A file photo of Ashley Novak, whose success this weekend at Princeton brought her to 7th in the Speaker of the Year (SOTY) rankings.
A file photo of Ashley Novak, whose success this weekend at Princeton brought her to 7th in the Speaker of the Year (SOTY) rankings.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) made it eight straight weeks in the break with a huge run by Ashley Novak at Princeton this weekend. The team’s top speaker and former President made it all the way to finals after winning eight rounds in a row with her partner from Brandeis. She also finished as the 3rd place individual speaker and shot back up to 7th overall in the Speaker of the Year (SOTY) standings, the ranking of individual debaters on the APDA league.

Here are the official awards won by Rutgers at Princeton:
Ashley Novak & Russell Leibowitz [Brandeis] – 2nd Team
Ashley Novak – 3rd Speaker

Several other teams from RUDU compiled winning records, including Sean Leonard and Arbi Llaveshi, who just missed making the elimination rounds after a loss in their 3-1 round against a team from Yale. The performance by Novak this weekend all but secures her spot in the top ten of SOTY, the first time any RUDU debater will have achieved that feat.

Two weeks remain in the regular season this year and Rutgers is 6th in the country. With five debaters qualified for Nationals and several more on the verge, there is much hope for RUDU heading into the National Championships at the University of Pennsylvania at the end of this month.