Cowley College had two Collegiate Quiz Bowl teams take part in the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) sectional Jan. 20 at Cloud County Community College.

The tournament determined which teams would qualify for nationals.

Cowley qualified for nationals in 2015 by winning the sectional tournament and was invited to nationals each of the past two years thanks to its team qualifying scores.

This year, Cowley had its A team place sixth out of 12 teams.

Cowley’s B team was short one player following a graduation of Samantha Myatt at the end of the semester, and two others were unable to attend, yet the team still managed to place 11th.

The Redlands A team, which placed first at the tournament, was pushed to the limit by Cowley’s A team before holding on for a 190-160 win in the fourth round.

“We challenged them enough to make them nervous,” said Cowley College Collegiate Quiz Bowl coach Dianne Flickinger.

“It came down to the last question. If we would have won this round, it may have changed our end result.”

Flickinger is unsure if Cowley will receive an invitation to this year’s national tournament even through the team is playing well and having fun in the process. “Both teams are working well together,” Flickinger said.

“Both teams did better at this event than any other during the year. Everyone continues to make improvements.”

The Cowley A team was made up of Kamdon Fuqua, Aimee Schwintz, Matthew Sinnett and Will Tapedo. The Cowley B team comprised Edgar Fuentes, Jacob Michaelis and Symantha Shelton.

Everyone played eight 26-minute rounds, with 18 to 20 questions per round.

Schwintz came in seventh place, Michaelis finished 11th, Sinnett placed 12th, Fuentes finished 23rd, Tapedo placed 25th, Fuqua placed 32nd and Shelton finished 43rd out of 51 students.

“Jacob Michaelis, our math whiz, was our most improved player this tournament,” Flickinger said.

Johnson County’s Nathan Lucas was the top individual finisher at the tournament.

After the tournament, the Cowley teams enjoyed dinner at Hu Hot in Wichita.

Quiz Bowl team standings

  1. Redlands A
  2. Coffeyville
  3. Johnson County
  4. Cloud County
  5. Garden City A
  6. Cowley A
  7. Garden City B
  8. Redlands B
  9. Dodge City
  10. Garden City C
  11. Cowley B
  12. Redlands C

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.