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Princeton University
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Location:
Princeton, NJ
Current President or Coach
Jack Edmondson, Nathaniel Hull
National championships NAQT Undergraduate: 2000, 2001, 2002. NAQT Division II: 1999

Princeton University is an Ivy League institution in Princeton, New Jersey with one of the oldest quiz bowl clubs in existence.

History

Princeton has a lengthy though obscure history of participation in College Bowl. It is known that the club lost to Agnes Scott College in a 1966 episode of the TV program, and that it placed at 4th at CBI nationals in 1984, earning a plate that, though once having been thought to be stowed away in the club's trophy hoard, has unfortunately gone missing.

With the arrival of Jeff Stewart from BYU around 1994, Princeton's previously CBI-only program began attending and hosting ACF events. Princeton deaffiliated from CBI after the 1996-1997 school year.

Princeton has, in the past, been relatively competitive on the national circuit. Led by Jeff Hoppes, Princeton won the Undergraduate title at ICT from 2000-2, and won an unofficial ACF Undergraduate title in 2000 and 2002. Since then, it has not won any national titles.

According to an NAQT interview with Patrick Matthews, Princeton and Penn had a "mostly friendly" rivalry in the College Bowl era, where Penn eliminated Princeton from qualifying for CBI NCT at the ACUI Regionals four years in a row.

Tournament Hosting

Years ago, Princeton hosted PARFAIT, which was originally a packet submission tournament and later became a house written tournament. Previous Princeton college tournaments included Buzzerfest (1997-2004) and the Orville Redenbacher Invitational (c. 1996-1997).

Today, Princeton hosts an annual high school tournament, traditionally using NAQT packets. The tournament has done so well in some years that it attracted teams from as far away as Detroit Central Catholic, and had as many as 69 teams in attendance. Other years, though, the tournament has had numerous issues, most notably in the form of major delays. Later tournaments had buzzer sets break mid-tournament and some schools leave halfway through without notifying the tournament director.

Princeton has also hosted other college events like EMT and WAO II.

Recently, Princeton's club has collaborated with Rutgers to host the New Jersey NAQT State Championship.

Controversy

Princeton and Rutgers' decision to cancel going to ACF Regionals 2007 at Maryland controversially turned that tournament into a farce, consisting only of VCU, two house teams, and a high school team. As a result, a long argument between Matt Weiner, members of the Princeton team, and others flared up on the message boards in this thread.

Nationals Results

ACF Nationals (2005–) Division I ICT Division II ICT
1997 15th
1998 18th 8th
1999 1st
2000 7th (1st UG) 3rd
2001 6th (1st UG) 4th
2002 4th (1st UG) 5th
2003 18th 16th
2005 9th
2006 5th 9th A: 6thB:5th
2007 25th
2008 21st 5th
2009 28th 7th
2010 9th
2011 8th
2016 26th
2017 16th 17th
2018 11th

Former Members

Members with bolded names served as club president.

External Links

Title Succession

NAQT ICT Division I Undergraduate Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Carleton
2000, 2001, 2002
Harvard
NAQT ICT Division II Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Harvard
1999
Harvard

Unofficial title succession

ACF Nationals Undergraduate Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Texas
2000
Berry
ACF Nationals Undergraduate Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Berry
2002
Harvard
ACF Nationals Division II Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Arkansas
2000
Michigan
ACF Nationals Division II Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Texas A&M
2003
Harvard