By Alyssa Rosenthal ’13
On Sunday, Feb. 3, the A team of Trinity College’s mock trial team earned a spot at nationals at the American Mock Trial Association’s annual regional competition. The competition, hosted by Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, included 24 teams from across New England with the top seven earning a bid to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) in March. Trinity qualified fourth and finished the season with an overall record of 6-1-1. The B team, with another impressive performance, earned honorable mention and a chance to earn an open bid to ORCS.
Lee and Andy Allen, looking for an exciting way to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, decided to take a scuba diving trip. The trip they decided on was with Neptune Underwater Expeditions, who promised to take the Allens to depths that no other company would take them to. Neptune, because of the danger of the dive, had specific requirements that the Allens promised were met. Ultimately, Lee Allen died on this trip and his wife, Andy, decides to sue Neptune in a wrongful death action. There are arguments on both sides, as Lee Allen lied to Neptune, but Neptune also took some reckless steps on the dive itself. The Trinity Mock Trial teams have been arguing both sides of this case since their season began last September.
The A team defense, or the “swag stable” as they like to be known, led by senior attorneys Vince Novelli and Jack Nettleton as well as junior attorney James Geisler, finished with a record of 4-0. Defeating Dartmouth College to start the weekend and the University of New Hampshire to finish it, the defense team was an anchor for Trinity. The plaintiff team, led by senior attorneys Andres Delgadillo and Andrew McCarthy as well as junior attorney Jhon Pacheco, finished with a record of 2-1-1. Delgadillo, a biochemistry major, won an individual award for his performance as an attorney, including impressive closing arguments and examinations. The team’s witnesses, sophomore Youlan Xiu and junior Alison Caless, were ranked among the best at the tournament. “We’re proud of our performance and like our chances heading into ORCS,” said McCarthy.
The B team also earned an honorable mention and a chance to join the A team at nationals. Led by sophomore captains Brooke Moschetto and Jeff Pruyne, the B team was able to finish the season with a record of 3-2-1. Both the A team and B team will continue preparing for the ORCS, which will be held on March 15-17 in Easton, Pennsylvania.