The RUDU contingent at William & Mary's second tournament of the season gather in the beautiful 80-degree weather for a post-tourney photo. Left to right: Corey Girard, Amanda Gaetano, Ashley Novak, Quinn Maingi, Storey Clayton, Bhargavi Sriram, Kurt Falk, Chris Kaplan, Kyle Bomeisl, Alex Jubb, Stephen Yellin, Leland Perice, Afshan Khan, Danial Manzoor, Arbi Llaveshi, Russell Potter, and Adam Bomeisl.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) won their second straight novice final round at William & Mary this weekend, after strong performances from both novice teams of Kurt Falk & Quinn Maingi, who won the final, and Russell Potter & Alex Jubb, who narrowly lost semifinals. The win for Falk & Maingi was their first ever novice final victory after novice breaks at a majority of tournaments they’ve attended together this year.

Here’s the roll of official accomplishments:
Arbi Llaveshi – 8th Speaker
Quinn Maingi & Kurt Falk – 1st Novice Team
Russell Potter & Alex Jubb – 3rd Novice Team
Kurt Falk – 5th Novice Speaker
Russell Potter – 7th Novice Speaker
Quinn Maingi – 8th Novice Speaker
Alex Jubb – 9th Novice Speaker

The novice speaker finish makes it six tournaments in a row with a top-ten novice speaker award for Russell Potter. The lack of a varsity break did snap a five-weekend streak for RUDU, though this was partially because of some changed partnerships in the effort to qualify more people for Nationals. Rutgers currently stands at four qualifications, which would enable Rutgers to send three teams. One more qualification would allow Rutgers to match last year’s four teams at the National Championships.

One month remains in the regular season. Rutgers remains ranked 8th in the country in its second most successful season ever.