Campus: CSU, Bakersfield -- April 20, 2001

California State University, Bakersfield's Debate Team Finished The Season Ranked 21st In The Nation, According To The Final Rankings Issued By The National Debate Tournament

CSUB forensics director Omar Guevara said he was extremely pleased with the team's performance this year.

"Our record demonstrated that CSUB debate can compete against - and defeat - the far wealthier and more established programs from the East Coast with a formula of hard work and determination," Guevara said.

He said that by qualifying the team of Jeremy Peterson and David Wells to compete at the National Debate Tournament for the second consecutive year "solidifies CSUB Debate's rise to the upper echelons of West Coast college debate."

He also noted that the success is even more remarkable since the program is now only in its third year since being reinstated. The forensics program was disbanded in 1992 due to budget cuts, Guevara said. It was reinstated in fall 1998.

Further, CSUB was the top rated CSU in the final national rankings, and No. 3 among all California schools.

Here are the top 25 debate teams in the nation:

1. Emory University
2. University of Texas, Austin
3. Michigan State University
4. Northwestern University
5. University of California, Berkeley
6. Wake Forest University
7. Gonzaga University
8. Whitman College
9. Dartmouth College
10. University of Southern California
11. Kansas State University
12. University of North Texas
13. Catholic University
14. University of Iowa
15. University of Missouri, Kansas City
16. University of Michigan
17. Emporia State University
18. Wayne State University
19. John Carroll University
20. University of Kansas
21. CSU Bakersfield
22. Mercer University
23. University of Rochester
24. University of Georgia
(tie) University of Puget Sound

Other California schools and their ranking:

38. CSU Chico
41. Pepperdine University
43. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
45. San Francisco State
52. Claremont Colleges
54. CSU Fullerton
65. University of Redlands
67. CSU Long Beach
74. Los Angeles City College
97. Stanford University
98. Contra Costa College
101. San Diego State

For more information about CSUB Debate please call Guevara at (661)

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