After an ultra-tense weekend of regional tournaments, Loyola Mock Trial qualified the maximum number of teams for the AMTA national tournaments for the fifth year in a row.
494 survived a surprising loss to North Central in the second round of the Joliet Regional to finish 6-1-1 in second place, behind 8-0 Michigan. Oliver Judd received his second attorney award of the season, Christine Murphy won her third and fourth awards (both witness) and Aly Shaughnessy was given her first career attorney award.
495 used a double ballot victory over then-1st place Chicago in round four of the Milwaukee Regional to finish 6-2 in third place. With splits against Cornell and Lake Forest in both Prosecution rounds, the Defense side went 4-0 to secure qualification. David Weber received his fourth witness award of the season.
496 nearly managed a top eight finish but was stopped in round four by a quality Michigan team. They finished 3-4-1 against a tough schedule that included Wisconsin-Madison, UIC A, Carthage College, and Michigan, putting the cap on a successful year that bodes well for the future of Loyola Mock Trial.
While 496 gets to rest easy and raise their class grades, 494 and 495 have their work cut out for them. Among the teams in the St. Paul Opening Round Championship Series will be Virginia A and B-two behemoths of collegiate Mock Trial. Loyola hopes to survive the ensuing bloodbath and send two teams to the National Championship Tournament for the first time in program history.