AFA-NIET

For seven consecutive years, the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team has earned a top 20 national ranking at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). To learn more about the AFA-NIET, visit: http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/niet/niet.html
Here's a look back at the team's past successes at the AFA-NIET:

2013 AFA-NIET: Hutchinson Community College

AFA2013

  • Team placed 8th in Team Sweepstakes, the best team sweepstakes place in Gustavus history.
  • This is the fourth straight year that the team has finished with a top 10 national ranking after it placed 10th in both 2010 and 2011
  • Junior Shelby Wilds made it to the finals in the Persuasive Speaking category and ended up placing fifth for the team’s best individual finish at the tournament. Wilds also advanced to the quarterfinals in Communication Analysis.
  • Junior Kelsey Abele was a semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking and advanced to the quarterfinals in both Drama Interpretation and Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Sophomore Brady Mueller advanced to the semifinals in Drama Interpretation and the quarterfinals in Poetry Interpretation. Mueller also teamed up with senior Kaitlin Burlingame to reach the quarterfinals in the Dramatic Duo event.
  • Burlingame was also a quarterfinalist in the After Dinner Speaking category.
  • Senior Chris Moua advanced to the quarterfinals in three different events including Communication Analysis, Informative Speaking, and Persuasive Speaking.
  • Sophomore Courtney Train reached the semifinals in Poetry Interpretation and the quarterfinals in After Dinner Speaking.
  • First-year student Logan Boese reached the quarterfinals in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Other team members who competed at the AFA-NIET included seniors Hannah Engel and Vanessa Condon, juniors Sonja Johnson and Mariecus Jarvis, sophomores Brittany Knutson, Karin Nordin, and Kate Spaulding, and first-year students Emily Meyer, Becca Snapp, and Wilson Fields.

2012 AFA-NIET: Texas State University San Marcos

Forensics

  • Team placed 9th in Team Sweepstakes
  • The team earned 189.5 points during the three-day tournament (April 7-9), which took place at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. This is the third straight year that the team has finished with a top 10 national ranking after it placed 10th in both 2010 and 2011
  • Senior Chloe Radcliffe followed her national championship in Prose Interpretation last year with another 1st place finish in After Dinner Speaking. She was also a semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation and Program Oral Interpretation, and a quarterfinalist in Informative Speaking and Dramatic Duo with first-year partner Brady Mueller. She also recieved 4th place in Individual Sweepstakes, the best finish by a Gustavus forensics team member in school history.
  • Junior Kaitlin Burlingame became a semifinalist in Prose Interpretation. In addition, senior Luke Youngvorst was a quarterfinalist in Persuasion, sophomore Shelby Wilds was a quarterfinalist in Communication Analysis, and sophomore Kelsey Abele was a quarterfinalist in Program Oral Interpretation.
  • Other team members who competed were seniors Allegra Birdseye and Sam Hemmerich; juniors Hannah Engel and Christopher Moua; sophomores Justin Feit, Mariecus Jarvis, and Sonja Johnson; and first-year students Carrianne Brobst, Colleen Caldwell, Carl Cronin, Jason Dennis, Nick Gersch, Brittany Knutson, Jerica Massey, Karin Nordin, Kate Spaulding, Matt Timmons, and Courtney Train.

2011 AFA-NIET: University of Nebraska- Kearney

AFA NIET 2011

  • Team placed 10th in Team Sweepstakes
  • Since its initial top 20 placing in 2007, Gustavus is the only non-Division I school to be ranked in the top 20 each year..
  • Team members who competed at the AFA-NIET included seniors Phil Helt, Eric Cronin and Claire Sagstuen; Juniors Chloe Radcliffe and Sam Hemmerich, sophomores Kate Bissen, Kaitlin Burlingame, Vanessa Condon, Hannah Engel, and Christopher Moua; and first-year students Kelsey Abele, Kirsten Craft, Justin Feit, Ava Goepfert, Mariecus Jarvis, Sonja Johnson, and Shelby Wilds.
    • Junior Chloe Radcliffe became the first ever Gustavus Student to win an individual national championship after taking 1st place in Prose Interpretation.
    • Junior Sam Hemmerich advanced to quarterfinals in both Dramatic Interpretation and Prose Interpretation.
    • Gustavus Senior Communication Studies Honors and History Major Phil Helt also achieved individual distinction by being named to the AFA-NEIT All-American Team
    • Senior Phil Helt also advanced to semifinals in Impromptu Speaking and quarterfinals in Persuasion.

AFA 2010

2010 AFA-NIET: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

2010 AFA-NIET

  • Team placed 10th in Team Sweepstakes
  • Chloe Radcliffe ('12) placed 15th in the individual sweepstakes standings, becoming the first Gustavus student to place in the individual sweepstakes
  • Seventeen Gustavus students participated at the tournament, advancing an impressive eleven events to Quarterfinals, six events to Semifinals and two events to Finals:
    • Chloe Radcliffe ('12) placed second place in Communication Analysis and fifth place in Drama Interpretation and advanced to the quarterfinal round in Program Oral Interpretation, becoming the first Gustie to be a national finalist in any AFA-NIET event
    • Phil Helt ('11) advanced to semifinals in both Communication Analysis and Persuasion
    • Mary Cunningham ('10) advanced to semifinals in Extemporaneous Speaking and to quarterfinals in both Informative Speaking and Communication Analysis
    • Kate Bissen ('13) advanced to the semifinal round in Informative Speaking
    • Emma Moreau ('10) advanced to the quarterfinal round in Impromptu Speaking
    • Chris Moua ('13) advanced to the quarterfinal round in Persuasion

2010 AFA-NIET Out-Round Participants

Coaches Josh Forsythe and Kris Kracht with AFA Out-Round Participants Chris Moua ('13, left), Chloe Radcliffe ('12), Kate Bissen ('13), Mary Cunningham ('10) and Phil Helt ('11). [NOT PICTURED: Emma Morea ('10)].


2009 AFA-NIET: University of Akron

2009 AFA-NIET

  • Team placed 18th in Team Sweepstakes
  • Seventeen Gustavus students participated at the tournament and three advanced to the quarterfinal round in at least one event — placing them in the top 24 individually in the nation:
    • Phil Helt ('11) advanced to the quarterfinal round in both Communication Analysis and After Dinner Speaking
    • Tasha Carlson ('09) advanced to quarterfinals in Prose Interpretation
    • Chloe Radcliffe ('12) advanced to the quarterfinal round in Program Oral Interpretation

2009 AFA-NIET Quarterfinalists

Coaches Kris Kracht and Josh Forsythe with AFA Quarterfinalists Tasha Carlson ('09, left), Phil Helt ('11) and Chloe Radcliffe ('12).


2008 AFA-NIET: University of Texas - Austin

AFA-NIET 2008

  • Team placed 20th in Team Sweepstakes
  • Brittney Lovdahl ('08) was named to the 2008 AFA-NIET All-American Team
  • Fifteen Gustavus students participated at the tournament and two advanced to outrounds:
    • Emma Moreau ('10) advanced to the semifinal round in Persuasion
    • Mary Cunningham ('10) advanced to the quarterfinal round in Persuasion

AFA-NIET 2008 Outround Participants

Coaches Kris Kracht and Josh Forsythe with Quarterfinalist Mary Cunningham ('10, left), All-American Brittney Lovdahl ('08) and Semifinalist Emma Moreau ('10).


2007 AFA-NIET: MSU - Mankato

AFA-NIET 2007

  • Team placed 20th in Team Sweepstakes
  • Andrea Carlile ('07) was named to the 2007 AFA-NIET All-American Team
  • Ten Gustavus students participated at the tournament and two advanced to quarterfinals - becoming the first Gusties to do so:
    • Andrea Carlile ('07) advanced to the quarterfinal round in Communication Analysis
    • Tasha Carlson ('09) advanced to the quarterfinal round in Persuasion

AFA-NIET 2007 Quarterfinalists

AFA Quarterfinalists Andrea Carlile ('07, left) and Tasha Carlson ('09).