Left to right, David Allen, Thomas Goodman, Zachary Simoncelli,
and Stephen Chronowski at the College Bowl Regional Championship
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell is one of 16 collegiate teams from around the country that will compete in the College Bowl National Tournament in Hartford, Conn., April 21-23.
Representing Bucknell for the first time in the national competition - also known as The Varsity Sport of the Mind - are team captain David Allen and players Stephen Chronowski, Thomas Goodman, and Zachary Simoncelli. Alexander Richman, assistant professor of mathematics, is the team coach.
The team will complete in 15 matches Friday and Saturday against other collegiate teams to answer questions in academic subject areas that include history, science, literature, geography, religion, social sciences, the arts as well as sports, current events, general knowledge, popular culture, and multicultural topics.
Depending on their standing at the end of Saturday, the team would move into Sunday's playoff rounds.
"We know going in that we're going up against some very strong academic institutions," says Allen, a senior. "We'll be going head to head with some very stiff competition - the best and the brightest."
Getting to the national tournament, says Allen, was a significant achievement in itself. It required winning three straight games, including two against a tough University of Maryland in February. "We had a really exciting regional tournament," he says. "We had to win three in a row to win the regional championship."
Team Bucknell's academic talent includes one English major, two chemical engineering majors, and one electrical engineering major.
College Bowl has been played in various forms since 1953. College Bowl's official web site indicates that Bucknell played against Temple University in 1963 on the GE College Bowl TV Show. Bucknell finished second in the 2004-05 regional championship.
In addition to Bucknell, the finalists competing this weekend are Baylor University, Davidson College, Montana State University-Billings, Northwestern University, Seton Hall University, St. Bonaventure University, Ohio State University, the University of Arizona, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Illinois-Urbana, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the University of New Mexico, Valdosta State University, and Washington University-St. Louis.
For more information about the national tournament, visit the College Bowl web site.
Posted April 20, 2006