The Rutgers contingent at Swarthmore huddles for a group picture, taken by Storey and with an empty arm in place of Dave. Left to right: Gordon Morrisette, Adam Bomeisl, Kyle Bomeisl, Ashley Novak, Stephen Yellin, Arbi Llaveshi, Krishna Kavi, Chris Bergman, Bhargavi Sriram, and Nisha Kumar.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) posted another successful weekend at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, advancing a senior/novice team to out-rounds and placing highly in speaker, novice speaker, and novice team rankings.

Here’s the roll call of those accomplishments:
David Reiss & Gordon Morrisette – 7th team [break to varsity quarterfinals] Gordon Morrisette – 9th speaker
David Reiss – 10th speaker
Nisha Kumar & Arbi Llaveshi – 4th novice team
Gordon Morrisette – 2nd novice speaker
Ashley Novak – 3rd novice speaker

With his impressive speaker performance (the first time David has been outspoken by his partner all year), Gordon has cemented his place in the top ten Novice of the Year (NOTY) rankings with just one regular-season weekend remaining. Currently ranked ninth, he has all but mathematically clinched at least tenth. The top ten NOTY winners are honored as part of the awards ceremony at Nationals, given engraved trophies, and expected to go on to impressive careers in their remaining three years of parliamentary debate. Ashley, meanwhile, remains a virtual lock to finish the year second in these same rankings. Rutgers has never placed a Novice in the top ten NOTY at year’s end in the thirteen prior years of the award’s existence. Last year, Chris Bergman posted the then-highest-ever Rutgers finish at 18th.

Both Ashley and Gordon will be in competition this weekend as RUDU splits the squad between competitions at Amherst and Bryn Mawr Colleges. David will be reuniting with regular partner Kyle Bomeisl to help secure their place in the Team of the Year (TOTY) rankings and prepare for the National Championships to be held April 22-24 at West Point. They currently stand at fifth in those rankings, two points behind fourth and a point and a half ahead of sixth.

Practice resumes tomorrow for these competitions.

After the awards ceremony, RUDU's top performers show off their wares. Left to right: Storey Clayton, Gordon, Ashley, Chris, David Reiss, Farhan, and Arbi.