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March 20, 2001 

CUA Debate Team Wins Varsity Debate National Championship


While Catholic University's men's basketball team was finishing its successful run to a national championship on March 17, another CUA team was polishing off the opposition en route to its own national title at Clarion University in Clarion, Pa.


Sophomore varsity debaters Michael Pomorski and Mat Dunn won the American Debate Association National Varsity Debate Championship during the weekend of March 17-18. After upsetting seniors from last year's national championship team, Mr. Pomorski and Mr. Dunn won the final round in a unanimous decision, bringing home CUA's first national varsity debate title.


The CUA Debate Team also became the first team in the championship's history to win top individual speaker honors in all three divisions of competition. CUA was honored with top speaker in the nation in the novice, junior varsity and varsity divisions. Freshman Anna McCrerey was awarded top novice speaker in the nation, freshman Kerri Coleman was named top junior varsity speaker in the nation, and sophomore Michael Pomorski won the title of top varsity speaker in the nation.


About 100 institutions of higher education compete in the American Debate Association.


With its recent successes, Catholic University remains ranked number 1 in the nation by both the National Debate Tournament and the American Debate Association. Final national rankings will be released on April 15.


Last weekend's milestone comes on the heels of a victory on March 11 by freshmen Joseph McBurney and Anna McCrerey, who won the Cross Examination Debate Association Novice National Debate Championship at Towson University in Towson, Md.

For more information on the debate team, go to http://debate.cua.edu/. 




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