U of M team wins college quiz bowl again
For the third time in four years, a team from the University of Minnesota has won the national college quiz bowl title.
In a tense back-and-forth final, the U’s five-student team beat the University of Southern California in the College Bowl National Championships in Los Angeles over the weekend. Southern Cal was one of three teams the U lost to earlier in the 16-team round-robin tournament.
The U’s new trophy joins awards won for national championships in 1984, 1987, 1989, 2004 and 2005.
This year’s quiz bowl captain was Andrew Bockover, a senior history and political science major from Rapid City, S.D. Other team members were: Robert Carson, a freshman from Chaska who is studying computer science; Andrew Hart, a freshman from Chanhassen; Meredith Johnson, a junior linguistics major from Edina, and Ezra Lyon, a graduate student in ecology, evolution and behavior from Illinois. He was named to the tournament’s all-star team.
College bowl is an extracurricular activity at the U. The question-and-answer game tests general knowledge and quick recall of topics ranging from current events to sports and popular culture.
MARY JANE SMETANKA
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