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Maryland
Maryland.jpg
Location:
"Scenic" College Park, MD
Current President or Coach Sarang Yeola
National championships 2017 ACF Nationals; 2015 NAQT Undergraduate; 2008 NAQT Division I; 2019 NAQT Division II, 2007 NAQT Division II; 1981 College Bowl
NAQT Page link

The University of Maryland is a large public university located in College Park, Maryland. Its quizbowl club is officially called the Maryland Academic Quiz Team (MAQT).

Origins

The program was founded in the Fall of 1978. Gary Stolovy wrote all the questions for an It's Academic-style intramural tournament in spring 1978 whose final match was hosted by Mac McGarry. This sparked interest for intercollegiate competition. Student Union program coordinator Stephanie Bowers and committee members Paul Tannenbaum, Bob Maranto, Brick Barrientos, and Stolovy were among those instrumental in founding the program.

The team, featuring Brick Barrientos, Townsend Reese, Robert Whaples, and Robert Saltzberg, won the 1981 College Bowl National Championship in Huntington, WV.

History

Maryland was one of the original schools to de-affiliate from CBI and form ACF.

In 2007, Maryland won the 2007 ICT Division II title. The team also won ACF Fall that year hosted at UNC.

In 2008, Maryland won the Division I ICT. That year, Maryland won a series of regular season events including FICHTE, ACF Regionals, two different NAQT Sectionals, the VCU mirror of MUT, the UNC mirror of Illinois Novice, Cardinal Classic, Penn Bowl, PARFAIT, Titanomachy, ACF Fall and EFT. The general A Team present at these tournaments includes Jonathan Magin, Charles Meigs, Chris Ray and Jeremy Eaton, although Mike Bentley and Dan Suzman have occasionally played on the A Team at these tournaments. Jonathan Magin was also on a team that won Illinois Open and the Chicago Open.

The team has been successful regionally and nationally since Magin's graduation, as Chris Ray's playing career continued unabated. Maryland's many top-bracket finishes since have included 4th place at the 2011 ICT.

For much of its history, the Maryland team used an ancient 16-player buzzer system affectionately dubbed "The Knot," replacing it in full when it broke in the late 2000s. It then broke a second time around spring 2013 and was not repaired thereafter.

In 2014–15, the year after Ray's departure to Chicago, the team won the Undergraduate National Championship at the 2015 ICT and finished third at 2015 ACF Nationals. The latter finish was Maryland's highest at a national tournament since 2008.

A Maryland team consisting of Jordan Brownstein, Weijia Cheng, Ophir Lifshitz and Sam Rombro won the 2017 ACF Nationals.

Hosting

Being something of a nexus of quizbowl on the East Coast, Maryland typically hosts a large number of tournaments during the year for multiple audiences and difficulty levels.

Traditionally, Maryland edited and hosted an annual Terrapin Invitational Tournament. In the mid-2010s, it was replaced with the housewrite collaborations SUBMIT, STIMPY, and MYSTERIUM. The 2020 iteration of Terrapin was spun into Terrapin Open, a Nats-minus tournament.

Maryland traditionally hosted two high school tournaments in the fall and spring. The Maryland Fall Classic tournament originally used a variation of the It's Academic format, then switched to pyramidal questions (first HSAPQ, then NAQT). The Maryland Spring Classic tournament was an mACF style tournament for many years.

In the past, Maryland used to host a novice tournament called DSHIT. This was discontinued in 2005 due to a lack of interest.

Maryland has hosted many national tournaments on both the high school and college circuits: 2004 NSC, 2006 ICT, 2007 TRASHionals, 2010 ACF Nationals, 2011 NASAT, 2012 ACF Nationals, an 2013 NSC. It was scheduled to host 2008 ACF Nationals before the Maryland Scheduling Department mucked things up.

Nationals Results

ACF Nationals (2005–) Division I ICT Division II ICT
1997 A: 5th
B: 24th
C: 62nd
1998 13th
1999 A: 5th
B:12th
2000 9th
2001 12th
2002 15th 13th
2003 3rd 15th
2004 4th 11th
2005 22nd 7th
2006 16th 20th
2007 12th 1st
2008 3rd 1st
2009 9th 8th 17th
2010 A: 4th
B: 28th
8th 20th
2011 9th 8th 17th
2012 10th 4th 10th
2013 6th 7th
2014 A: 7th
B: 13th
A: 5th
B: 15th
2015 3rd A: 4th (1st UG)
B: 29th
12th
2016 A: 4th
B: 28th
4th 13th
2017 1st A: 4th
B: 29th
11th
2018 12th 8th 27th
2019 A: 4th
B: 26th
5th 1st

Current Members

Former Members

Many former Maryland players still play at trash tournaments on the College Park Retirement Castle team.

Title Succession

ACF Nationals Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Michigan
2017
Upcoming
NAQT ICT Division I Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Chicago
2008
Chicago
NAQT ICT Division II Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Stanford
2007
Carleton

College Bowl Title Succession

College Bowl Nationals Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Fresno State
1981
North Carolina

Unofficial title succession

ACF Nationals Undergraduate Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Unknown
1994
Georgia Tech
ACF Nationals Undergraduate Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Georgia Tech
1996
Virginia

Website

MAQT's website existed for more than 15 years until shortly after being redesigned in 2013, when the university discontinued web hosting for student organizations.[1]

In July 2020, ACF rehosted Dave Hamilton's 1999 archive of the website to exhibit a snapshot of a bygone era of college quizbowl.[2][3]

References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20140119093716/http://www.studentorg.umd.edu/maqt/
  2. https://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=24257
  3. https://acf-quizbowl.com/maqt-archive/