The RUDU contingent at GW2 poses for a dramatic shot to wrap up the regular season. Left to right: Jason Boyle, Nisha Kumar, Russell Potter, Amanda Gaetano, Kurt Falk, Alex Jubb, Adam Bomeisl, Henry Phipps, Bhargavi Sriram, Storey Clayton, Kyle Bomeisl, Rachel Cusumano, Chris Bergman, Dave Reiss, Quinn Maingi, and Deepta Janardhan. Not pictured: Arbi Llaveshi, Stephen Yellin, Thomas O'Rourke, and Isaac Woodward.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) finished the year with a strong performance at the second George Washington University tournament, with Kyle Bomeisl & Quinn Maingi breaking to quarterfinals and only losing to the 2nd-ranked team in the country all tournament. Maingi also took second novice speaker and secured third overall Novice of the Year (NOTY) with the strong showing.

Here are the GW2 results:
Kyle Bomeisl & Quinn Maingi – 8th Team
Alex Jubb & Henry Phipps – 7th Novice Team
Quinn Maingi – 2nd Novice Speaker

The tournament concluded with a showdown between APDA’s two top teams to decide Team of the Year (TOTY). The losing team, from Yale, was the only team to beat Bomeisl & Maingi, in both fifth round and quarterfinals. The quarterfinal was a very close 2-1 decision with Rutgers on Gov.

With the quarterfinal finish, RUDU finishes the year ranked 9th in the country, narrowly ahead of the University of Chicago and just behind the College of William and Mary. This is the second-highest finish in RUDU history, behind the fifth place finish last year. Rutgers first cracked the top twenty-five finishing 24th two years ago.

Kurt Falk also held on to a top ten finish in the NOTY standings, finishing tenth overall. This was the first year that RUDU had two people in the top ten, with Gordon Morrisette narrowly finishing eleventh last year and Ashley Novak finishing second. RUDU also finished with a school record-high eight people on the NOTY Board: Maingi, Falk, Alex Jubb (29th), Henry Phipps (42nd), Nick Guida (48th), Russell Potter (54th), Shireen Hamza (93rd), and Asher Wasserman (96th). Only Yale (10) had more novices on the Board.

Rutgers will be sending three teams to the National Championships this weekend at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Last year, RUDU broke to National octofinals for the first time in team history, with Dave Reiss & Kyle Bomeisl finishing 16th. Bomeisl will be joined by Chris Bergman, Novak, Maingi, Adam Bomeisl, and Arbi Llaveshi at this year’s Nationals. Bergman and Novak were one of only eleven partnerships across the league this year to break to quarterfinals five times or more.

The final top twenty-five colleges on APDA for 2011-2012 are as follows:

Rank College/University Points
1 Yale University 930.5
2 Columbia University 300.75
3 Brandeis University 275.25
4 Harvard University 245.5
5 Johns Hopkins University 204.75
6 American University 168
7 Bates College 155.25
8 College of William and Mary 129
9 RUTGERS UNIVERSITY 124
10 University of Chicago 122
11 Dartmouth College 101
12 Brown University 85.5
13 Swarthmore College 82.5
14 Princeton University 50.5
14 Loyola Marymount University 50.5
16 Syracuse University 46
17 Tufts University 44
18 George Washington University 33
19 Northeastern University 22
20 University of Virginia 18
21 Fordham University 16
22 Boston University 15
23 Cornell University 12
24 Smith College 9
25 Amherst College 8