Cameron University forensics team claims top finish at Coyote Thunder Swing Tournament

The Cameron University Forensics Team finished first overall at the Coyote Thunder Swing Tournament hosted by West Texas A & M University and Kansas Wesleyan University in Canyon, TX from Oct. 15-17. A swing tournament consists of two tournaments hosted by two schools at one site. At the conclusion of the first half, Cameron finished first overall, first in debate and first in individual events. For the second half, Cameron finished second overall, resulting in the first place finish overall for the entire tournament.

West Texas A&M hosted the first half of the tournament. Cameron’s debaters continued their success, with all three parliamentary debate teams finishing with winning records. Senior Brenna Welch, a communication major from Owasso, and Paul Boudreaux, a business finance major from Skiatook, were the third-seeded team in the tournament after finishing with a 3-2 record. They defeated a team from the University of Texas at El Paso in the semi-final round and then defeated a team from Kansas Wesleyan University to win the tournament. 

Freshmen communication majors Skylar Williams, Newton, KS, and Cameron Brewer, Moore, were the fourth-seeded team, also finishing with a 3-2 record. They finished as semi-finalists after losing to a team from Kansas Wesleyan University. Williams also finished as the third place speaker in Parliamentary Debate.

Juniors Troy Flewellen, a communication major from Tulsa, and Odile DeCoteau, a mathematics major from Petite Martinique Carriacou, Grenada, also finished with a 3-2 preliminary round record. They missed participating in the elimination round phase of the tournament on a tiebreaker. 

Cameron took home several awards in individual events in the first half.  Flewellen finished as the top individual events speaker at the tournament after finishing first in Communication Analysis, first in Duo Interpretation with partner Boudreaux, third in Poetry Interpretation, and sixth in Impromptu Speaking. Boudreaux also placed second in Programmed Oral Interpretation and fifth place in Extemporaneous Speaking. Welch finished first in Impromptu Speaking, fourth place in Extemporaneous Speaking, and sixth place in Persuasive Speaking.      

First year team members significantly contributed to the team’s success. Williams and Brewer finished second in Duo Dramatic Interpretation. Williams also finished fifth in Prose Interpretation and seventh in Informative Speaking. DeCoteau finished third in Persuasive Speaking and fifth in Informative Speaking. Freshman Amber Hunter, a communication major from Keys, finished in sixth place in Poetry.      

In the second half of the tournament, hosted by Kansas Wesleyan University, Cameron also performed well. Flewellen finished as third place individual events speaker, claiming second in Communication Analysis, third in Duo Interpretation with partner Boudreaux, and third place in Poetry Interpretation. Welch finished third in Persuasive Speaking and sixth in Prose Interpretation. DeCoteau finished sixth in Persuasive Speaking.         

The team will continue the season at the 2010 Central States Tournament, to be held at the Longview Campus of Metropolitan Community Colleges in Lee’s Summit, Missouri at the end of October. 

For more information about Cameron Forensics, contact Dan Schabot at 580-581-2555 or at



October 20, 2010

PR# 10-198