Southington High School’s robotics team, the Cyber Knights (also known as team 195), competed locally this past weekend, March 27-28, at the Hartford District Event, held at Hartford Public High School. 40 teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire gathered to compete at this event, and, following an inherently successful weekend in Troy, New York last week, the Knights were seeking yet another win.
Powering through their 12 qualification matches, wherein 2 alliances consisting of 3 teams each strive towards higher and higher scores against one another, Southington secured the #1 seed with an astounding average score of 127.33. Compared to their commendable performance in Troy last weekend, which saw the Knights at rank 3 and an average score of 102.75, Southington was eager to show everybody what they were capable of in the playoff rounds.
After selecting teams 230, the Gaelhawks from Shelton, CT, and team 2064, the Panther Project from Southbury, CT to join their alliance, the Cyber Knights and their partners were prepared to battle for the win. All 3 teams on the alliance performed their roles flawlessly, which helped advance themselves through the quarter and semifinals with ease. In a stellar effort to outdo their performance last weekend, Southington was able to break the high score in New England (186 prior to Hartford) not once, not twice, but five times over after the completion of their matches.
With 2 of these high scores coming from the 2 final matches of the competition, in which Southington’s alliance amassed 204 and 210 points respectively, the tremendous trio of an alliance took home the win. In addition to this sought after accomplishment, the Cyber Knights were also awarded the Quality Award for “machine robustness and reliability.” Southington’s partners, team 230, also went on to win the event’s Chairman’s Award, which is the most prestigious award given out during the competition season.
With the qualifying season now over, the Cyber Knights next two competitions are invite-only events; teams must qualify to enter and compete. Southington will be competing at the New England District Championship, held in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 8-11, and the FIRST Robotics World Championship, held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri on April 22-25.