SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Brain Bowl Team Prepares for National Tournament

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 10, 2017) — The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Brain Bowl team Firebird is gearing up for the national tournament in Minnesota Feb. 24-25. On the way to the tournament, the team will compete Feb. 13 in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) regional tournament against Valencia College and South Florida State College.

The Brain Bowl team competed at a Sectional Tournament, not affiliated with the FCSAA, at the end of January. Team Firebird, made up of David Espinal (captain), Lacey Anderson, Nathanael Havlik and Damien Bobrek, a State College of Florida Collegiate School student, had the most competitive Sectional Tournament in the country with four of the top 10 Brain Bowl teams competing at SCF Bradenton. Phil Travis, an SCF history professor, and Christina Dwyer, an SCF mathematics professor, are the team’s coaches.

Team Firebird placed fourth after two Valencia teams and a Broward College team, but when the teams were ranked nationally based on performance, all four teams were ranked equally, 6th in the country.  Those teams then qualified for a spot in the national tournament.

“We are excited about our chances since we had the highest points per bonus of any team in the nation which means that our students had the most knowledge – they just need to get a little quicker on the buzzer!” Dwyer said.

For more information on the Feb. 13 tournament, visit For information on the national tournament, visit

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