The Shrewsbury Colonials, FIRST Team 467 arrived in Washington DC for our second regional of the 2012 season. After being defeated in the semi-finals at the WPI Regional, The Shrewsbury Colonials were hoping to claim our first win. Artemis 2 had a successful Friday filled with eventful matches, coming out with a record of 6-1 and 10 co-opertition points.
Saturday we played our last two qualification matches leaving us with a record of 7-2 with 14 co-operation points placing us in third place. It had been a few years since FIRST Team 467 has been ranked in the top 8. It was our pleasure to select our alliance teams, FIRST Team 357 Royal Assault and FIRST Team 2914 Tiger Pride. One heart stopping moment occurred after the first semi-final match. Our teammate 2914 had to change a bent axle. Under pressure to make a speedy repair, due to our match having to be replayed, the repair was made in amazing time, getting us back onto the field and chalking up a semi-final match win. After some challenging quarterfinal and semifinal matches we moved into the finals.
Our final matches were up against an alliance that included the number 1 and 2 seeded teams. FIRST Team 1218, two time winner Vulcan Robotics, FIRST Team 836 The RoboBees, and FIRST Team 141 Wobot. Though our opponents put up a good fight, we won finals match 1 with a score of 54 to 39. By a score of 78-56, we won finals match 2, making us the winners of the Washington DC Regional.
In addition to winning the regional, we walked away winning the Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler. We were recognized for running 8 FLL teams, team camaraderie, including our nightly team dinners during the build season. Thanks go to all the families of the kids for melding our kids into a cohesive team. In addition, the large amount of face paint, and spiked, colored hair, contributed to our team being recognized for this award.
Team 467 was so excited to find out that we were able to give a Washington DC area team, Team 2914, their first regional win.
One of our long time mentors, Adam, decided to not sit around and just watch the competition. He volunteered his time to help out, first working for 2 1/2 days on the practice field, then helping out during the eliminations rounds at the playing field. With PVC pole in hand, he stood ready to clear any jams in the goals, caused by too many balls being scored. However, our Adam during one of our semi-final matches just couldn’t quite make to the net in time to clear our all our balls flying in during hybrid mode. Nevertheless he did a great job earning him a first year volunteer pin.
Though we would have loved to compete at the St. Louis Nationals this year, the team decided that it was financially and logistically impossible to do. We will be stepping up fundraising over the next year, in order to travel to St. Louis to compete in Nationals.
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