Friday, November 22, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Thundering Word continues to perform well in Porch Swing Invitational

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s speech and debate team has had its best competitive semester since its reformation in 2009.

Last weekend, the Thundering Word traveled to Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., to participate in the Tennessee Porch Swing Invitational and placed third behind Western Kentucky University and the University of Alabama, two of the top teams in the nation.

“We actually held our own with them, which is something we haven’t been able to do in the past,” Coach Danny Ray said. “Ten members of the Thundering Word traveled to Tennessee and every one of them made it to at least one final round. This doesn’t happen very often.”

Marshall’s individual results were:

Ray said this was the fifth tournament in which Marshall has placed in the top three in the tournament, including first place at Central Missouri, second at the University of Kentucky and second at the Chief Justice, which Marshall hosted.

The following Marshall students are qualified for the NFA national tournament in April.

Ray said the Thundering Word will be joined by additional students in the spring, which will make the team even more competitive.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
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