An iconic image of the Williams College campus, where RUDU broke two teams this weekend and qualified a third debater for Nationals.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) kicked off 2012 with its third final round appearance this season and the second straight for sophomore Ashley Novak. This time, she was paired with hybrid partner Reid Bagwell from Columbia University, with the team winning their first seven rounds before losing a 3-2 decision in finals. Meanwhile, pro-am pair Kyle Bomeisl & Quinn Maingi made quarterfinals as well in the mid-sized but competitive field at Williams College.

Here are the official results from this past weekend:
Ashley Novak & Reid Bagwell [Columbia] – 2nd Team
Kyle Bomeisl & Quinn Maingi – 8th Team
Quinn Maingi – 3rd Novice Speaker
Russell Potter – 4th Novice Speaker

The novice speaker finish puts Maingi back in 3rd place in the Novice of the Year (NOTY) rankings for the season. Kurt Falk remains 5th and Potter is one of seven total RUDU novices in the rankings, now tied with Yale for the most in the league. Novak’s performance, meanwhile, gave her sufficient individual points to qualify for the National Championships in April, to be held this year at Wesleyan University. Novak joins Maingi and Chris Bergman as Rutgers debaters qualified to attend, making this the second most qualifications RUDU has ever had for APDA Nationals, behind the five who were qualified last year. There are still fourteen weeks ahead in which RUDU debaters can compete to tie or eclipse that number of quals, and four more debaters already have points toward qualification.

Videos of Novak & Bagwell’s semifinal and final round have been posted online. You can watch them below:

Semifinals, victory over Brandeis:
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Williams Semis from Denise Yu on Vimeo.

Finals, loss to Yale:
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Untitled from Denise Yu on Vimeo.

Previously unreported on this page, RUDU representatives Bhargavi Sriram, Adam Bomeisl, and Ashley Novak defeated the Trenton Central High School debate team at an enormous public exhibition in Trenton on December 15, 2011. The event was written up in this article in the Times of Trenton.

RUDU will be competing in the next fifteen straight weekends to close out the 2011-2012 season, from next weekend at Dartmouth to Nationals at Wesleyan. Tournament locations are as wide-ranging as Stanford in California, the North American Championships in Toronto, the University of Virginia, and Boston University. If you’d like to get involved with the debate team, our first official meeting of the semester is Tuesday, January 17th. We will hold a demonstration round for new members and provide you all the information you need to get involved!