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Two Teams in Top 16 at UK Tournament

The Michigan State University debate team has finished in the top 16 at its second competitive tournament, following another top 16 finish at the Georgia State National Debate Tournament.

The latest top-16 finish came Monday at the University of Kentucky tournament, which featured 102 competitive teams from across the country.

Overall, seven MSU pairs competed in the Kentucky tournament. Of those pairs, two made it to the Sweet 16 round: social relations and policy sophomore Alex Brown and teammate Lauren Pepper, an Honors College student double majoring in zoology and public policy, as well as James Madison junior Luc Walkington and his teammate, accounting sophomore Christian Rodriguez.

In preliminary rounds, MSU beat teams from Indiana University, the University of Kentucky, Wayne State University, Trinity University, Emory University, the University of Kansas and George Mason University to make it into the finals. Brown and Pepper ultimately lost to a team from the University of Kansas, while Walkington and Rodriguez lost to a team from Northwestern University in the finals.

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