2019 Championship Bid Status

 

  UKTOC

The Tournament of Champions (or UKTOC) is an annual competition, hosted by the University of Kentucky, of the best competitors in Speech and Debate. To qualify, a competitor must earn “bids” by placing highly at certain tournaments (marked on the calendar with a dagger - †). Two bids are required for full qualification (see At-Large Qualification below). NOTE: Novice- or JV-division entries can not qualify. Bids are not transferrable between partners.

In speech, finalists at the previous year's UKTOC, or semifinalists and finalists at the previous year's NSDA national championship are automatically qualifed. For all debate events, quarterfinalists at the previous year's UKTOC are automatically qualified. In PF, the top 14 at the previous year's NSDA national championship also auto-qualify.

 

Tournaments Awarding UKTOC Bids:

Stephen Stewart Invitational @ Milpitas Sep 29–30
Voices Invitational @ Presentation HS Oct 6–7
Jon Schamber Invitational @ University of the Pacific [Stockton, CA] Oct 26–28
MinneApple Debate Invitational @ Apple Valley HS [Apple Valley, MN] Nov 2–4
(SCU) Dempsey Cronin Invitational Nov 16–18
Glenbrooks Speech & Debate Invitational (Northbrook/Glenview, IL) Nov 17–19
Silver and Black Invitational @ Alta HS (Sandy, UT) Nov 30–Dec 2
College Prep LD Invitational (Oakland) Dec 22–23
Hugh Downs Invitational @ Arizona State (Tempe, AZ) Jan 4–6
MLK Invitational (Logan HS) Jan 12–14
Harvard-Westlake Debate LD Invitational  (Los Angeles) Jan 18-21
Stanford Invitational Feb 9–11
Berkeley Invitational Feb 16–18

 

BIDS EARNED

For PF, students must earn two gold bids to compete in the gold division (one gold qualifies for silver division). For all other events, you must have two bids to fully qualify. For speech, only NSDA events award bids (DI, HI, Duo, POI, INF, OO, EX, PRO, and POE only).

Student(s) Event Bid 1 Bid 2 Extra Bids
FULLY QUALIFIED (Speech / PF Gold)
 Ishan Maunder & Rithvik Koppurapu  PF  Bronx  UOP  MinneApple, Alta, ASU, MLK, Stanford, Berkeley
 Arunav Gupta & Dylan Zhang  PF  UOP  Berkeley  MLK (silver)
 Samir Banerjee  HI  UOP  SCU  MLK, Stanford, Berkeley
 Tavish Mohanti  HI  UOP  SCU  ASU, MLK
 Rahul Iyer  DI  SCU  ASU  MLK, Stanford
 Krish Kothari  EX  UOP  Stanford  
 Ayush Agarwal  POI  MLK  Berkeley  
FULLY QUALIFIED (PF Silver)
  Apurv Prabhakar & Maggie Zhao   PF  UOP (Gold)    
 Apurv Prabhakar & Lucas Huang  PF  Stanford  Berkeley (Gold)  
 Yash Dalmia & Tushar Dalmia  PF  SCU  ASU  MLK, Stanford, Berkeley
 Serena Mao & Sabrina Cai  PF  UOP  ASU  
PARTIALLY QUALIFIED
 Aditi Chhangani  HI  SCU    
 Kriti Vajjhula & Ayush Agarwal  DUO  ASU    
 Samir Banerjee & Rahul Iyer  DUO  Berkeley    
 Aparajita Pathak & Swetha Naidu  DUO  Berkeley    
 Aparajita Pathak  POE  ASU    
 Rohini Singh  OI*  Stanford     
 Aalaya Wudaru  OI*  Stanford    

Speech bids awarded based on number of competitors in event:    ≤24, top 3;  25–72, finalists;  72+, semifinalists   

 

AT-LARGE QUALIFICATION

Speech: Students with a single bid may apply to compete at UKTOC, but you are not guaranteed entry.

PF silver division: Students with only a single silver bid, or who have earned 600+ NSDA points and completed 24+ rounds of debate in the current year, may apply to compete in the silver division.

Note: Requires a $50 nonrefundable fee, and at-large entries are not guaranteed (depending on available space, those with single bids are usually have first priority). This fee is waived for speech entries.

 

 

  STATE CHAMPIONSHIP — WILDCARDS

To enter the State Championship, students must compete at a league qualifier tournament. The qualifiers for speech and debate are handled separately, but have similar requirements. Speech finalists and undefeated debaters at each league tournament (CFL) are awarded a “wildcard”, which guarantees you a spot to compete by making your entry not count against either entry cap. Extra wildcards may not be transferred to another competitor.

Speech: Every team in the league gets 22 entries to the state qualifier, with a maximum of five per event, not counting wildcards. Every competitor must have competed at a CFL tournament during the year (including novice). The top 7 (±1) in each event will qualify to compete at state.

Debate: Every team may enter a combination of 9 LD or PF entries, not counting wildcards. All competitors must have competed at varsity level at a CFL tournament during the year (coaches may waive this requirement for a maximum of one team per event). All debaters with a 10-0 record auto-qualify to the state championship, with the remaining qualifiers (~8/event) determined by elimination.

 

STATE QUALIFIERS

Student(s) Event Placing
FULLY QUALIFIED
 Tavish Mohanti  HI  3rd
 Rohini Singh  OI  3rd
 Aparajita Pathak & Swetha Naidu   Duo  4th
 Kriti Vajjhula & Ayush Agarwal  DUO  2nd
ALTERNATE QUALIFIERS
 Samir Banerjee  HI  12th (1st alt)
 Adidi Chhangi  HI  14th (3rd alt)
 Rahul Iyer  DI  11th (1st alt)
 Shamika Gavaskar  OPP  12th (2nd alt)
 Krish Kothari  IX  13th (6th alt)
OTHER FINALISTS (Already qualified)
 Aysuh Agarwal  POI  3rd
 Tavish Mohanti  OPP  12th (4th alt)

 

WILDCARDS EARNED

Student(s) Event CFL#
 Rahul Iyer  DI  3
 Shamika Gavaskar  DI  2
 Samir Banerjee  HI  2
 Krish Kothari  IX  2
 Aalaya Wudaru  OI  3
 Rohini Singh  OI  2, 3
 Tavish Mohanti  OPP  2, 3
 Aparajita Pathak & Swetha Naidu   DUO  3
 Kriti Vajjhula & Ayush Agarwal  DUO  3

 

 

  NIETOC (Speech Only)

NIETOC is an annual competition of the best performers Interp and Oratory (DUO, HI, DI, POI, OO, INFO and DUET entries only). All entrants must qualify either by earning two bids in their event from specific tournaments (marked on the calendar with an asterisk - *). Bids are not transferrable between partners. NOTE: Novice- or JV-division entries can not qualify.

Semifinalists and finalists at the previous year's NIETOC or national championship, or the top three at the current year's state championship auto-qualify to NIETOC.

 

Tournaments Awarding NIETOC Bids:

Stephen Stewart Invitational @ Milpitas Sep 29–30
(SCU) Dempsey Cronin Invitational Nov 16–18
Glenbrooks Speech & Debate Invitational Nov 17–19
Hugh Downs Invitational @ Arizona State (Tempe, AZ) Jan 4–6
MLK Invitational (Logan HS) Jan 12–14

Octafinalists and quarterfinalists at the previous year's NIETOC, as well as the top three at the previous or current year's state championship will also receive a bid.

 

BIDS EARNED

Student(s) Event Bid 1 Bid 2 Extra Bids
FULLY QUALIFIED
 Aparajita Pathak & Swetha Naidu  DUO  Auto-Qualified (NIETOC '18)  
 Kriti Vajjhula & Ayush Agarwal  DUO  Auto-Qualified (NIETOC '18)  ASU, MLK
 Samir Banerjee  HI  SCU  MLK  
 Tavish Mohanti  HI  NIETOC '18   ASU  MLK
 Rahul Iyer  DI  ASU  MLK  
PARTIALLY QUALIFIED
 Aditi Chhangani  HI  SCU    
 Apurva Aluru & Ayush Agarwal  DUET  NIETOC '18    
 Aparajita Pathak  POI  ASU    

Bids awarded based on number of competitors in event:    <20, winner;  20-34, top 3;   35-50, finalists;   51-70, semis;   71-99; quarters;  100+,  octas

 

 

POTENTIAL AT-LARGE QUALIFIERS

If you have placed at any 3 tournaments during the year such that the sum of your final ranks is 10 or less, you can qualify under the at-large system. (DUO, HI, DI, POI, OO, INFO and DUET entries only.) All three scores must be from the same event. Novice- or JV-division entries can not qualify.

Note: Requires a $25 nonrefundable fee, and at-large entries are not guaranteed (depending on available space, those with single bids are usually have first priority).

Student(s) Event Score 1 Score 2 Score 3
FULLY QUALIFIED AT-LARGE
PARTIALLY AT-LARGE QUALIFIERS
 Aditi Chhangani  HI  3  [SCU]  3 [SQUALLS]  
 Ishaana Kodnani & Shraesht Chitkara  DUO  5  [UOP]    
 Samir Banerjee & Rahul Iyer  DUO  5  [Berkeley]    
 Aprajita Pathak  POI  1  [ASU]    
 Ayush Agarwal  POI  5  [Berkeley]    

 

Teams are also allowed to enter two unqualified Duet entries, provided at least one of the competitors is fully qualified in another event.

 

 

  NSDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

To enter the National Championship, students must compete at a league qualifier tournament. Entries for the national qualifier are very limited — each team may enter a maximum of four entries per event, with the total number of team  entries around 25-30, shared between speech and debate. Entrants will be selected by the coach and officers, based on performance and contributions to the team, subject to script submission deadlines.