The final event of 1114's season was again the Indiana Robotics Invitational. The 2011 field was tough, including two 2011 World Champions and nine Divisional Champions. With some rule changes and a very strong group of competitors, matches were all very high scoring and had tight margins of victory. Friday's tough qualifying matches left only two undefeated teams, 1114 (7-0-0) and 1126 (6-0-0).
After winning the first qualifying match, Team 1114 needed one more victory to ensure first seed. Unfortunately a missed autonomous mode led to a tough loss in our final match of the day. At the end of the qualifying matches, no undefeated teams remained and our RPs left us in first place. With so many amazing teams to choose from the first pick was a difficult decision. In the end we chose Team 987, The High Rollers with our first selection. With so many great teams available, we were able to select 2011 Michigan State Champion Team 67, The HOT Team, in the second round. With the final pick in the alliance selection, we selected Team 1732, The Hilltoppers.
After 32 of the 66 teams attending were selected, there were still many great teams that missed eliminations. Among them were three 2011 Division Champions: 25, 51 and 781. Also of note, the 24th pick of alliance selection was the #1 Alliance Captain of the World Finalists. It was a great experience to be at an event with so many fantastic teams.
We were able to win our Quarterfinals over the #8 seed including 1126, 233 and 2016 advancing to the Semifinals to face, among others, our friends from Ontario, Team 2056. The first match started with a hard collision between ourselves and 2056 leaving us unable to move for 40 seconds. After some great scoring by 987 and 67 and trying to fight back we still ended up losing a tight match. The second match saw us miss our first ubertube for the only match at IRI, which unfortunately lost us the second match. After two strong matches in the Finals, the #4 alliance were IRI Champions.
Congratulations to our friends 33 (The Killer Bees), 2056 (OP Robotics), 217 (Thunderchickens) and 359 (Hawaiian Kids) on their Championship. Congratulations also goes out to two graduating Simbots, Matthew Coffey and Stacey Willick, on their well-deserved IRI Scholarships. A huge thanks goes to all who bid on Simbot Steve's elevator which ended up going for $450, helping support the IRI Charities.