Tournament Results

Rutgers 3rd at William & Mary, Varsity Break Streak at Ten Weekends

Rutgers debaters gather on the steps of William and Mary's Washington Hall after taking 3rd at the tournament.  RUDU has been in the varsity elimination rounds at 5 of the last 6 W&M contests and won the novice division at the other one.  Left to right:  Maxwell Williams, Quinn Maingi, Deepta Janardhan, Adam Bomeisl, Russell Potter, Storey Clayton, Leland Perice, George Alukal, Katerina Dimitrusheva, Isaac Woodward, Alex Jubb, Henry Phipps, Rachel Moon, Chris Baia, Sean Leonard, Abbe Ramanan [AU], Kurt Girard [AU], and Gordon Morrisette.  Not pictured:  Chris Bergman.  Ramanan debated with Morrisette and her teammate Girard wanted to crash the team picture.  You can imagine him as Bergman.
Rutgers debaters gather on the steps of William and Mary’s Washington Hall after taking 3rd at the tournament. RUDU has been in the varsity elimination rounds at 5 of the last 6 W&M contests and won the novice division at the other one. Left to right: Maxwell Williams, Quinn Maingi, Deepta Janardhan, Adam Bomeisl, Russell Potter, Storey Clayton, Leland Perice, George Alukal, Katerina Dimitrusheva, Isaac Woodward, Alex Jubb, Henry Phipps, Rachel Moon, Chris Baia, Sean Leonard, Abbe Ramanan [AU], Kurt Girard [AU], and Gordon Morrisette. Not pictured: Chris Bergman. Ramanan debated with Morrisette and her teammate Girard wanted to crash the team picture. You can imagine him as Bergman.

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) broke to semifinals at the William & Mary tournament this past weekend, marking the second consecutive semifinal appearance for the team of Chris Bergman & Sean Leonard. The senior/freshman duo made the elimination rounds with a 4-1 record and defeated Smith College in the quarterfinals before falling to a hybrid team from Harvard and Hopkins in the semis.

Here are the full results for Rutgers’ trip to the second W&M tournament of the season:
Chris Bergman & Sean Leonard – 3rd Team
Sean Leonard – 2nd Novice Speaker
Katerina Dimitrusheva – 10th Novice Speaker

The novice speaker award for Dimitrusheva came in her first-ever tournament for RUDU, wherein she and her second-year partner won 3 of 5 rounds, all over some excellent competition. Her team (consisting of Dimitrusheva and Leland Perice) and the semifinalists of Bergman & Leonard were the only teams to defeat the eventual tournament champions.

Despite the high speaker award, Leonard slipped back to 3rd overall in the Novice of the Year (NOTY) standings for first-year debaters. He is attempting to follow in the footsteps of former RUDU novices Ashley Novak (2nd in 2010-2011) and Quinn Maingi (3rd in 2011-2012) with a top three finish in these rankings. This weekend’s contest at Boston University is likely to be the largest of the remaining regular season and could vault Leonard to within range of first were he to finish highly there.

RUDU remains secure in its position as 3rd overall team in the country, riding a streak of ten consecutive weekends of competition where they have earned a spot in the varsity elimination rounds. Rutgers stands at 249 points in the College of the Year (COTY) standings, with Johns Hopkins (198 points) trailing and Harvard and the University of Chicago (183.5 points each) tied for fifth.

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