Many Rutgers debaters attending GW stayed over in DC on Sunday for some sightseeing. They're seen here with the Jefferson Memorial in the background. Left to right: Kyle Bomeisl, Quinn Maingi, Kurt Falk, Jasmeet Bawa, Alex Jubb, Adam Bomeisl, Storey Clayton, and Bhargavi Sriram. (Not pictured: Alex Gristina, Arbi Llaveshi, Ashley Novak, Chris Bergman, Dave Reiss, Henna Nain, Henry Phipps, Jalal Ansari, Meet Patel, Ryan Tashima, Stephen Yellin, Taaj Robinson, Thomas O'Rourke, and Tina Dukandar.)

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) broke two teams each to varsity octofinals and novice semifinals this weekend while dominating the novice speaker rankings at the unopposed 84-team tournament. Four was a good number for RUDU this weekend, as the four breaks were matched by four novice speakers in the top ten and now also the Novice of the Year (NOTY) ranking for first-year Kurt Falk.

Here are the myriad accomplishments of RUDU at GW’s Fall 2011 tournament:
Kyle Bomeisl & Adam Bomeisl – 10th Team
Chris Bergman & Ashley Novak – 14th Team
Kurt Falk & Quinn Maingi – 3rd Novice Team
Alex Jubb & Henry Phipps – 4th Novice Team
Kurt Falk – 1st Novice Speaker
Quinn Maingi – 2nd Novice Speaker
Alex Jubb – 8th Novice Speaker
Henry Phipps – 10th Novice Speaker

The top novice speaker award for Kurt was the first for RUDU this year. RUDU won four top novice speaker awards at tournaments last year, all won by last season’s second NOTY, Ashley. Currently, Quinn is tied for 2nd NOTY while Kurt is 4th. While a great deal of the season remains, this surge in first-year talent bodes extremely well for RUDU’s future, especially since a team-record and APDA-high five novices are on the NOTY Board for Rutgers. RUDU will be graduating only one senior from APDA eligibility at the end of this year.

Four was also the number of teams who bubbled for the varsity break this week, as both Kurt/Quinn and Alex/Henry faced varsity break teams fifth round in 3-1 contests for a shot at the varsity octofinals. While both fell short in those contests, the speaker finishes for all four debaters in those rounds were phenomenal, leaving those teams outspeaking their next-closest novice team competitors by 8 points (Kurt/Quinn) or 4 points (Alex/Henry).

RUDU will travel to New York City for the Fordham tournament this weekend before taking a break for Thanksgiving. Rutgers remains ranked 9th in the country overall as the midway point in the season approaches.