We were very excited to be a part of the inaugural Razorback Regional held in Fayetteville, Arkansas. For most of the season, 35 teams were registered and waiting to attend. As the weekend drew closer, more teams began to register at the last minute and the final count was 42 teams, including 12 rookie teams. Unlike Kansas City, when we arrived there were only a few modifications needed to be made to Sherman and we were able to get on the field shortly after lunch time.
With so many rookie teams present, match results were pretty unpredictable. We were able to perform pretty well over the course of the weekend. We even started to get confident enough that we could pull off a 7-disc autonomous. But when one disc went into the hopper upside down, it shut us down and caused us to lose our final match on Saturday. We ended up as the 3rd seeded alliance and chose 3284, Camdeton Lasers and 1764, Liberty Robotics as our partners. All of the elimination matches were close with most needing 3 matches to determine a winner. We weren’t able to make it out of the quarterfinals due to strong competition from the #6 alliance.
All hopes of receiving an invitation to the Championship competition now rested with how the judges perceived our Chairman’s presentation. Several different judges visited our pit throughout the competition, but there was a great group of teams present in Arkansas- all deserving to win. There was no sure winner. We patiently waited throughout the awards ceremony, hoping our name would be called out to come forward and claim a trophy. Finally, our team was announced as the winner of the Engineering Inspiration award- one of the qualifying awards to attend the Championship. We are very blessed to once again make the trip to St. Louis. 3 trips in 3 years! We are so grateful to NASA, who once again is providing sponsorships to the 2013 Engineering Inspiration winners.