The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) continued its dominance of novice divisions this year with the fourth novice final victory in five weekends at Middlebury College in Vermont. Alex Jubb & Henry Phipps bested a team from Dartmouth on a 4-1 decision to complete their run to top novice team. On the varsity side, three teams just missed the break, finishing 9th, 10th, and 11th teams all just shy of the quarterfinal advancement. Top among them were Bhargavi Sriram & Quinn Maingi who fell just half a point short of the break.
Here are the official results:
Bhargavi Sriram & Quinn Maingi – 9th Team
Kurt Falk & Arbi Llaveshi – 10th Team
Kyle Bomeisl – 8th Speaker
Alex Jubb & Henry Phipps – 1st Novice Team
Kurt Falk – 4th Novice Speaker
Quinn Maingi – 6th Novice Speaker
Alex Jubb – 10th Novice Speaker
The speaker finish put Falk back in 9th Novice of the Year standing with just one tournament remaining in this year’s regular season. Regular novice partner Maingi stands at 5th currently, two points behind 4th and four behind 3rd. Both Falk/Maingi and Jubb/Phipps are in the top ten ranked novice teams of the year.
The National Championship tournament looms just ten days away, opening April 20th at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Rutgers has qualified four individuals to Nationals and will thus be sending three teams to represent the University. There’s still a chance additional individuals will qualify at the season’s last tournament, however, this weekend at George Washington University in Washington, DC.