College Bowl team wins national title

Amy Horst

One day after winning the College Bowl National Championship Tournament, members of the University’s College Bowl team were doing what any self-respecting champions would do – listening to Queen and watching old College Bowls.

At the 50th annual College Bowl tournament in Montgomery, Ala., the team of five University students surpassed teams from 15 other universities to win the tournament, which tests participants’ knowledge of everything from science and literature to pop culture.

“I thought we would do well, but we didn’t really anticipate winning,” coach and Boynton Health Service health educator Dave Dorman said. “This is my last year coaching with the team, so it just makes it that much more gratifying.”

Team member Ryan Peterson said that although the team was behind for a while, it tried to keep its cool.

“I think we did a good job of not paying attention to the score and just playing, because panicking doesn’t solve anything,” said Peterson, a math and physiology junior.

Dorman will continue working for Boynton, but said he would like to dedicate more time next year to volunteering for humanitarian causes with his wife. He also said he would like to get involved with John Kerry’s election campaign.

This is the team’s fourth College Bowl victory in 20 years. Dorman also coached the team when it won the championship in 1989.

It earned $35,000 from those victories, which has been earning interest and is used to pay team expenses.

The group is open to any University student and practices all year. They hold tryouts to determine who will go to the tournament, Dorman said.

University students Matt Sauter, Frank Shockey and Thomas Soderholm also competed on the University’s team.