The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) came out of the gate running to start the second semester, breaking two teams at Dartmouth, each of whom won a break round en route to a semifinal and quarterfinal appearance. The tournament broke twelve teams to partial octofinals, with Ashley Novak and her hybrid partner receiving a bye to quarters and the first-time pairing of Chris Bergman and Gordon Morrisette reaching partials. The latter won their partial, but dropped in quarters on a contentious 2-1 decision, while the former won quarters but dropped in semis.
Here are the results from Dartmouth:
Ashley Novak & Reid Bagwell [Columbia University] – 3rd Team
Chris Bergman & Gordon Morrisette – 8th Team
Sean Leonard – 2nd Novice Speaker
With the finish at Dartmouth, Chris Bergman qualifies for the National Championships, to be held at the end of the season in April at the University of Maryland. This is the third straight year that Bergman has qualified for Nats, tying Novak for the all-time RUDU record. Morrisette now stands at 13.5 points, just half a point shy of the 14-point threshold to earn qualification. He is joined by Quinn Maingi (13), Alex Jubb (11.5), and Leonard (9.5) as continuing debaters very close to qualifying for Rutgers.
Leonard also jumps to 3rd Novice of the Year (NOTY) with the speaker finish. He is striving to maintain RUDU’s streak of years with a top three NOTY after Maingi (3rd in 2011-2012) and Novak (2nd in 2010-2011).
Rutgers has a tournament scheduled every weekend from now until Nationals, including hosting its annual Invitational on March 8th and 9th. RUDU will be in action at George Washington University this coming weekend for their second tournament of the year, a contest which coincides with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, DC.