in the elimination rounds. As a program, the team earned 4 national tournament titles. The team won the National Tournament Overall Championship title, the Scholastic Championship, and Founders title. Finance majors Cody King and Christian Juneau each made it to the final round in the respective divisions. King lost in the professional division final on a 2-1 decision. Things were different for Juneau as he defeated his opponent and took the Novice National Tournament Championship title.
Before the tournament began, the team had already earned 5 national championship titles for competition throughout the season. The LSUS team was the top ranked program in the nation in the Varsity, Professional and Scholastic division season rankings. Success in those categories contributed to the Founders' Cup title making LSUS the top ranked program in the nation for the 2012-2013 competitive season. Individually, senior Psychology major Chelsea Anthony won the season ranking title in the Varsity division.
The Season Ranking National title is the fifth in a row for LSU Shreveport. The National Tournament title is the team's second in a row and third in the last five years.