The University of Portland Mock Trial team competed at the annual Pacific Northwest Regional qualifier for Nationals on February 22-23, at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. The team set a University of Portland record with seven wins and one loss, placing third out of 18 teams, according to coach Aaron Johnson of the University’s political science department. The UP team will advance to the national Opening Round Championship Tournament being held in Washington, D.C., March 21-23. Other teams in the PNW regional competition include Gonzaga, Reed College, WSU, UC-Berkeley, Stanford, University of Washington, and others.
The UP team took five individual awards home from the tournament. Seniors Eileen Kannengeiser, Lyndsey Tsuruda, and Amanda Danforth were all awarded with outstanding witness honors. Amanda Danforth and Eileen Kannengeiser were also awarded with Outstanding Attorney honors. Team members are Brendan Bewley, Susanna Sprinson, Eileen Kannengeiser, Amanda Danforth, Lyndsey Tsuruda, London Ballard, Edward Richter, Jennifer Perkins, Elvia Gaona, Nicola Plate, Arreli Arredondo, Joshua Cleary, Triton Pitassi, Jacob San Agustin, Emily Strand, and Katherine Miller. Assistant coaches Kathya Acuna ’12 and Jeremiah Swisher, both alumni of the Mock Trial program, have been volunteering their time to help the team this year as well.
For more information contact Johnson at 7274 or email@example.com.