The Rutgers debaters at Bryn Mawr gather with a prize poster at the Harry Potter-themed tournament. Left to right: Elle Amofah, Nisha Kumar, Deepta Janardhan, Henry Phipps, Alex Jubb, Stephen Yellin, Storey Clayton, Kyle Bomeisl, Daimler Vadlamuri, Isaac Woodward, and Asher Wasserman. Half the team also went to NYU this weekend.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) continued racking up high finishes for both varsity teams and novice speakers this weekend, maintaining an upward trajectory in the national rankings and especially among the best novice class in the country. RUDU sent teams to both Bryn Mawr College and New York University this weekend, with the former yielding second-year Stephen Yellin’s first varsity break and first varsity break win in the same round.

Here are the official results:

Byrn Mawr 2012
Kyle Bomeisl & Stephen Yellin – 3rd Team
Alex Jubb & Henry Phipps – 9th Team
Kyle Bomeisl – 5th Speaker
Stephen Yellin – 8th Speaker
Alex Jubb – 10th Speaker
Daimler Vadlamuri & Asher Wasserman – 6th Novice Team
Alex Jubb & Henry Phipps – 5th Novice Team
Alex Jubb – 2nd Novice Speaker

NYU 2012
Russell Potter – 5th Novice Speaker

The novice speaker finishes will launch both Jubb and Potter into the top twenty in the Novice of the Year (NOTY) rankings, where they will join fellow RUDUers Quinn Maingi and Kurt Falk, who both remain in the top ten. Rutgers is tied with Yale with seven novices in the standings and has more aggregate NOTY points than any other school, with Brandeis and Yale trailing second and third and no other colleges close.

Bomeisl & Yellin lost a narrow 2-1 decision in semifinals for a chance to final in Yellin’s first break. The duo are forming a new partnership for this semester, Bomeisl’s last on the circuit before he exhausts his APDA eligibility. Bomeisl is RUDU’s only senior in a year brimming with young talent for Rutgers debate.

You can watch Bomeisl & Yellin’s quarterfinal victory over Brandeis here:
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Bryn Mawr Quarters from Richard Weisbach on Vimeo.

This weekend, Rutgers will drive down Route 1 to debate at the first-ever APDA tournament held at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).