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.

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.

For most of its existence, ACF Nationals was smaller than ICT, and was open to any collegiate team, provided that most of those teams submitted a packet (unlike ICT, which had a strict system of invitations and was written entirely by NAQT personnel). In 2015, in part due to exploding interest in nationals attendance, ACF instituted the A-Value, a measure which generated a list of Nationals invitees based on teams' performance at the preceding ACF Regionals. As of now, the Nationals field is capped, and teams are invited by having a large enough A-value for the year, or by being issued autobids for hosting or editing Regionals.

Some additional kinds of information on editors and circumstances of ACF Nationals can be found at the ACF page.

Pedigree

There are three ways of looking at when ACF Nationals began:

  • Most commonly, the national tournaments run by the Academic Competition Foundation from 1991 to 1997 are considered as part of the same series of events as those run by the Academic Competition Federation from 1998 onwards. While the two organizations are technically distinct, one picked up directly from the other with the exact same philosophy about tournament structure and question content, and many of the same personnel. Under this definition, by far the generally accepted one, ACF Nationals first ran in 1991 and the 2022 tournament was the 30th instance of the event (accounting for no tournament in 1992 and 2020).
  • If only the present "ACF" entity is counted, then ACF Nationals began in 1998 and the 2022 tournament was the 24th instance. This distinction is almost never made, particularly because the Federation version of ACF was not incorporated as a legal entity until later in the 2010s, meaning that the 1991-1997 version is technically just as valid as anything that happened from 1998 until quite recently.
  • The 1991 version of ACF was the direct successor, in ideology and personnel, to prior events such as the National Invitation Tournament (1979-1985) and All-American Invitational (1988-1989). Considering the three events as one chain of "ACF-style" national championships, the tournament is 43 years old as of 2022 and has run 38 times. There is no information about the 1979 and 1980 NITs other than that they occurred. The NIT/AAI series did not run a championship in 1982, 1986, 1987, or 1990.

ACF Nationals Master Info Table

Year Overall National Champion Undergraduate Champion Division II Champion Host City Field Size Head Editor(s)
1991 Tennessee N/A N/A Knoxville, TN 12 Carol Guthrie (?)
1993 Chicago N/A N/A College Park, MD 12 John Nam (?)
1994 Chicago Maryland N/A College Park, MD 24 Jim Dendy
1995 Harvard Georgia Tech N/A Knoxville, TN 39 Jim Dendy
1996 Georgia Tech Maryland N/A Knoxville, TN 39 Jim Dendy
1997 Virginia Virginia Carleton College Urbana, IL 23 Vishnu Jejjala
1998 Virginia South Carolina Harvard College Park, MD 21 John Sheahan
1999 Chicago Texas Arkansas Chicago, IL 22 David Hamilton
2000 Chicago Princeton Princeton College Park, MD 22 (+2 exhibition) David Hamilton
2001 Michigan Berry Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 16 David Hamilton
2002 Michigan Princeton Texas A&M College Park, MD 27 Raj Bhan
2003 Berkeley Harvard Princeton Atlanta, GA 22 Raj Bhan
2004 Chicago Harvard Harvard College Park, MD 22 Ezequiel Berdichevsky
2005 Michigan Harvard Chicago Evanston, IL 21 Andrew Yaphe
2006 Texas A&M Chicago None Ann Arbor, MI 19 (+2 exhibition) Andrew Yaphe
2007 Chicago Carleton College Illinois Nashville, TN 27 Andrew Yaphe & Ezequiel Berdichevsky
2008 Chicago Minnesota Minnesota Waltham, MA 17 (+4 exhibition) Eric Kwartler & Ryan Westbrook
2009 Chicago Minnesota Stow Munroe Falls St Louis, MO 24 Matt Weiner
2010 Stanford Minnesota State College College Park, MD 28 Ezequiel Berdichevsky
2011 Yale Michigan State College Pittsburgh, PA 28 Jerry Vinokurov
2012 Yale Illinois Haverford College Park, MD 28 Jonathan Magin
2013 Illinois Chicago Illinois New York, NY 36 Jonathan Magin
2014 Virginia Yale North Carolina New York, NY 34 Jerry Vinokurov
2015 Penn Stanford Northwestern Ann Arbor, MI 48 Ryan Westbrook
2016 Michigan Maryland Oklahoma Ann Arbor, MI 44 Rob Carson
2017 Maryland Berkeley MIT New York, NY 38 Matt Bollinger
2018 Chicago Berkeley Harvard Cambridge, MA 47 Andrew Hart
2019 Columbia Berkeley Harvard Philadelphia, PA 48 Auroni Gupta
2021 Florida Brown Brown Evanston, IL 24 Ryan Westbrook & Matt Bollinger
2022 Georgia Tech Yale Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 51 John Lawrence

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 College) • Will Turner (Michigan)
Stats
2008 Chicago Brown Maryland Illinois Mike Sorice
Illinois
Matt Keller (Vanderbilt) • Jerry Vinokurov (Brown) • Jonathan Magin (Maryland) • Ray Luo (UCLA)
Seth Teitler (Chicago) • Jason Keller (Rutgers) • Billy Beyer (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 (Minnesota) • Dallas Simons (Harvard)
Auroni Gupta (UCSD) • Chris Ray (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
2015 Penn Chicago Maryland Stanford
Virginia
Auroni Gupta
UCSD
Dylan Minarik (Northwestern) • Matthew Bollinger (Virginia) • Will Nediger (Michigan) • Neil Gurram (MIT)
Eric Mukherjee (Penn) • Andrew Wang (Illinois) • Jordan Brownstein (Maryland)
Stats
2016 Michigan Chicago Stanford Maryland
Yale
Jordan Brownstein
Maryland
Kurtis Droge (Louisville) • Neil Gurram (MIT) • Will Alston (Dartmouth) • Kenji Golimlim (Michigan)
Andrew Wang (Illinois) • Jason Golfinos (Princeton) • Caleb Kendrick (Oklahoma)
Stats
2017 Maryland Michigan Yale Columbia Jordan Brownstein
Maryland
Eric Mukherjee (Penn) Jacob Reed (Yale) • John Lawrence (Chicago) • Jason Golfinos (Princeton)
Rafael Krichevsky (Columbia) • Stephen Liu (Stanford) • Jasper Lee (Tennessee)
Stats
2018 Chicago Penn Yale Columbia Itamar Naveh-Benjamin
Missouri
Jacob Reed (Yale) • Rafael Krichevsky (Columbia) • Caleb Kendrick (Oklahoma) • Aseem Keyal (Berkeley)
Kenji Shimizu (Michigan) • Chris Ray (Ohio State) • Charles Hang (WUSTL)
Stats
2019 Columbia Chicago Minnesota Maryland Jakob Myers
Michigan State
Chris Ray (Ohio State) • Charles Hang (WUSTL) • Derek So (McGill) • Natan Holtzman (Stanford)
Caleb Kendrick (Maryland) • Eric Xu (Virginia) • Justin French (UCLA)
Stats
2021 Florida Columbia Stanford Ohio State Will Alston
Columbia
Jason Golfinos (Harvard) • Chris Ray (Ohio State) • Auroni Gupta (Illinois) • Tracy Mirkin (Florida)
Hari Parameswaran (Georgia Tech) • Tim Morrison (Stanford) • William Golden (Texas)
Stats
2022 Georgia Tech Stanford Ohio State WUSTL Matt Bollinger
Georgia Tech
Tracy Mirkin (Florida) • Matthew Lehmann (WUSTL) • Jason Golfinos (Harvard) • Daniel Sheinberg (Yale)
Vincent Du (North Carolina) • Caleb Kendrick (Maryland) • Chris Ray (Ohio State)
William Golden (Texas) • Eric Bobrow (Johns Hopkins) • Clark Smith (Ohio State) • Justin Hawkins (Indiana)
Stats

Champions whose names are in bold were undefeated.


Medal count

Team Championships Total Top 2 Finishes Total Top 3 Finishes Total Top 4 Finishes
Berkeley 1 2 4 5
Brigham Young 0 0 1 1
Brown 0 3 3 3
Chicago 9 14 16 18
Columbia 1 2 2 4
Florida 1 1 1 1
Georgia Tech 2 4 4 5
Harvard 1 2 4 5
Illinois 1 2 4 7
Kentucky 0 1 2 4
Maryland 1 5 10 14
Michigan 4 7 10 10
Minnesota 0 2 3 4
NC State 0 0 0 1
Ohio State 0 0 1 2
Oklahoma 0 0 0 1
Penn 1 2 3 5
Princeton 0 0 1 2
South Carolina 0 0 0 1
Stanford 1 2 5 6
Tennessee 1 1 1 1
Texas A&M 1 1 3 4
VCU 0 0 0 1
Virginia 3 5 6 9
WUSTL 0 0 0 1
Yale 2 4 6 7

Notes

  • The tournament was not held in 1992 or 2020.
  • 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 DII-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.
  • ACF Nationals had champion teams from ten distinct schools in the ten years from 2013 to 2022.

See Also

ACF tournaments
ACF Fall 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
ACF Winter 2009 2010 2020 2021
ACF Regionals 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
ACF Nationals 1991 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022