Rainy Oregon storms brought safety concerns to the forefront of the Wilson Invitational. A revised schedule was released Saturday morning, cutting a round of individual events and finals for debate. Additionally, the semi finals were moved to happen during awards. With a new schedule of three prelims, teams needed at least a 2-1 record with at least 168 speaker points and 5 opposition wins to break to semis.
At awards, the tournament staff announced the names of the four semifinalist teams: Lincoln’s Kate LeBlanc & Andria Tattersfield, Lakeridge’s Eva Augst & Seba MarinQuiros, Wilson’s Elijah Moon & William Sweek, and South Eugene’s Alex Leve & Ada Sprenglemeyer.
Each team that reached semifinals received one of the two alternate qualifiers needed to show proven excellence for state. Throughout the competition season in Oregon, partnerships may acquire legs for alternate qualification by competing in the semifinal or final round of eligible tournaments. Having two alternate qualifiers can ensure that a partnership has a spot at state, regardless of the outcomes from district championships
As the storms rolled in, bringing floods and power outages around the Portland metro area, the tournament drew to an unexpectedly early close. By the end of awards, with semifinals ongoing, the tournament staff and coaches encouraged students to leave as soon as possible. At 5:30 pm, a record time for Oregon tournaments, the day pulled to a close with no announcements of finalists.
After a windy start to the season, the Oregon circuit meets again at the Willamette Jerry Hudson tournament.
Results may be found here.
Our Oregon correspondents are Karl Moeglein, who debates for Ashland High School, and SaraJane Griffiths, who debates for Lake Oswego High School.