On the 2nd of January, ten members of the URDU ushered in the new year in a rather unconventional sense: by jumping onto a plane for Dallas, Texas and competing in two back-to-back national tournaments in about a week’s time. The coaching team of Martel and Miller were there to coach, judge and drive.
The Texas swing comprised of William DeMougeot Debates at University of North Texas and Fear and Loathing in Dallas at University of Texas, Dallas. Welcomed as a refreshing change from the otherwise hectic tournament schedules during the academic year, the Texas swing also brings good weather and great food. It is a learning ground for both old and new debaters, with novices Cody Monday and Rebecca Schaffer getting their first taste of the national circuit, even getting several wins out of both tournaments.
Overall, the team had decent showing at both tournaments, winning more rounds at the second tournament after much practice and research in between the tournaments.
More pictures of the tournaments: