The UC Davis College Bowl team went undefeated in this year’s Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) Pacific Northwest Regional Competition, held virtually by Washington State University and University of Idaho, placing first among tough competition. The team consisted of Katie Uhl (graduate student and team captain), Claire Lefebre (undergraduate student), Megha Ramesh (undergraduate student), Maria Shaposhnikov (undergraduate student), Amanda Sinrod (graduate student), and Angela Weber (undergraduate student). The team has been coached by Tiffany Wiriyaphanich (graduate student, former College Bowl National Champion).
This year’s College Bowl competition brought together students from UC Davis, Oregon State University, Utah State University, Washington State University/University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University. During the College Bowl competition, questions about food chemistry, processing, microbiology, sensory, regulatory affairs, and more were asked in this double-elimination bracket competition. The UC Davis team had a strong showing throughout the competition, winning their first round against BYU (24 to 14), then two final rounds against OSU (24 to 16 then 16 to -4) to win the entire competition! The team congratulates all competitors from this weekend and thanks all of the organizers for the event. They are looking forward to competing in the National Competition at the IFT annual event this summer.