The Loyola Marymount University debate team registered its highest finish ever in the university’s debating history at the World Universities Debating Championships, which were held December 27th through January 3rd at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland.

The debate team placed ninth among 316 colleges and universities from around the world, and was one of the ten American teams that advanced to the finals, out of 32. The only U.S. team that advanced farther was Harvard, which placed second in the tournament.

“This showing once more places LMU debaters among the top echelon of debaters from prestigious universities throughout the world,” said Barbara Busse, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

LMU debaters Kevin Kiley and Mike Aguilera comprised the Lion team that tied with Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for ninth place. Other U.S. universities that participated in the tournament included Yale, Stanford, Duke, Brown and Johns Hopkins.

The participants debated topics such as whether countries should criminalize adultery and ban abortion.

“There is no other LMU activity which directly places LMU Westchester undergraduates and graduate students in competition with exceptional students from the nation and the world,” said Busse.

The debate team will compete in the Trinity University Round Robin and the Trinity Invitational in Dublin in late January and at the London School of Economics in mid-February.