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Virginia is for Lovers

Spring 2024 Swing


The teams from George Mason University and James Madison University cordially invite you and your students to attend the 2024 “Virginia is for Lovers” Spring Swing, February 10-11, 2024. Both tournaments will take place in Fairfax, VA, on the campus of George Mason University. We will offer all 11 AFA-NST events at both halves of the swing. The following information should make your trip to the swing easier to plan:




We’ll use the same schedule for both days.


8:00am - 8:30am           Registration in Horizon Hall main floor lobby

8:30am                         Extemp Draw

9:00am                         IA (Ext/POI/Duo/Per/Info/Pro)

10:15am                       IB (Imp/DI/ADS/CA/Poe)

11:30am                       Lunch

12:00pm                       Extemp Draw

12:30pm                       IIA

1:45pm                         IIB

3:00pm                         Extemp Draw

3:30pm                          Finals A

4:45pm                          Finals B

6:15pm                         Awards





We plan on keeping the tournament limited to just a few buildings, with Horizon being tournament headquarters. Please reach out to Dawn Lowry (dlowry4@gmu.edu) with any accessibility needs and we’ll be sure to handle those.





We encourage teams who have recently seen significant budget reductions (or those which are student-run programs) to reach out so that we might find a way to make competition for all students at this swing possible.





  1. There is no limit on team entries in any event.
  2. Students may enter a maximum of three events per bracket; two duos count as two events.
  3. The deadline for team entry is Tuesday, February 6, at 6 pm Eastern.
  4. Entry fees are $8 per event slot. Each qualified judges cover six slots. Uncovered entries are an additional $15 per slot.
  5. Each entry dropped after Wednesday, February 7, at 6 pm ET will incur a $10 penalty. Each entry dropped on Saturday and/or Sunday will incur an additional $20 penalty. Dropped judges after Wednesday, February 7, at 6 pm ET will incur a $50 penalty. Dropped judges on Saturday and/or Sunday will incur an additional $100 penalty.
  6. To register for BOTH tournaments included in the swing, please go to www.speechwire.com, scroll down to “Virginia Is for Lovers Spring (GMU)” and “Virginia Is for Lovers Spring (JMU)” and submit your entry SEPARATELY FOR EACH HALF. You will receive a confirmation email detailing each half of your entry by 9 pm ET on Wednesday, February 7. Please be sure to check the entries you submitted and immediately correct any errors directly on Speechwire.





  1. Both tournaments will offer 2 rounds of preliminary competition and a final round, as size warrants.
  2. Any event with more than 50 entries competing in both preliminary rounds will feature a semifinal round.
  3. We will recognize the finalists in each event, the top five individual sweeps winners, and the top five schools at each tournament.
  4. The top overall speaker for both halves and the top overall team for both halves will be recognized on Sunday.
  5. We will use AFA-style rules and tabulation.



We hope you will join us for what will surely be a fun and competitive event! See you in February!


Brennan Mock                                                            Mallory Marsh

Tournament Director                                                  Tournament Director

George Mason University                                          James Madison University

bmock@gmu.edu                                                        marshml@jmu.edu    


Dawn Lowry

George Mason University




Manager contact information

Dawn Lowry
Email address: Myus328@gmail.com
Phone number: (309) 370-2911

Mailing address

Official invoice will be sent Monday, Feb 14, with mailing address for checks
Dawn Lowry 4400 University Drive MS3D6 Fairfax VA 22030
Fairfax, VA 22030

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