Cary Academy had a phenomenal showing at The Pinecrest Open placing first out of 23 schools from North Carolina. In spite of the tournament being interrupted during the last round of debate by a tornado in the area, the team completed a highly successful day by claiming sweepstakes with a marginal of victory of 55 points almost doubling the total of the runner up. Individual student placements were as follows:
Ted Waechter- 1st Place, Varsity Chamber A
Jonathan Blum- 3rd Place, Varsity Chamber B
Taylor Morin- 6th Place, Varsity Chamber B
Alex Wang- 5th Place, Novice Chamber A
Henry Bristol- 3rd Place, Novice Chamber B
Elisa Yazdani- 5th Place, Novice Chamber B
Savannah Lynn-4th Place, Varsity Impromptu Speaking; 5th Place, Varsity Dramatic Interpretation
Orlin Velev-5th Place, Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking
Bill Peebles- 6th Place, Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking
Arnav Goswami-3rd Place, Novice Impromptu Speaking; 5th Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Bharat Modi-4th Place, Novice Impromptu Speaking; 2nd Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Cole Sweetwood-5th Place, Novice Impromptu Speaking; 4th Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Nate Jones- 1st Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Kendall Bell- 5th Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Gregg Cornett- 6th Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
In the debate events the results of the tournament were based off of only three rounds because the fourth round of debate was not completed in its entirety. The following students placed according to the official results:
Nyal Patel-1st, JV LD
Andrew Glosson-2nd, JV LD (tie)
Varun Kasula-2nd, JV LD (tie)
Alec Fischbein-4th, JV LD
Casey Miles and Ethan Kerns-3rd, JV PF
Pranav Nair and Neel Rao-5th, JV PF
Bethany Martin-3rd, Novice LD
Patrick Mulqueen-4th, Novice LD
Laura Cabana-5th, Novice LD
Hannah Chow-6th, Novice LD
Miles Lambert and Daniel Kahn-5th, Novice PF
Alexis Williams-2nd, Varsity LD
Pujith Adusumilli-3rd, Varsity LD
Carolyn Calder-4th, Varsity LD
Abby Getz and Elliot Kuan-3rd Place, Varsity PF
Austin Lawrence and Jonathan Nunez-5th Place, Varsity PF
Varsity LD was the only division where the entire fourth round took place. Had those results counted CA would have placed 2nd (Alexis Williams), 3rd (Puj Adusumilli), 4th (Carrie Schellenberger), 5th (Patrick Lambert), and 7th (Carolyn Calder).
In Novice LD only some of the fourth round was completed, but based on those partial results had the round counted Cary Academy would have closed out Novice LD placing 1st and 2nd, as well as possibly 3rd. Bethany Martin and Laura Cabana were the only two students in the tournament to achieve perfect 4-0 records, and Patrick Mulqueen was 3-0 through the first 3 rounds but his fourth round result was not reported. In addition to the students who placed Alex Melamed and Grey Specter had 3-1 records and therefore would have been in contention to place.
In JV PF, an error in filling out a ballot caused a round to be mis-recorded and the team of Silvia Sotolongo and Cohen Dworsky would have placed in JV PF had that been recorded correctly.
In Novice PF, the team of Daniel Kahn and Miles Lambert were 4-0 which would have ensured them of placing in the top 5 had all four rounds been completed. The teams of Sarah Norman and Yannet Daniel and Ava Rosenbaum and Sindhoor Ambati achieved records of 3-1 and would have been in a strong position to place had all the rounds been completed as well.
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