For the second weekend in the last three, the Rutgers University Debate Union has set a new standard for its all-time excellence. The University of Pennsylvania tournament marked the first time in club history that RUDU has won a tournament. The club was one ballot shy of closing out Finals.
The sum of the accomplishments at UPenn 2010:
Dave Reiss & Kyle Bomeisl – Tournament Champions (winning finals)
Farhan Ali & Chris Bergman – 3rd Place (breaking to semifinals)
Dave Reiss – 6th Speaker
Gordon Morrisette – 9th Novice Speaker
Dave & Kyle have now been in back-to-back final rounds at tournaments they’ve attended. They are currently ranked 4th partnership in the country, trailing one team each from Yale, Harvard, and American.
Rutgers overall is now ranked 5th, trailing those same three schools and Boston University.
The 3rd place showing marked the first break for senior Farhan Ali, who joined Chris to win quarterfinals on a 3-0 decision before losing 3-2 in semis. Additionally, Krishna Kavi & Bhargavi Sriram made a bubble round, finishing 3-2 overall with losses only to teams who made quarterfinals. Farhan, Krishna, and Bhargavi all set personal bests for speaker scores as well.
This weekend, Rutgers looks to build on its recent colossal success at the American University “ProAms” tournament, wherein each team will be comprised of one varsity and one novice debater. It was at this tournament last year that RUDU broke for the first time in two years, ushering in the new era of Rutgers debate.