USN Quiz Bowl concludes season with a historic performance at National Championships
The Tigers reached the playoff rounds, placed in the top 20 in one of the most prestigious tournaments for high schoolers.
By Pat Miletich, HS History Teacher & Quiz Bowl Coach
USN Quiz Bowlers competed against top programs from across the United States in National Academic Quiz Tournament’s virtual National Championships on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. Teams qualified for the championships by placing at regional invitational events earlier in the season.
The pressure was on for the biggest event of the year, and the Tigers did not disappoint. Daniel Borza '21, Emily Wykoff '22, Frederick Rudolph '23, Jonathan Chung-Bruehl '23, Leala Nakagawa '23, and Isaac Spiller '24 met at school to contest the event, which was held over Zoom. The team crushed questions on subjects such as Shakespeare’s plays, African geography, French art, and sports history.
In the first day of competition, the team started well and never looked back, finishing with a preliminary record of 7-2 and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2015. The team returned on Sunday for the playoff rounds. Unfortunately, two early losses ended the team’s run, but the combined 8-4 record was good enough to tie for 17th place as a team.
“The whole program had been practicing well after-school all year, with limited opportunities to compete. But we evolved and continued learning, and this was a great way to cap our season," said Frederick.
More, Emily noted, “The team worked cohesively this weekend, with each member playing to their strengths. We had some amazing matches throughout the weekend, and I am very proud of our performance.”
USN Quiz Bowl salutes Daniel, a captain and leader of the program for the past two years, for his contributions.
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