ACF Nationals

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ACF Nationals is an annual event held by ACF . Along with the NAQT ICT, ACF Nationals is one of the two tournaments which determine a national champion each year in collegiate quizbowl.

More information on editors and circumstances of ACF Nationals can be found at the ACF page. ACF Nationals was first held in 1991, though it is the successor to prior events such as the National Invitation Tournament and All-American Invitational which date back to 1979.

Considering the three events as one chain of "ACF-style" national championships, ACF Nationals is the oldest national title, at 36 years as of the 2015 tournament. It is also the most frequently awarded -- the 2015 championship will be the 33rd (no tournament was held in 1986, 1987, 1990, or 1992). ACF and its predecessor organizations surpassed the College Bowl NCT's 28 instances with the holding of ACF Nationals in 2011.

Beginning in 2008, ACF Nationals crowned Undergraduate and Division II champions in addition to overall champions. Unlike at NAQT ICT, the Division II title is awarded to the highest-finishing Division II team in the overall field, rather than being played in a separate tournament. Unofficial winners by the current criteria are noted for pre-2008 tournaments, when known.

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ACF Nationals Master Info Table

Year Overall National Champion Undergraduate Champion Division II Champion Host City
1991 Tennessee N/A N/A Knoxville, TN
1993 Chicago N/A N/A College Park, MD
1994 Chicago Maryland N/A College Park, MD
1995 Harvard Georgia Tech N/A Knoxville, TN
1996 Georgia Tech Maryland N/A Knoxville, TN
1997 Virginia Virginia Carleton Urbana, IL
1998 Virginia South Carolina Harvard College Park, MD
1999 Chicago Texas Arkansas Chicago, IL
2000 Chicago Princeton Princeton College Park, MD
2001 Michigan Berry Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
2002 Michigan Princeton Texas A&M College Park, MD
2003 Berkeley Harvard Princeton Atlanta, GA
2004 Chicago Harvard Harvard College Park, MD
2005 Michigan Harvard Chicago Evanston, IL
2006 Texas A&M Chicago None Ann Arbor, MI
2007 Chicago Carleton Illinois Nashville, TN
2008 Chicago Minnesota Minnesota Waltham, MA
2009 Chicago Minnesota Stow Munroe Falls St Louis, MO
2010 Stanford Minnesota State College College Park, MD
2011 Yale Michigan State College Pittsburgh, PA
2012 Yale Illinois Haverford College Park, MD
2013 Illinois Chicago Illinois New York, NY
2014 Virginia Yale North Carolina New York, NY

Expanded Top Finishers Table

Year Champion Second Place Third Place Fourth Place Top Individual Scorer Other All-Stars Stats
1991 Tennessee Georgia Tech Maryland NC State
1993 Chicago Maryland Harvard Harvard B
1994 Chicago Maryland Brigham Young Maryland B Bill Crew
Central Florida
John Saluda (North Carolina) • Josh Boorstin (Chicago) • John Harris (Virginia) Stats
1995 Harvard Georgia Tech Berkeley South Carolina Tom Waters
South Carolina
Jeff Johnson (Harvard) • John Sheahan (Chicago) • Marc Swisdak (Colorado) • Eric Tentarelli (Cornell)
Christine Moritz (Emory) • Mike Mahurin (Midwestern State) • Tim Pulju (Rice)
Stats
1996 Georgia Tech Maryland Virginia Illinois Andrew Yaphe
Virginia
Jeff Johnson (Harvard) • R. Hentzel (Iowa State) • Jason King (Georgia Tech) • Eric Tentarelli (Cornell)
Robert Trent (Iowa) • Christine Moritz (Emory) • Mike Musgrove (Georgia Tech)
Stats
1997 Virginia Chicago Maryland Georgia Tech John Sheahan
Chicago
Mike Starsinic (Ohio State) • Andrew Yaphe (Virginia) • James Anderson (Illinois) • Jason King (Georgia Tech)
Peter McCorquodale (MIT) • R. Hentzel (Iowa State) • Dave Hamilton (Maryland)
Stats
1998 Virginia Harvard Maryland Oklahoma Andrew Yaphe
Virginia
Jeff Johnson (Harvard) • Eric Bell (Oklahoma) • Long Nguyen (Georgia Tech) • Jeff Stewart (Princeton)
T.C. Ford (South Carolina) • Ravin Garg (Michigan) • Gautam Mukunda (Harvard)
Stats
1999 Chicago Maryland Illinois Berkeley Andrew Yaphe
Chicago
Robert Trent (Iowa) • Mike Wehrman (Arkansas) • Subash Maddipoti (Quincy) • Dave Hamilton (Maryland)
Dave Goodman (Michigan) • Jason Hong (Berkeley) • Seth Kendall (Kentucky)
Stats
2000 Chicago Illinois Harvard Virginia Andrew Yaphe
Chicago
John Kenney (Virginia) • Jeff Hoppes (Princeton) • Raj Bhan (WUSTL) • Joon Pahk (Harvard)
Mike Wehrman (Arkansas) • Patrick Friel (UCLA) • Shaun Hayeslip (Maryland)
Stats
2001 Michigan Virginia Michigan B Kentucky John Kenney
Virginia
Kelly McKenzie (Kentucky) • Steve Watchorn (Wisconsin) • Ezequiel Berdichevsky (Michigan) • Eric Smith (Texas)
Chris Vichich (Illinois) • Robert Trent (Vanderbilt) • Ed Cohn (Chicago)
Stats
2002 Michigan Kentucky Princeton Virginia John Kenney
Virginia
Matt Weiner (Pitt) • Raj Dhuwalia (Florida Atlantic) • Kelly McKenzie (Kentucky) • Vik Vaz (Harvard)
David Hayes (Rutgers) • Nathan Freeburg (Florida State) • Jeff Hoppes (Princeton)
Stats
2003 Berkeley Michigan Kentucky Texas A&M Wesley Matthews
Indiana
Kelly McKenzie (Kentucky) • Raj Dhuwalia (Florida) • Robert Trent (Vanderbilt) • Vernon Davenport (South Carolina)
Nathan Freeburg (Florida State) • Seth Teitler (Berkeley) • Vik Vaz (Harvard)
Stats
2004 Chicago Berkeley Texas A&M Kentucky Wesley Matthews
Indiana
Kelly McKenzie (Kentucky) • Adam Kemezis (Michigan) • Matt Cvijanovich (Iowa State) • Chris Frankel (Princeton)
Jason Keller (Rutgers) • Andrew Yaphe (Chicago) • Nathan Freeburg (CUNY)
Stats
2005 Michigan Chicago Berkeley Princeton Matt Weiner
VCU
Subash Maddipoti (Chicago) • Seth Kendall (Kentucky) • Fred Bush (Rochester) • Jason Keller (Rutgers)
Chris Frankel (Princeton) • Ryan Westbrook (Michigan) • Jerry Vinokurov (Berkeley)
Stats
2006 Texas A&M Michigan Chicago Illinois Matt Lafer
Matt Lafer
Matt Weiner (VCU) • Chris Frankel (Princeton) • Jerry Vinokurov (Brown) • Jason Keller (Rutgers)
Paul Litvak (Carnegie Mellon) • Leo Wolpert (Virginia) • Chris Romero (Texas A&M)
Stats
2007 Chicago Brown Texas A&M VCU Matt Weiner
VCU
Seth Kendall (Kentucky) • Ryan Westbrook (Wayne State) • Mike Sorice (Illinois) • Jerry Vinokurov (Brown)
Seth Teitler (Chicago) • Patrick Hope (Carleton) • Will Turner (Michigan)
Stats
2008 Chicago Brown Maryland Illinois Mike Sorice
Illinois
Matt Keller (Vanderbilt) • Jerry Vinokurov (Brown) • Jonathan Magin (UG) (Maryland) • Ray Luo (UCLA)
Seth Teitler (Chicago) • Jason Keller (Rutgers) • Billy Beyer (UG) (Florida State)
Stats
2009 Chicago Brown Stanford Minnesota Andrew Yaphe
Stanford
Jerry Vinokurov (Brown) • Chris Ray (Maryland) • Ike Jose (Stow Munroe Falls) • Mike Sorice (Illinois)
Auroni Gupta (UCSD) • Evan Adams (VCU) • Charlie Dees (Missouri)
Stats
2010 Stanford Minnesota Chicago Maryland Andrew Yaphe
Stanford
Eric Mukherjee (Penn) • Seth Teitler (Chicago) • Brendan Byrne (UG) (Minnesota) • Dallas Simons (UG) (Harvard)
Auroni Gupta (UG) (UCSD) • Chris Ray (UG) (Maryland A) • Mike Sorice (Illinois)
Stats
2011 Yale Minnesota Illinois Chicago Matt Bollinger
Virginia
Auroni Gupta (UCSD) • Chris Ray (Maryland A) • Mike Sorice (Illinois) • Henry Gorman (Rice)
Robert Harden (South Carolina) • Evan Adams (VCU) • Trevor Davis (Carnegie Mellon)
Stats
2012 Yale Virginia Michigan Penn Ike Jose
Illinois
Matt Bollinger (Virginia) • Eric Mukherjee (Penn) • Chris Ray (Maryland) • Henry Gorman (Rice)
Matt Jackson (Yale) • Andrew Hart (Minnesota) • Sean Smiley (VCU)
Stats
2013 Illinois Yale Michigan Penn John Lawrence
London
Andrew Hart (Minnesota) • Matt Bollinger (Virginia) • Ike Jose (Illinois) • Matt Jackson (Yale)
Eric Mukherjee (Penn) • Henry Gorman (Rice) • Chris Ray (Maryland)
Stats
2014 Virginia Yale Penn Chicago Matt Bollinger
Virginia
Eric Mukherjee (Penn) • Will Nediger (Michigan) • Richard Yu (WUSTL) • Matt Jackson (Yale)
John Lawrence (Chicago) • Aaron Rosenberg (Illinois) • Stephen Liu (Harvard)
Stats
  • Champions whose names are in bold were undefeated.

Medal count

Team Championships Finals Appearances (Top 2) Trophies (Top 3) Leaderboards (Top 4)
Berkeley 1 2 4 5
Brigham Young 0 0 1 1
Brown 0 3 3 3
Chicago 8 10 12 14
Georgia Tech 1 3 3 4
Harvard 1 2 4 5
Illinois 1 2 4 7
Kentucky 0 1 2 4
Maryland 0 4 8 10
Michigan 3 5 8 8
Minnesota 0 2 2 3
NC State 0 0 0 1
Oklahoma 0 0 0 1
Penn 0 0 1 3
Princeton 0 0 1 2
South Carolina 0 0 0 1
Stanford 1 1 2 2
Tennessee 1 1 1 1
Texas A&M 1 1 3 4
VCU 0 0 0 1
Virginia 3 5 6 8
Yale 2 4 4 4

Notes

  • The tournament was not held in 1992.
  • There are no surviving stats from 1991 or 1993; as such, the all-stars are unknown. 1994 stats do not contain full individual information and only contain team stats + the names of the top four all-stars.
  • Undergraduate and Division II titles prior to 2008 are retroactive. In years listed as N/A, the stats do not contain enough information to retroactively determine Undergraduate and Division II eligibility.
  • No D2-eligible teams participated in 2006.
  • The 2002 tournament was originally announced as "hosted by George Washington University;" however, it had to be moved to Maryland due to room access issues at GWU, and most of the staff was recruited by Maryland. GWU assisted in running the tournament.

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