UTSA debaters win at Central Oklahoma, carrying 10th rank in nation

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(Nov. 17, 2009)--The UTSA debaters recently had a banner weekend at a regional tournament at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. The UTSA debate team currently ranks 10th in the nation.

Novice debaters Jessica Mendez and Bennett Grimes placed first. Mendez won fifth speaker. Fellow novices Brianna Roberts and Emil Calhoun placed third and Calhoun won third speaker.

UTSA debaters Austin Montee and Michael Tahmoressi won the junior division. Tahmoressi won fourth speaker and Montee won second speaker.

Chris Thomas and Andy Montee placed third in the open division (championship level). Thomas won third speaker and Montee won sixth speaker. Thomas and Montee will travel to Wake Forest for their next outing. After that, the team will not travel again until January.

The competition featured 26 colleges and universities including Trinity University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Kansas, University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University.