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Illinois
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Location:
Champaign-Urbana, IL
Current President or Coach Tristan Willey
National championships 2000 NAQT Division I, 2004 NAQT Undergraduate, 2012 ACF Undergraduate, 2013 ACF Overall

This article describes the Academic Buzzer Team at the University of Illinois. For high school Scholastic Bowl in the state of Illinois, see Illinois Scholastic Bowl.

The University of Illinois (Illinois or UIUC) is a large public university located in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Illinois is represented in quizbowl by the Academic Buzzer Team (ABT), which was founded by Chris Goheen and others circa 1979 and is by some accounts the oldest continuously active registered student organization (RSO) at Illinois.

In 2010, Illinois placed 5th (tied with Brown A and Penn) at ACF Nationals, 4th (tied with Minnesota A) in Division I at NAQT ICT, and 31st in Division II at ICT.

In 2011, Illinois placed 3rd at ACF Nationals and 3rd in Division I at NAQT ICT.

In 2012, Illinois finished 2nd in Division I at the NAQT ICT. They finished 6th overall and won the undergraduate championship at the ACF Nationals.

In 2013, Illinois finished 4th in Division I at ICT and Illinois A won ACF Nationals; a one-person Illinois B team won the Division II award at Nationals as well, which Matt Weiner incorrectly claimed was the first solo victory of Division II ACF Nationals despite Ike Jose being in the room.

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Tournaments

Illinois traditionally hosts two collegiate tournaments: the Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Novice Tournament (MCMNT) and Illinois Open (IO). Illinois Open was most recently written at a post-ACF Nationals difficulty level by Ike Jose with science questions contributed by Jeremy Eaton, Surya Sabhapathy, and Michael Hausinger. It has previously been run as an open packet submission tournament with a difficulty around ACF Regionals or a little harder, sometimes has been paired with Maryland's TIT, and in 2008 was a housewrite mostly by Trygve Meade. The MCMNT is almost always open only to first- and second-year players, and has alternately required packet submission, been written entirely by Illinois players, paired with the Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT), and paired with Brown’s Early Fall Tournament (EFT). Illinois hosts a variety of other quizbowl tournaments throughout the year. In 2010-2011, Illinois hosted THUNDER II and NAQT SCT.

The ABT also hosts an annual high school tournament: the Earlybird. The Earlybird alternately has been written entirely by Illinois players using a slightly modified ACF-style format, used HSAPQ question sets, and used the second iteration of DAFT. The ABT has historically produced and hosted the ABT Solo, which is a one-on-one tournament with short ACF-style questions usually produced by Donald Taylor. The ABT has provided facilities for IHSSBCA's annual meeting and for its Team Illinois tryouts. In 2011, the IHSSBCA recognized the ABT as the Friend of Scholastic Bowl. In most years, several other high school quizbowl or quizbowl-like events are held at Illinois, including the long-running Illinois Phi Scholars Tournament, though the ABT is not generally involved in these other tournaments.

Current Members

  • Kevin Davis
  • Alex Fregeau ('16)
  • Gary Liu ('17)
  • Brandon Lunt ('18)
  • Chinmay Kansara ('15)
  • Andy Sun ('18)
  • Andrew Wang ('16), treasurer
  • Tristan Willey ('17), president

Loosely Affiliated

Former Members

2007-2008 Season

Tournament Host Date Finish Individual
ACF Regionals University of Chicago February 16, 2008
Illinois A - 2nd
Illinois B - 6th
Illinois C - 11th
Mike Sorice - 3rd
Jeff Crean - 8th
NAQT SCT University of Chicago February 9, 2008
Illinois A (Div I) - 1st
Illinois B (Div I) - 3rd
Illinois (Div II) - 6th
Mike Sorice (Div I) - 1st
Steven Canning (Div I) - 6th
Greg Baboukis (Div I) - 7th
Sulee Cao (Div I) - 8th
Trygve Meade (Div II) - 3rd
Cardinal Classic Stanford University February 2, 2008
Illinois A - 6th
Illinois B - 10th
Mike Sorice - 2nd
Penn Bowl Truman State University January 26, 2008 Illinois - 3rd Mike Sorice - 1st
MLK University of Michigan January 19, 2008 Illinois A - 2nd Mike Sorice - 1st
TTGT11 University of Iowa December 1, 2007 Illinois - 1st N/A
Brainal Leakage Truman State University November 17, 2007
Illinois A - 1st
Illinois B - 5th
Mike Sorice - 1st
Trygve Meade - 5th
Steven Canning - 8th
Deep Bench University of Minnesota October 20, 2007 Illinois - 1st Mike Sorice - 1st
EFT2 University of Chicago October 6, 2007
Illinois A - 2nd
Illinois D - 7th
Illinois B - 22nd
Illinois C - 23rd
Donald Taylor - 3rd
Trygve Meade - 10th

2006-2007 Season

Tournament Host Date Finish Individual
NAQT ICT University of Minnesota April 13-14, 2007
Illinois (Div I) - 2nd
Illinois (Div II) - 11th
Mike Sorice (Div I) - 3rd

(NAQT has 5th due to a scoring error in round 5)

ACF Nationals Vanderbilt University March 31, 2007
Illinois A - 5th
Illinois B - ?
Mike Sorice - 1st
Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Novice University of Illinois March 10, 2007 Illinois A - 5th Greg Baboukis - 4th
ACF Regionals University of Chicago February 17, 2007
Illinois A - 2nd
Illinois B - 12th
Mike Sorice - 2nd
NAQT SCT University of Michigan February 10, 2007 Illinois (Div I) - 3rd
Mike Sorice - 1st
Kelly Tourdot - 8th
NAQT SCT University of Iowa February 10, 2007
Illinois A (Div II) - 2nd
Illinois B (Div II) - 5th
Donald Taylor - 3rd
Greg Baboukis - 7th
Anne B. Davis University of Michigan January 14, 2007
Illinois A - 4th
Illinois B - 10th
N/A
MLK University of Michigan January 13, 2007
Illinois A - 3rd
Illinois B - 9th
Mike Sorice - 5th
ACF Fall University of Chicago November 4, 2006
Illinois C - 1st
Illinois A - 5th
Illinois B - 8th
Mike Sorice - 1st
Kelly Tourdot - 3rd
Donald Taylor - 7th
Rollapalooza University of Missouri-Rolla October 21, 2006 Illinois - 1st
Mike Sorice - 1st
Kelly Tourdot - 3rd

Title Succession

ACF Nationals Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Yale
2013
Virginia
ACF Nationals Division II Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Haverford
2013
North Carolina
NAQT ICT Division I Overall Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Chicago
2000
Chicago
NAQT ICT Division I Undergraduate Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Harvard
2004
VCU

Unofficial title succession

ACF Nationals Division II Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Chicago
2007
Minnesota

External Links

Official Website