Santa Clara University’s Philalethic Invitational last weekend came down to a final round between Campolindo's Kevin Deng & Krish Visht and Evergreen’s Albert Le & Kushal Sharma. Campolindo picked up on a 2-1 split decision, affirming the resolution, “The United Nations should remove veto power from permanent members of the Security Council.”
Out of 70 teams in varsity competition, the tournament broke 16 to octofinals. Though this year’s break still earned a one point penalty, it was substantially better than previous years, perhaps since less teams were in competition due to the concurrent Tournament of Champions.
Bentley’s Ryan Booth & Devin Pracar finished the five preliminary rounds as top seed, with teammates Lucy Holt & Katya Mitzin and Irene Partsuf & Michael Rubsamen joining them as the other 5-0 teams.
On the way to finals, Campolindo defeated Evergreen’s Himanshu Gautam & Ayush Shukla in octofinals, Bentley’s MLK champions Gabriela Burshteyn & Katie Stamm-Kirk in quarters, and Evergreen’s Violet Sinnarkar & Janaki Vivrekar in semis. Evergreen dropped Booth & Pracar in octos, Partsuf & Rubsamen in quarters, and Irvington’s Medha Acharya & Jessica Singh in semis.
The top speaker award went to Adiyan Kaul from Cupertino, followed closely by Bentley’s Gabriela Burshteyn, Bentley’s Katie Stamm-Kirk, and Los Altos’ Alex Wong. Irvington's Rachit Pareek took top speaker in novice.
Evergreen Sinnarkar & Vivrekar def. Bentley Booth & Pracar (3-0)
Irvington Rishabh Meswani & William Yoo def. Cupertino Nikhil Agrawal & Adiyan Kaul
Irvington Acharya & Singh def. Campolindo Shannon Bonet & Sharon Yuan (3-0)
Campolindo Deng & Visht def. Evergreen Gautam & Shukla (2-1)
Bentley Partsuf & Rubsamen def. Saratoga Gaurav Mohan & Varun Meduri (3-0)
Bentley Holt & Mitzin def. Evergreen Gabriela Escobar & Connie Lu (3-0)
Evergreen Le & Sharma def. San Marin Bill Cao & James Gunn (2-1)
Bentley Burshteyn & Stamm-Kirk def. San Marin Tyler Colenbrander & Aditya Katewa (2-1)
Evergreen LS def. Bentley PR (3-0)
Campolindo DV def. Bentley BS (2-1)
Irvington AS def. Bentley HM (2-1)
Evergreen SV def. Irvington Meswani & Yoo (3-0)
Campolindo DV def. Evergreen SV (2-1)
Evergreen LS def. Irvington AS (2-1)
Campolindo DV def. Evergreen LS (2-1)