Four juniors and seniors placed in the finals and brought UNO Forensics its first ever second place team finish at the prestigious “Hell Froze Over” national tournament in Peoria, Illinois Jan. 11-14. In poetry, Cole Evans claimed first place, Lauren Ackerman third, and Traelon Graham fourth Jan. 12. Evans also finished second in dramatic interpretation. Ackerman won the program of oral interpretation and sweeps, as well as the duo with Queeny Pimentel. Evans was fourth in sweeps. In the second day of the tournament, all three prose competitors – Ackerman, Pimentel and Graham – Jan. 13 advanced to finals. UNO’s second place finish with just four competitors was topped only by George Mason, which had 26 competitors.
In an earlier warm-up for nationals, UNO claimed its fourth consecutive title in the most prized championship at the halfway point of the season in Kearney, Nebraska. Seven of the top 15 schools competed at the December tournament. UNO competed with 11 students – half the number of larger schools – in 50 events. UNO Forensics again overcame the odds to claim the team first place award. You can follow team results on Twitter @unoforensics, as well as UNO Forensics on Facebook.