TEXAS TECH SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM SWEEPS COMPETITION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Feb. 16, 2005
CONTACT: Jeff Stoughton, jeff.stoughton@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK –Members of the Texas Tech University Speech and Debate team secured the top four spots at the Oklahoma Sweetheart Swing tournament at the University of Oklahoma Feb. 11-13.

The competition featured parliamentary debate, in which teams of two faced off on a variety of topics. The topics changed for each round and included current events such as President Bush’s economic policies and North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

“You name it, it’s fair game,” said head coach Ric Shafer. “As long as it’s in newspapers or on TV, we’re expected to be prepared for it.”

Texas Tech’s opponents included Rice University, West Texas A&M University, the University of Oklahoma and other schools from around the nation. The Sweetheart Swing is a national tournament hosted by the University of Oklahoma and sanctioned by the American Forensics Association and the National Parliamentary Debate Association. The tournament is open to all colleges and is used as a preliminary competition to tournaments held by AFA and NPDA.

Texas Tech participants were:
• Arika McCoy of Dripping Springs,
• Tim West of Amarillo,
• Vamsi Vemuru of Odessa,
• Anthony Putnicki of El Paso,
• Sonia Shah of Carrollton,
• Steven Chang of Hawaii,
• Gianpaolo Macerola of Houston
• Shiva Bodhireddy of Lubbock.