[A message from Senior Mentor John Ballou]
Dear Team 1418 Parents,
We completed the Chesapeake Northern VA District event in good style, though we probably did too well for our own good. We finished the twelve qualifying matches rated number three out of 38 teams, though we had better stats than even that suggests. We shared the only alliance to successfully beat the 'Boss' in match 50. We ended up being the captain of the number two alliance in the finals. Alas, our last pick in the alliance selection died in our first quarter-final, and we didn't generate enough offense to pull out of that deficit. The alliance that beat us went on to win the competition.
We were awarded the Judges' Award, however, for being such a unique and successful robot that did not quite fit any of the usual categories. Our qualification rankings and this award have allowed us to accumulate 40 district qualifying points, probably getting us into the district finals already. Next weekend we go against a number of the same teams and many more DC teams. We will need to figure out how to get a ranking that lets us have a bit more choice in the finals; we expect the depth of team abilities will be much deeper at the district championships, and there is where we will really need to find our best alliance possibilities.
The team worked very hard and did everything necessary to keep the robot playing and driving well. We will be doing a little more testing and repairs this week. Friday we will go right after school to help set up the field at Hayfield High School. Once more into the breach...
Take a look at the updated stats for our team on the Blue Alliance site. Congrats to the team for going the distance this last weekend and get ready for a quick turnaround. We will get to rest the next two weekends before the spring break district championships.
Senior Mentor FRC Team 1418
George Mason High School