The 2008 Minnesota team generally consisted of Rob Carson, Andrew Hart, Gautam Kandlikar and often, Bernadette Spencer. Other notable players for Minnesota in 2008 include Andrew Bockover, Ryan Peterson, Matthias Hunt, Daniel Weispfenning, Rita Otto, Mike Parks, Chris Bauleke, Sean Skaar, and College Jeopardy! contestant Meredith Johnson. Quentin Roper sometimes played with Minnesota teams as well.
The team competed together or in various configurations at fourteen regular collegiate tournaments. Notable finishes include top-four rankings at Titanomachy, Illinois Open, Michigan MLK, Penn Bowl, and ACF Regionals. The team won every novice event it entered: EFT 2, ACF Fall, and a one-two finish at the Illinois Novice. In addition, the team finished fourth at the North NAQT SCT and earned a berth to the 2008 ICT.
National championship tournaments
Rob, Andrew, and Gautam got twelfth place overall, and third place in the undergraduate division.
Rob, Andrew, Gautam, and Bernadette got fifth place overall, and won the Undergraduate and Division II titles. Rob and Andrew got individual scoring awards.
Ryan, Andrew Bockover, Rita, Mike, and Meredith placed third in the country, behind Rochester and New Mexico.
Stats and tournament placings
- Second and fifth at Titanomachy (Team A: Rob and Gautam; Team B: Jon Martin, Sean, Bernadette, and Quentin)
- Fifth at Minnesota Deep Bench (Gautam, Rita, Bernadette, Meredith, Rita, Ryan, and others)
- First, fifth, and ninth at ACF Fall (Team A: Rob, Gautam, and Bernadette; Team B: Meredith, Ryan, Bockover, and Daniel; Team C: Jon Martin and Sean)
- First and eighth at the Chicago site of EFT (Team B: Rob, Andrew, Gautam, Chris; Team A: Rita, Bockover, Bernadette, Meredith, Sean)
- Fourth at the Illinois Open (Rob, Andrew, Gautam, Bernadette)
- Third and sixth at Truman State's Brainal Leakage (Team B: Rob, Andrew, and Bernadette; Team A: Rita, Sean, and Meredith)
- Fourth and twelfth at Michigan MLK (Team A: Rob, Andrew, Gautam, and Bernadette; Team B: Quentin, Bockover, and Sean)
- Second and seventh at Truman State's mirror of Penn Bowl (Team A: Rob Carson, Andrew Hart, Gautam Kandlikar, and Bernadette Spencer; Team B: Quentin Roper and Sean Skaar)
- Fourth at Cardinal Classic XVII (Andrew played with Brown: Jerry Vinokurov, Eric Mukherjee, and Dennis Jang)
- Fourth and eighth at North NAQT SCT (Team A: Rob, Andrew, Bockover, Matthias; Team B: Meredith Johnson, Rita Otto, and Daniel Weispfenning)
- Fourth at Midwest ACF Regionals - (Rob, Andrew, Gautam, and Bernadette)
- Tied for first at the St. Olaf mirror of the Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Novice Tournament (Rob and Gautam played together, as did Andrew and his brother Matt)
- Twelfth at the ICT (Rob, Andrew, and Gautam)
- Fifth at ACF Nationals (Undergraduate and DII champions) (Rob, Andrew, Gautam, and Bernadette)