SEU Debate Win: Florida State Championship

SEU won the Florida State Championship for the second year in a row, beating rivals University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Central Florida. SEU Debate finished another season as a stronger and more dominant presence in the Florida debate circuit than the last. Winning both styles of debate, breaking FIFA records and winning a total of 13 awards, this performance was a program best.

The Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association (FIFA) State Championship was held in Tallahassee at Florida State University this past weekend. SEU Debate competed in both Lincoln Douglas- and American Parliamentary-style debate.

In overall sweeps, SEU Debate won first-place debate sweeps and sixth-place overall sweeps!

This was the last debate tournament for SEU Debate Team President Curran McQuade. He concludes an impressive debate career in Florida. Curran won his semifinal round versus Miami-Dade College, which was the final debate round of his collegiate career, and Michelino Ricci won his semifinal round versus the University of Florida. Tournament rules prevent competitors from facing off against their teammates, and with an SEU victory on both sides of the semifinal bracket, the final round would have been Curran versus Michelino. The final round was declared an SEU closeout, and Curran and Michelino closed out the final round at the FIFA State Championship for the second time in three years. This marked the first time in tournament history that the Parliamentary champions also closed out the Lincoln Douglas finals.

In addition to its dominant victories in both debate styles, SEU Debate won many individual speaker awards. Michelino won third-place speaker in Parliamentary debate and first-place speaker in Lincoln Douglas debate. Curran won fourth-place speaker in Lincoln Douglas, Hayley Spires won third-place speaker in Lincoln Douglas debate and Kurk Pyros won the top novice award.