The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) broke three teams to quarterfinals at the Binghamton University tournament this weekend, qualifying Nick Hansen and Arbi Llaveshi for Nationals and earning a spot in varsity finals for the second straight week. It was the ninth straight varsity break weekend for the team who is in a close race with Brown and Johns Hopkins for 4th overall in the national rankings with one week left in the regular season.
Here are the official results from Binghamton:
Quinn Maingi & Arbi Llaveshi – 2nd Team
Sean Leonard & Nick Hansen – 7th Team
Henry Phipps & Alex Jubb – 8th Team
Quinn Maingi – 5th Speaker
Sean Leonard – 10th Speaker
Zach Sinkiewicz & Rose Cote [Syracuse] – 3rd Novice Team
Vidhaath Sripathi – 3rd Novice Speaker
Nick Hansen – 8th Novice Speaker
The trip to finals was the second this season for Llaveshi, who also finaled at UMBC with Deepta Janardhan. It was the first for Maingi since he won the Albany tournament with Jubb last year. Both Hansen, a novice, and Llaveshi, qualified for the first time in their careers, though Llaveshi represented Rutgers as the free seed at the 2012 National Championships. Maingi & Llaveshi beat a Yale team in quarterfinals and a Princeton team in semifinals before dropping a 2-1 decision to a Stanford/Princeton hybrid team in the final round.
With the qualifications, RUDU has now tied a team record with seven Nats quals, the record set last year. Phipps fell just short of qualifying after a 2-1 loss to Princeton in the quarterfinals and now stands at 13.25 of the necessary 14 points with one weekend left before the National Championships at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Previously qualified debaters this season include Maingi, Leonard, Ashley Novak, Russell Potter, and Rachel Moon.
Meanwhile, three RUDU teams spent the same weekend on the campus of Swarthmore College for a tournament co-hosted by NYU and Rutgers and officially known as the “NYU” tournament. There, Potter and Janardhan made the quarterfinals in a small but extremely competitive field before dropping to the eventual finalists from American University.
Here are the results from that NYU contest:
Russell Potter & Deepta Janardhan – 8th Team
Nimit Jindal & Grisam Shah – 4th Novice Team
Nimit Jindal – 6th Novice Speaker
Grisam Shah – 9th Novice Speaker
RUDU will be sending several teams to the Georgetown tournament this weekend, the last chance to earn qualifications for those who are close, including Phipps, Janardhan, Jubb, and Adam Bomeisl. Any one of them qualifying would set the team record for qualifications. If two or more qualify, Rutgers will earn the right to send six full teams to Nationals. Currently, if nothing changes, RUDU is slated to send five full teams.