University of Iowa Mock Trial

UIMT

2016-2017 Season

Spring Semester

Opening Round Championship Series

Memphis
Rhodes College
March 17 - 19

It was a tough weekend for the Hawkeyes as we came up just short of advancing to National Championship Tournament. Unofficially, Iowa A finished 8th place and only the top 6 advance. Iowa B faced the second strongest schedule of the tournament which put them against three of teams that ended up advancing. It's always hard to end the season short, especially for the seniors (pictured below: Nick Sinclair, Abby Ayers, Sam Kaplan, Jake Huebener). All four of our seniors were able to finish things out together playing key roles on the A Team. Nick Sinclair is full of character and one of the most entertaining witnesses to pass through UIMT in recent years. Our President, Abby Ayers, is a real go-getter and a fierce leader serving as the level-headed attorney to lead both sides of the case. Sam Kaplan is always a delight in the way she employs her teaching abilities to play a friendly, relatable witness or a compassionate advocate as an attorney. Jake Huebener, also a teacher, made excellent use of his enthusiasm and "nerdyness" to be the helpful expert on both sides. While things may not have turned out how we wanted, Iowa A was able to cap the season with a stellar round against our friendly, local rival WashU. A somewhat fitting end to face the school where we start our season every year. There was also a bright spot in the performance of Junior, Cait Spackman, who was an Outstanding Attorney. She earned that honor at all four competitions of the spring semester which put her season total to five. As a Junior, Cait will look to push for even greater success next year during her senior season. Many of our young members made great strides this year and will work to improve even more next year. We had one first-year on the A Team and seven competed on the B Team. This talented group will ensure UIMT doesn't come up short again.

Regional Tournament

St. Louis
Washington University
February 18th & 19th

UIMT had a fantastic showing at the St. Louis Regional Tournament. Iowa A walked away as Regional Champions with a perfect record of 8 - 0! Iowa B tallied a record of 5 wins to earn 7th place and also collect a bid to the next round! The A Team had a relatively easy time of things, with their toughest opponent being Honorable Mention Arkansas A, and cruised to the tune of a +208 point differential. That was 132 more than the next highest and they tallied 4 of the 5 highest point differentials for any individual ballot. Iowa B faced a tougher schedule that included the eventual 2nd place Eastern Kentucky University.  We tied a ballot with them which ended up being EKU's only blemish. The rest of the tab summary can be seen here. This group of Hawkeyes certainly feel at home on the WashU campus as there were 5 individual awards which tied our season high from WashU's invitational tournament where we started our season 4 months ago. Iowa had plenty to stand and cheer for with 3 All-Regional Attorneys and 2 All-Regional Witnesses. UIMT President and Senior Captain of the B Team, Abby Ayers, received her 3rd attorney award, giving her 4 total Outstanding Honors on the season. Iowa A collected the other 4 All-Regional Awards, which featured both Senior Co-Captains, Jake Huebener and Sam Kaplan. It was very satisfying to have all 3 of our 4th year members (Abby, Sam, Jake; pictured left) finishing strong. Sam now has 3 awards on the season and has earned 3 awards at WashU alone in just the last 2 years. Especially impressive, Jake was the only witness at the tournament with a perfect 20 ranks. Both Jake and Mikayla Rodgers are now 2 time All-Regional Witnesses, winning awards in back to back years. Mikayla just keeps showing off that talent as she now has 5 awards in her 2 year career. Cait Spackman really showed us how to win awards with her double-sided honors as an attorney. She was tied for the most total ranks of any individual at the tournament with 36, including 19 as a middle attorney. Cait has really been on a roll as she has been named an Outstanding Attorney at every tournament she has competed in since the new year, giving her 3 consecutive and 4 total on the season. The Hawkeyes will next compete at The Jackson Lewis Opening Round Championship Series in Memphis, hosted by the renowned Rhodes College.

Regional Tournament

Cedar Rapids
Cornell College
February 11th & 12th

What an amazing weekend to start things off for the competitive AMTA tournaments. For those unfamiliar with the way things work, teams have to finish in the top six or seven in order to advance to the next round of tournaments. Iowa C made the very short travel to Cedar Rapids for the Regional Tournament hosted by our friendly neighbors, Cornell College. It was a hard fought tournament with a sizable measure of intensity and drama. Sophomore Captain, Mikayla Huston, and Freshman Co-Captain, Megan Koch, lead a team containing nine first-year members through some very grueling matchups as they were put to the test with the toughest schedule of any team at the tournament. This even included a tough round against the eventual Regional Champions, University of Chicago B. Our young team thrived under the coaching of Storm Miller who was Iowa's most decorated competitor last year and captain of our National's team. It was a real nail-biter as we were the last team announced, squeaking in at seventh place, but this tenacious young group earned UIMT it's first bid of the year to the Opening Round Championship Series (you can view the full tab summary here). One of the first-year members, Othello Herbert, also earned his first individual award and became an All-Regional Witness. Our A and B teams look to add to this success as they compete at their Regional Tournament in St. Louis next week.

Hoosier Hoedown
Indiana University
January 28th & 29th

Our A and B teams traveled out of state for their final tournament of the Invitational Season. We returned to Indiana University as the reigning champions. Our teams had some good success to bring home awards along with a lot of final experience to build our skills. The B team confronted some stiff competition in the schools of Miami, Kentucky, and Michigan State. They were honored with the Spirit of AMTA  award and one of their freshman members, Taren Vacanti, earned an Outstanding Witness award. The A team was able to get things rolling to the tune of a 6 - 2 record and two individual awards for a 5th place finish. Senior Co-Captain of the A Team, Sam Kaplan, earned her second award of the season with her performance as an Outstanding Witness. Cait Spackman earned her second Outstanding Attorney award in as many weekends which is her third this season. Both teams have some well deserved time off to prepare for their Regional Tournament in St. Louis on February 18th and 19th. We're excited to return to Washington University in St. Louis where we began the season and expect to earn a couple bids to the Opening Round Championship Series.

National Invitational
Loras College
January 27th & 28th

Iowa C closed out their Invitational Season with a solid weekend at Loras College. This was the 29th Annual National Invitational and it featured a field of 39 teams. Iowa C will see 10 of those teams again at the Cedar Rapids Regional Tournament on February 11th and 12th. We finished better than half of those teams and beat the only team we faced from that group. The Hawkeyes battled hard and had some good rounds against quality teams, such as DePaul University and St. Louis University. We look forward to preparing diligently for the regional tournament that is just a short drive away. We will need to finish in the top seven in order to earn a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series. This team is full of young talent and ready to succeed.

Racheter Invitational
Central College
January 21st & 22nd

It was UIMT's shortest travel of the season to go compete at Central College in the beautiful small town of Pella. The tournament provided a lot of quality experience to work out the kinks and get back to form. The A Team had matchups that featured the proximally close Grinnell College and the tournament's hosts, Central College. Iowa won 4th place with the only losses coming at the hands of Kansas, who was an Honorable Mention at the National Tournament last year. Cait Spackman was our lone award winner, receiving her second Outstanding Attorney honor of the season. The tournament also offered the exciting privilege of receiving the awards at the hands of Don Racheter who was one of the co-founders of The American Mock Trial Association.

City of Hope Invitational
Missouri Southern State University
January 20th & 21st

We sent two of our teams down to Joplin, Missouri to compete with some quality teams at MSSU. This tournament featured an unorthodox format of having two rounds on Friday and two rounds on Saturday. Everyone felt really good to finally be competing again and have a chance to shake off the rust from winter break. It was especially thrilling to experience some success and bring home some trophies. Our C Team showed a lot of tenacity and finished with a very respectable record of five and a half wins to earn 5th place. The B Team brought home the 4th place trophy and showed a lot of encouraging signs by splitting ballots in head to head matchups with teams that finished first and third.  The Iowa members especially enjoyed all the standing up and applauding as UIMT was represented with four total individual awards. Our president, Abby Ayers (pictured), won her second attorney award on the season and third total this year. Veteran Neil Logan was awarded as an outstanding witness and we had two freshman, Elizabeth Rome and Megan Koch, win their first individual awards.

Fall Semester

Cornshucker Challenge
The University of Iowa
November 19th & 20th

UIMT had a fantastic time hosting a new, elite tournament. Everything ran very smoothly and it was a lot of fun making new friends and meeting people from across the country. It was a bit rough for Iowa, competitively, as the field was pretty heavy with National Championship Tournament caliber programs. While we may not have come away with many ballots, our members soaked up tons of experience to prepare for next semester. The veterans had the chance to challenge some high level competitors and our new members were exposed to the varying styles of distant schools. Some of our notable opponents included the well-known NYU, last year's Nationals host Furman University, and the perennial powerhouse Rhodes College. UIMT earned one individual award as the A Team's Senior Co-Captain Jake Huebener was an Outstanding Witness. With that, all three of our fourth-year members have received an individual award for their performance in their senior season (Abby Ayers & Sam Kaplan are the other two).

St. Paul Trials
Macalester College
November 4th - 6th

Our teams split off and represented UIMT at two different tournaments for the weekend. One team traveled north to compete at the St. Paul Trials hosted by Macalester College. This tournament had a different structure than the previous tournaments of the year. Instead of two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday, the tournament was a 1-2-1 style. So one round was completed on Friday night and then there was only one round on Sunday. The members of team 1239 showed a lot of improvement and performed well enough to earn 8th place at the tournament. We also had our second first-year earn an individual award this season as Chase Van Langen (pictured) was named as an Outstanding Attorney.

Illinois State University
November 4th - 6th

We sent two other teams a short distance East to Bloomington, Illinois for the weekend. This tournament had the same 1 - 2 - 1 structure as the Macalester tournament. This weekend was a productive that really displayed the improvement of new members as well as seeing our returners start to settle into a groove and get a strong handle on the case. Team 1240 especially showed a solid jump in performance by finishing with a record of 5 - 3. Unfortunately, they just missed out on placing. This was our last weekend with these team configurations as we reshuffle for our home tournament coming up. We look forward to having a strong showing at our Cornshucker Challenge right before Thanksgiving Break.

Richard Calkins Invitational
Drake University
October 29th & 30th

UIMT sent one team of six competitors to the local tournament less than two hours from Iowa City. This small group acquired some quality experience at the historic site of AMTA's genesis. It was an exciting weekend as Richard Calkins himself was even in attendance for the awards ceremony. Our team for this tournament featured some experienced members as well as a new member. Three captains from the WashU tournament were competing along with first year Omar Khodor who showed signs of great talent in his first collegiate tournament of the year. We kicked things off with a solid round against Wheaton College who will be in attendance out our own tournament. In our second round, we saw Simpson College who is in their first year as a program. On Sunday, we closed things out by facing off against the strong teams of Creighton University and St. Olaf College. Our team finished with a respectable record of 5 - 2 - 1 and earned a place as Honorable Mention. UIMT had one award winner on the weekend in our program president, Abby Ayers (pictured). She was an Outstanding Witness which gives her two awards on the season (Outstanding Attorney at WashU). Next weekend, we will be sending some of our members in different directions as two teams will go to Illinois State University and another will compete at Macalester College. 

Arch Invitational
Washington University in St. Louis
October 15th & 16th

We had a great weekend at our first tournament of the season! It was a very familiar start as this marks at least six years in a row now that UIMT has began the season at WashU. We competed against teams that we see frequently such as Cornell College and WashU, but we also went against a school from out of the region in Eastern Kentucky University. We experienced success with Team 1238, captained by Samantha Kaplan and Mikayla Rodgers, earning 5th place at the tournament. UIMT had an impressive achievement in taking home five individual awards, which is more than any single tournament last year. All in all, it was superb first tournament weekend. Our veterans were able to get back in the swing of things and our new members got their first taste of action. We saw a lot of great moments from our new members that we really hope to build on. Most notably, freshman Colin Gorton came away with an outstanding witness award in his first ever collegiate mock trial tournament. Our returners are also eager to take this weekend's experiences and use them to achieve even more success at our upcoming tournaments.

 

Tournament
Results & Awards

Program Record: 86 - 76 - 6
Outstanding Attorneys: 14
Outstanding Witnesses: 10

ORCS Tournament
Memphis
Rhodes College
March 17th - 19th

Team 1238: 5 - 3
Team 1239: 3 - 5
All-National Attorney -
Cait Spackman

Regional Tournament
St. Louis
Washington University
February 18th & 19th

Team 1238: 8 - 0          1st Place
Team 1239: 4 - 2 - 2     7th Place
All-Regional Attorney -
Abby Ayers
Cait Spackman (Double-Sided)
Samantha Kaplan
All-Regional Witness -
Jake Huebener
Mikayla Rodgers

Regional Tournament
Cedar Rapids
Cornell College
February 11th & 12th

Team 1240: 5 - 3    7th Place
All-Regional Witness -
Othello Herbert

Hoosier Hoedown
Indiana University
January 28th & 29th

Team 1238: 6 - 2     5th Place
Team 1239: 2 - 6     SPAMTA
Outstanding Attorney -
Cait Spackman
Outstanding Witness -
Samantha Kaplan
Taren Vacanti

National Invitational
Loras College
January 27th & 28th

Team 1240: 4 - 4

Racheter Invitational
Central College
January 21st & 22nd

Team 1238: 6 - 2     4th Place
Outstanding Attorney -
Cait Spackman

City of Hope Invitational
Missouri Southern State University
January 20th & 21st

Team 1239: 6 - 2          4th Place
Team 1240: 5 - 2 - 1     5th Place
Outstanding Attorney -
Abby Ayers
Megan Koch
Outstanding Witness -
Elizabeth Rome
Neil Logan
Cornshucker Challenge
The University of Iowa
November 19th & 20th

Team 1238: 2 - 6

Team 1239: 3 - 5

Team 1240: 0 - 8

(tab summary)

Outstanding Witness -
Jake Huebener

St. Paul Trials

Macalester College

November 4th - 6th

Team 1239: 4 - 3 - 1     8th Place
Outstanding Attorney -
Chase Van Langen
Illinois State University
November 4th - 6th
Team 1238: 4 - 4
Team 1240: 5 - 3
Calkins Invitational
Drake University
October 29th & 30th
Team 1238: 5 - 2 - 1
Honorable Mention
Outstanding Witness -
Abby Ayers
Arch-Invitational
Washington University
St. Louis
October 15th & 16th
Team 1238: 5 - 3     5th Place
Team 1239: 2 - 6
Team 1240 2 - 5 - 1
Outstanding Attorney -
Abby Ayers
Cait Spackman
Mikayla Rodgers
Samantha Kaplan
Outstanding Witness -
Colin Gorton