Authors: Maddie Brien and Andrew Moy // Blog Photographer: Andrew Moy // Social Media Manager for #LakeviewFRC: Ayrton Seals
March 11-12 was our very first FRC competition of the season. We competed against 39 other amazing Michigan robotics teams at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek. Since we already hosted the Mott competition the previous weekend, we had a pretty good idea of how the FIRST Stronghold game would play out on the field.
On Thursday, March 10, we traveled to Lakeview High School. We set up our pit, got our robot inspected, and tweaked a few things on the robot.
Friday, March 11 was the first day of competition with 56 qualifying matches. At the end of the day, the Corsairs were ranked in first place. However, like all FRC events, we knew this could change with the remaining matches on Saturday.
On Saturday, during the remaining qualifying round, our alliance was the first to earn the maximum amount of ranking points in a single match. We also saw improvement in our autonomous by earning more points with consistent high goals. We did lose our first-seat ranking when another team snuck up on us and landed first place. The Corsairs secured a strong second place.
We were the captain of Alliance 2 and chose Team 3656 Dreadbots and Team 5674 The Gearhounds. Despite some good teamwork (See video: http://bit.ly/LakeviewFRCvideo), we didn’t make it past the quarter finals.
But this wasn’t the only upset of the night. Alliance 6 consisting of captain Team 5194 Voltage, Team 5980 East Grand Rapids Robotics, and Team 3658 Robo-Beavers rose to the finals against Alliance 1 consisting of captain Team 85 B.O.B., Team 2834 Bionic Blackhawks, and Team 5462 2PawR (2 Paw Robotics). Alliance 1 won the district event.
Overall, our first district event of 2016 went better than last year, and we ended in eighth place overall in district points for this event. We even scored the Entrepreneurship Award, all thanks to our totally amazing awards team. We currently have 41 district points that are used to go to the FIRST in Michigan regional event on April 14-16 in Grand Rapids.
For a complete list of rankings and event award winners, see The Blue Alliance: http://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2016milak#results
Of course, our social media manager covered all of the fun and excitement on Twitter and Facebook with #LakeviewFRC.
No matter the outcome, we still have high hopes for our next competition in Lansing on March 25-26. You can follow along on our website or on Twitter with #LansingFRC. Stay tuned to find out how the rest of our season stacks up.
Let’s go, Corsairs!
ACKNOWLEDGING OUR GENEROUS FRC SPONSORS
Thank you to GM Foundation and Michigan Department of Education for their continued support!
We also thank the following 2015-2016 sponsors to date:
Wayne State University's C2 Pipeline
Paulson's Audio & Video
Cross The Road Electronics
Genisys Credit Union
Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet
Laser Cutting Company, Inc.
NSB Agency, Inc.
Oscar W. Larson Co.
Terminal Supply Co.
Discount Battery - Waterford
Cottage Inn Pizza - Waterford
Far Flung Travels
Henn Racing Technologies
LCPL Troy D. Nealey AMVETS Post 1583 (Eaton Rapids, MI)
Light Green Water
Michigan Chiropractic Specialists
MO-TEC Automotive Service
Ridge To Valley Roofing, LLC
The Wernette Law Firm, PLLC
Rhonda M. Seals
THE BLOG TEAM
Jenna McCleese, Freshman