Tournament Results

Rutgers 9th at Nationals to Close Record-Breaking Season

The euphoric RUDU contingent after the announcement that Ashley Novak & Chris Bergman were in the break at the National Championships.  Rutgers qualified a record seven debaters for the Championships this year, enabling five full teams to attend.  Left to right:  Storey Clayton, Russell Potter, Henry Phipps, David Reiss, Ashley Novak, Adam Bomeisl, Bhargavi Sriram, Chris Bergman, Deepta Janardhan, Alex Jubb, Rachel Moon, Nisha Kumar, Quinn Maingi, Sean Leonard, Gordon Morrisette, and Chris Baia.
The euphoric RUDU contingent after the announcement that Ashley Novak & Chris Bergman were in the break at the National Championships. Rutgers qualified a record seven debaters for the Championships this year, enabling five full teams to attend. Left to right: Storey Clayton, Russell Potter, Henry Phipps, David Reiss, Ashley Novak, Adam Bomeisl, Bhargavi Sriram, Chris Bergman, Deepta Janardhan, Alex Jubb, Rachel Moon, Nisha Kumar, Quinn Maingi, Sean Leonard, Gordon Morrisette, and Chris Baia.

The 3rd-ranked Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) took 9th place at the National Championships to close the most successful year in Rutgers debate history.

Ashley Novak & Chris Bergman, in Bergman’s last tournament, posted a 5-1 record in preliminary rounds en route to advancing to the elimination rounds as the sixth seed in the tournament. They dropped on a 2-1 decision in octofinals to the eventual finalists from Syracuse University.

Here are the full accomplishments from Nationals this year for RUDU:
Ashley Novak & Chris Bergman – 9th Team
Quinn Maingi & Alex Jubb – 23rd Team
Ashley Novak – 11th Speaker
Chris Bergman – 24th Speaker
Sean Leonard – 5th Novice Speaker

Leonard received a plaque for his novice speaker finish, capping a year where he finished 4th Novice of the Year (NOTY). Novak just missed a plaque on adjusted speaker points, a high-level tie-breaker. She was tied with both the 10th and 12th speakers before tie-breakers.

Ashley Novak gestures in her speech in octofinals at the National Championships last weekend.
Ashley Novak gestures in her speech in octofinals at the National Championships last weekend.

The awards for Novak and Bergman as a team, Novak as a speaker, and Leonard as a novice speaker were all Rutgers records for the APDA National Championships. Below, at the bottom of this post, is a list of school records set by RUDU on APDA this year.

Chris Bergman delivers his Senior Speech, a farewell to the debate league, on Saturday night before being announced as one of the breaking teams.
Chris Bergman delivers his Senior Speech, a farewell to the debate league, on Saturday night before being announced as one of the breaking teams.

Chris Bergman and Bhargavi Sriram also delivered Senior Speeches at the Nationals Banquet on Saturday night shortly before the Rutgers break was announced. Both thanked those who had helped them along the way to their success and friendships in the debate league. Bergman specifically also focused on the importance of taking issues of equity for female and minority debaters seriously.

TEAM RECORDS SET BY RUTGERS IN 2012-2013

Standing/Ranking 2012-2013 Record Set Previous Record
College of the Year (COTY) 3rd 5th (2010-2011)
Debaters Qualified for Nationals 7 – Ashley Novak, Adam Bomeisl, Russell Potter, Chris Bergman, Quinn Maingi, Alex Jubb, Sean Leonard 5 (2010-2011) – David Reiss, Kyle Bomeisl, Chris Bergman, Ashley Novak, Farhan Ali
Nationals Team Standings 9th – Ashley Novak & Chris Bergman 15th (2010-2011) – Kyle Bomeisl & David Reiss
Nationals Speaker Standings 11th – Ashley Novak 16th (2010-2011) – Kyle Bomeisl
Nationals Novice Speaker Standings 5th- Sean Leonard 10th (2011-2012) – Quinn Maingi
North Americans Speaker Standings 4th – Ashley Novak Unknown
Varsity Breaks, Season 41 27 (2010-2011)
Semifinals Appearances, Season 11 10 (2010-2011)
Quarterfinals Appearances, Season 28 24 (2010-2011)
Consecutive Varsity Break Weekends 14 (current) Unknown
Entrants on Speaker of the Year (SOTY) Rankings 10 – Ashley Novak, Sean Leonard, Chris Bergman, Quinn Maingi, Russell Potter, Alex Jubb, Henry Phipps, Kurt Falk, Adam Bomeisl 5 (2010-2011) – David Reiss, Kyle Bomeisl, Farhan Ali, Ashley Novak, Krishna Kavi
Top Speaker Awards, Season 2 – Sean Leonard, Quinn Maingi 1 (Multiple Years) – Farhan Ali (2010-2011), Chris Bergman (2011-2012)
Top Ten Speaker Awards, Season 33 24 (2010-2011)
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