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Sandwich High School Robotics Team Victorious at Regional Competition in KnoxvilleTennessee
Congratulations to team 772 for winning their first regional in their 11 year history.
The team travelled to Knoxville, Tennessee to compete in the Smoky Mountains regional. Driving through, what they found out later to be the edge of a Tornado, the team arrived in Knoxville safely. Thursday morning arrived and the team had high hopes. But when they arrived at the event their robot, Droid, was not cooperating. They had program and computer problems that took the entire day to iron out. After a frustrating day and only one practice match under their belt, the team still had high hopes. Extra credit goes to the programming team headed by grade 12 student Aaron Philipose for staying focussed and fixing the problem.
Friday morning came fast and the team and robot were ready for action. The robot performed flawlessly and the team went undefeated for the day. The team went back to the hotel with high hopes and a scouting meeting ensued. Having never been in this position, the team was excited but nervous for Saturday. They played their first match with their future first pick of the alliance selection process, team 234. The two teams with their third alliance mate set a scoring high for the regional, 60 points. The team rolled to an undefeated regional.
As the elimination rounds began, the team was flying high with excitement and enthusiasm. All three teams on the alliance worked together perfectly averaging 45 points per match in the finals. With 10 seconds left in the final game and the score tied, team 234 lost power to their robot, 772 and team 3925 made a quick change to the plan and went to the bridge to balance. With three seconds remaining they managed to balance the bridge and take home the win. In doing so the team qualified for the Championship in St Louis at the end of April. “ It’s an awesome feeling to set a goal a attain it”, explains the team coordinator Marissa Quintigliani. The team also took home the entrepreneurship award given to teams for their business plan. Mr. Lee Awad Sandwich Secondary School teacher and Team Mentor stated” I am extremely proud of the whole team effort in our first competition win”.
Special thanks to our mentors and sponsors, GM, Centerline, Dr. Dhar, LaSalle Police, Sport Fest Windsor and Gates Canada for their support. For more information on team 772 check out website sabrerobotics.com
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