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UIMT Wins Regional Tournament

Posted by Jake Huebener on February 13, 2012 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The UI Mock Trial (UIMT) program won its regional tournament for the second year in a row after competing in Kansas City, Mo February 10-12. The program took four teams to the regional competitions in Cedar Rapids and Kansas City and succeeded in qualifying two teams--the maximum number of teams a school can send--for the prenationals tournament set to be held in St. Louis, MO March 16-18.

 

Senior Jerod Haldin and junior Katy Kinney, captains of team 1425, led their team to first place at the Kansas City Regional with a record of 7-1. Kinney received an Outstanding Attorney Award.

 

Seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich led team 1424 to a third place finish at the Kansas City Regional and also ended with a record of 7-1. Mattessich was the recipient of an Outstanding Attorney Award and was the highest ranked attorney at the tournament.

 

Teams 1426 and 1427 competed in the Cedar Rapids Regional February 3-5 and returned with one Outstanding Witness Award earned by junior Julie Gagnon. Iowa?s C and D teams won ballots from several A and B teams at this regional.

 

To date the program has earned over 30 individual awards, 14 top place finishes, 4 tournament championships, and 1 Spirit of AMTA Award for the 2011-2012 season alone.

UIMT Competes in New York

Posted by Jake Huebener on January 30, 2012 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The U of I Mock Trial (UIMT) program competed in Ithaca, New York and Dubuque, Iowa for the last invitational tournaments of the season. Teams three and four traveled to Loras College to compete and teams one and two drove to Cornell University for a competitive weekend of trials.

 

Junior James Adams, member of team 1426, received an outstanding witness award at Loras College.

Teams from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other top schools from around the country traveled to Ithaca to take part in one of the most competitive tournaments in the country. Iowa teams 1424 (612) and 1425 (613) competed fiercely against top notch programs. Iowa returned from the weekend with a top place finish ahead of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Team 1424 (612) took tenth place.

The final weekend of January marked the final weekend of invitationals for the 2011-2012 season and the beginning of the end for UIMT seniors. Regionals, ORCs, and Nationals are the only tournaments left and Iowa won't go down without a fight to be in the championship round this spring.

UIMT Continues Winning Streak

Posted by Jake Huebener on January 22, 2012 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (91)

The U of I Mock Trial (UIMT) program competed in Champaign, Illinois January 21-22. Two teams were sent to the tournament and both placed in the top 8 out of 32 teams that attended. In addition to two top finishes, several members received individual awards for outstanding performances.

 

Junior Katy Kinney and senior Kelly Grogg captained team 1425 and finished in third place. Kinney was awarded an outstanding attorney award with a perfect score of 20. Freshman Amber Mahoney and sophomore Abby Simbro received outstanding witness awards.

 

Seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich led team 1424 and finished in seventh place. Mattessich was the recipient of an outstanding attorney award. Junior Jacob Bogolia, also from team 1424, received an outstanding witness award with a perfect score of 20.

 

Teams 1424 and 1425 will be competing in New York next weekend at Cornell University in preparation for their regional tournament February 11-12.

1424 Places in Nashville

Posted by Jake Huebener on January 16, 2012 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

From January 13-16 the University of Iowa Mock Trial (UIMT) program sent its top team to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee for an intense weekend of competition. Team 1424 finished in fifth place out of 24 teams at this prestigious tournament.

 

Seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich led team 1424 to compete against some of the top programs in the country including Rhodes College, the University of Georgia, and Washington University-St. Louis. The team competed in the top round for the final round against Georgia and ended the tournament just a few points from first place.

 

The program is currently preparing for regional tournaments which will be held during the first two weeks of February. In the meantime the program will send teams to compete in Illinois, New York, and Iowa. In addition, several members of the program are volunteering their time to assist high school teams in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.

Mac 2 Results

Posted by Jake Huebener on December 5, 2011 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (1)

The University of Iowa Mock Trial (UIMT) program returned from the weekend with their third first place finish of the semester and a fourth place finish after competing in St. Paul, MN Dec. 3-4. According to the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), UIMT became the program with the most first place finishes in the country for the 2011 Fall invitational season after competing last weekend.

 

Seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich led team 1424 to first place with a record of 7-1. Team 1424 beat out Drake University in the final round and competed against three other strong teams prior to that.

 

Team 1425, captained by seniors Jerod Haldin and Kelly Grogg, ended with a record of 6-2 and fourth place. Team 1425 competed fiercely against Grinnel, Hamline, Iowa State, and Macalester.

 

Outstanding witness awards were given to senior Britney Matthews and sophomores Kyle McDonald and Mike Tabor.

 

This tournament marked UIMT?s second first place finish in St. Paul, MN where nationals will be held in the spring. UIMT is one of only six programs in the country to win back-to-back national championships in the history of collegiate mock trial and is on the roll to winning another championship in 2012.

UIMT Places First Two Weeks in a Row

Posted by Jake Huebener on November 8, 2011 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The University of Iowa Mock Trial (UIMT) program took first place for the second weekend in a row after competing in St. Paul, MN and Los Angeles, CA. The program?s four teams competed from Nov. 4-6 and returned with an additional third place finish and multiple individual awards.

 

Team 1424, captained by senior Chris Elsenbast, took first place at the Macalaster College Invitational with a perfect record of 8-0. Elsenbast was also the recipient of an Outstanding Attorney award with 18 out of 20 ranks.

 

Team 1425, captained by senior Kelly Grogg and sophomore Edward Rodriguez, placed third with a record of 7-1. Senior Stefani Ganzer, also from team 1425, received an Outstanding Witness Award with a perfect rank of 20.

 

Junior Alyssa Carlson from team 1426 received an Outstanding Attorney Award and Sophomore Rachel Ascoli from the same team received an Outstanding Witness Award.

 

Team 613, captained by seniors Melissa Osman and Will Mattessich, traveled to UCLA for one of the most competitive tournaments of the year. This tournament only invites elite teams to compete and is structured with a challenge format for each round where teams can chose who they will compete against. Team 613 was challenged by and competed against Miami of Ohio, Irvine, UCLA, and Rhodes?all of which are currently ranked among the top 12 teams in the country. Team 613 was nominated for the Spirit of AMTA Award, an honor given to the team that exemplifies the most civility throughout the tournament.

 

Over the next couple weeks the program will be preparing to host the Cornshucker Challenge Nov. 19-20 where teams from across the country will be invited to compete in the English Philosophy Building (EPB). The tournament is free and open to members of the public to watch. In addition to preparing, organizing, and competing in this tournament, several members will be volunteering their time to judge middle school mock trial rounds on Nov. 10.

UIMT Takes First Place in Cleveland

Posted by Jake Huebener on November 1, 2011 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The University of Iowa Mock Trial Program sent teams to compete in Cleveland, Ohio and Maryville, Missouri from Oct. 28-30. The program's four teams were split between two invitational tournaments over the weekend and returned with 11 awards including a first place finish.

 

Team 1426 captained by senior Will Mattessich took first place at the Case Western Reserve University invitational. Team 1426 was also awarded the Spirit of AMTA Award, an honor given to the team that exemplifies the most civility throughout the tournament. Sophomore Abby Simbro from the same team received an Outstanding Witness Award with 19 out of 20 ranks. Senior Chris Elsenbast, captain of team 1424, received an Outstanding Attorney Award with 19 out of 20 ranks as well.

 

Team 1361 captained by senior Melissa Osman took sixth place at the Northwest Missouri State University invitational. Osman was also the recipient of an Outstanding Attorney Award and freshman Rachel Ascoli received an Outstanding Witness Award. Junior Katy Kinney and sophomore Edward Rodriguez received Outstanding Attorney Awards with 19 out of 20 ranks on team 1360. Seniors Stefani Ganzer and Simone Frierson from the same team received Outstanding Witness Awards.

 

The University of Iowa Mock Trial Program will be heading to UCLA and Macalaster Nov. 4-6 to continue their journey to nationals in the spring. The program is currently ranked 18th in the nation.


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