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Debate Team wins national sweepstakes championships

April 30, 2010 : University Advancement staff

The 2010 Liberty University Debate Team continued its historic run of success by winning the National Debate Tournament (NDT), Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA), and American Debate Association (ADA) sweepstakes championships for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in the last five years. Liberty remains the only school to claim all three championships in a single season.

The Flames set new CEDA and NDT records, making the 2009-10 season historic, even by Liberty’s lofty standards. Liberty University established a new CEDA record of 197 points, breaking its own record of 196 points set in 2009. The Flames finished the season with 626 NDT points, shattering the previous record of 608 set by Liberty in 2004 — the only two times the 600-point barrier has been crossed in the tournament.

The Flames will say goodbye to seniors Ross Garrett, Stephanie Dillard Garrett, and Joshua Turnage, but will return a strong core of debaters ready to pursue another championship in 2011.


National Debate Tournament (NDT) Final Rankings

1. Liberty University
2. Binghamton University
3. University of California - Berkeley
4. Emory University
5. Northwestern University
6. Cornell University
7. James Madison University
8. University of Kansas
9. University of Oklahoma
10. University of Rochester

Cross-Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Final Rankings

1. Liberty University
2. Binghamton University
3. University of California - Berkeley
4. Northwestern University
5. Cornell University
6. Emory University
7. University of Oklahoma
8. James Madison University
9. University of Texas - San Antonio
10. University of Kansas

American Debate Association (ADA) Final Rankings

1. Liberty University
2. James Madison University
3. George Mason University
4. Wayne State University
5. Vanderbilt University
6. Clarion University
7. Georgia State University
8. Mary Washington University
9. Emory University
10. University of West Virginia