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Chargers Score Big at West Bend West

posted Apr 22, 2016, 9:43 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 1:32 PM ]

Article by Barry Holloway

Photo by Emily Fassbender

West Bend, WI--Hamilton came out of Saturday’s invite at West Bend West with a 6th place finish, and more impressively, the most points the team has ever scored at an invite (245). But the biggest story of the meet was senior Tessa Jaskolski (pictured) powering for the first time in her career en route to a 1st place finish in moments in history.

Jaskolski didn’t mince words about her first trip to finals. “Pretty awesome. I’ve never even powered before and the only time I do power…first place…that is a pretty good feeling.”

Many other members of the team found success while double entering at the tournament. Captain Samantha Moore, senior, double entered for the first time in her career. “I was freaking out. It went well though,” she explained.

Moore’s duo partner, junior, Erin Magoon took fifth in Duo as Magoon double powered for the second time this season.

“The hardest part of double powering is not getting to see all of the contestants,” explained Magoon, “So it’s a bit of an unsureness because I have no idea whose going to get it because I didn’t get to see any of them.” She didn’t have to be unsure for long, as she was announced the tournament champion in four minute speaking, a category she dominated at invites last season.

Sophomore Amy Yadev also found success at the tournament as she powered for the second time in the last three meets after not powering during her freshman season.

 “I feel really good, and I am really thankful to like Mr. Holloway and Mrs. Starrett and just really great teammates because they are all so nice,” said Yadev “They listened to me, and they didn’t judge me like in the beginning with how bad it was. They were just really supportive.”

Sophomore Matt Gnanadass tied his best career finish by placing 2nd in extemporaneous. This was the third time in this season that Gnanadass finished in the top-3.

Junior Emily Bader took third in special occasion speaking. She placed in the top-3 at both of the meets she attended this season.

Juniors Ciara Cronin (Storytelling) and Kavya Ayalasomayajula and Emily Keith (Play Acting) powered as well.

Click here for Sam Moore & Erin Magoon’s post-meet interview

Click here for Tessa Jaskolski's post-meet interview

--This is the fourth meet in a row that the team has scored 200+ points (245).

--Eight Chargers made it to finals at this meet, which ties the record for the most finals entries at an invite in over 5 years.

--Erin Magoon has now taken first place at an invite in Four Minute Speaking in three straight seasons.

--Matt Gnanadass has placed in the top-3 in extemp speaking at three of the six tournaments he attended this season.

--The Chargers were three points shy of finishing in 4th place.

--Hamilton defeated Slinger for the first time in three meetings.

--The tournament had 525 entries.