American Univeristy's Mary Graydon Center

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) didn’t muster its best performance of the year at American University this past weekend, but was acknowledged for some great speaking performances.

These included:
Dave Reiss – 11th overall speaker
Ashley Novak – 3rd novice speaker
Chris Mercurio – 8th novice speaker

Four of the six teams representing Rutgers managed winning records (3-2 each), and everyone enjoyed partnering with someone they’d never debated with before, as dictated by the “pro-am” (varsity/novice pairing) format of the tournament.

With these performances, Rutgers remains ranked 5th overall in the country, with Dave and Kyle holding on to 4th in the Team of the Year (TOTY) standings. Ashley has now cracked the top ten for Novice of the Year (NOTY) rankings, currently checking in at 7th.