The Southington CyberKnights competed in the Carson Division at the St. Louis FIRST Championship this past weekend. The field was deep with the 406 best robots gathering from the 3300 teams from around the world.
After 10 hard fought qualification matches, Knightro took on some heavy damage and needed repairs when the robot swung during a rope climb and took a direct hit to its shooting turret. Repairs were made and ultimately, the CyberKnights placed 5th after qualification rounds.
They selected a New England strong alliance by inviting Team 177, Bobcat Robotics from South Windsor, Team 1073 The Force Team from Hollis New Hampshire and Team 1080 Resurgence Robotics from Henrico, VA. The CyberKnights enjoyed working again with Team 1073 who they won the New England Championship with just two weeks ago.
The Alliance fought through the Carson Division playoffs till the bracket was down to the final two alliances both made up mostly of New England teams. New England students stood arm in arm in the stands watching their robots battle it out for the chance to play in the famous Einstein Championship finals. It was there that the CyberKnights fell to take home the silver.
The Carson division champions were captained by Team 125 the Nutrons from Boston MA. We were sad to see the CyberKnight’s run end, however still very happy to see them with the silver medals after such a hard fought week. We are also very proud to say that our Alumnus, Bailey Kahl, is currently a mentor for Team 125 as he attends college in the Boston area. More than 10 CyberKnight alumni are currently mentoring FIRST teams from all over the country many of whom have developed into high ranking, top teams.
Bailey writes to our team: “195- What a run in finals. You gave us a crazy a run for our money and I was more nervous there than I was on the Einstein floor. You guys have an AMAZING robot, and a hell of a season to boot…..The thing that really hit home for me was the undying love and support you all gave me and my team immediately after you had just lost in the finals of the division. You very easily could have been upset, but instead all I got was hugs, high fives, and congratulations. Thank you, everyone. And congratulations on another wild season.”
FIRST Robotics is a competition, but to the Team 195 students, it’s more about gracious professionalism, helping ALL teams succeed and inspiring STEM leaders along the way.
This ends the CyberKnights regular season play. They will be competing in two post season events soon.
- The Connecticut State Championship sponsored by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference on May 13th. This event includes only Connecticut teams in order to crown a state champion.
- WPI Battlecry sponsored by Worcester Polytechnic Institute May 20-21st.