April 26, 2006
UCLA Wins National College Bowl Tournament
UCLA CAMPUS – Associated Students UCLA (ASUCLA) extends a hearty congratulation to the UCLA College Bowl Team, winners of the 2006 College Bowl National Championship Tournament held this past weekend in Hartford, Connecticut. They are the first team from the Western United States to win the National Championship in 26 years. The victory was UCLA’s first at the tournament, whose highest finish had been second in 2002. Charles Meigs, a history major and the team’s senior captain, was named an All-Star for his performance in the round robin portion of the tournament, and nearly doubled his scoring average in the two final games against University of Illinois.
The team, composed of senior Charles Meigs, junior Dwight Wynne, graduate student Jay Turetzky, and freshman Clifford Galliher, earned its victory by answering questions on a wide variety of academic disciplines, including history, literature, science, mathematics, philosophy, and geography, in a format similar to the television game show Jeopardy!. The tournament featured the fifteen regional champions and one wild-card team picked from among the second-place regional finishers. Teams from Seton Hall University, Bucknell University, the University of Arizona, Northwestern University, and the Ohio State University were among the competitors.
The team earned its place at Nationals by finishing undefeated at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Regional Tournament, held on February 25, 2006, in Long Beach, California. At that tournament, UCLA defeated teams including Pomona College, USC, Hawaii-Manoa, and UC-San Diego, to earn its fifth Nationals bid in six years, a streak interrupted in 2005 by Stanford University.
The UCLA College Bowl team is open to any interested persons and meets twice a week. For additional information on the team visit their website at http://quizbowl.bol.ucla.edu/.
The Associated Students UCLA is the student-controlled, nonprofit organization that has provided retail and student union services to the University of California, Los Angeles since its establishment in 1919.