For the sixth time in seven tournaments in Washington, D.C., Loyola failed to break .500. 1142 started the weekend facing Rutgers, resulting in a split. In round two the team dropped a ballot to Pittsburgh, but managed to tie the other. The same result occurred in round three against Yale. The final round saw the Ramblers in a tough matchup against Maryland, which ended in two lost ballots, putting a cap on a dreary D.C. weekend. The team will have time to recover, though, as they have one more invitational before regionals in February.
For 1141 and 1143, the weekend's trip to Indianapolis served as a final tune-up before St. Paul's Regional tournament this coming weekend. 1141 started strong, winning two ballots in round one. They stumbled slightly in round two, losing both ballots to rival Lewis. Rounds three and four, however, brought two double-ballot victories. 1143 started the weekend 3-1, splitting in round one and winning both in round two. After dropping two ballots to Miami-Ohio in round three, they picked up both ballots in round four to finish the tournament 5-3.
1141 and 1143 will now try to continue their success in Minnesota at the Regional Tournament hosted by Hamline. 1142 will compete at the National Collegiate Invitational hosted by Loras before traveling to regionals at the end of February.
Coming off the longer-than-normal winter break, Loyola Mock Trial started the Spring Semester in fine fashion, with two Top-Ten performances. 1142, facing the equivalent of a strong regional schedule, earned a 6-2 record. The six wins was tied for the second best record - behind 6-1-1 winner Eastern Kentucky - but Loyola was bumped to 4th Place on tiebreakers. The team won two ballots against Lewis in round 1, split with Iowa and Cornell College in rounds 2 and 3, and won the final two ballots of the tournament against Northwestern in Round 4.
1141 started strong as well, winning two ballots against Pittsburgh in round 1 and splitting with Cornell College in round 2. After taking both ballots against Illinois-Chicago in round 3, the team lost and tied versus Cincinnati in round 4. The result was a 5-2-1 record, good enough for 6th place.
1143 was also in attendance, and they held up well against some good competition. They dropped both round 1 ballots against Northwestern before winning and tying versus Illinois-Chicago in round 2. On day 2, the team split with Cincinnati and Iowa to finish 3-4-1.
Next up: 1141 and 1143 will travel to Indianapolis for the Hoosier Hoedown while 1142 will jet off to Washington, D.C., for the Georgetown Hilltop Invitational.
For the first time ever, Loyola Mock Trial sent a team to the American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Championship. The tournament, held in Miami on January 16-17, featured the nation's top 80 undergraduate moot court teams. This was just the second year Loyola has ever competed in the competition - last year the team did not make it out of regionals. This year's team, comprised of Senior Ryan Sugas and Sophomore Ambris Saravanan, qualified for the National Championship by finishing in second place at the Regional Qualifying Tournament held at the University of Iowa in November. Sugas argued the First Amendment portion of the problem while Saravanan argued the Fourteenth Amendment portion. After competing in three rounds on the first day of the competition, the duo earned a record of 2-4, which was unfortunately not enough to move on to the knockout round.