Simbotics were invited to compete in IRI, once again hosting a packed field of teams with many regional victories, division winners and two World Champions (67 and 111). After the graduation of many experienced students and critical team members, Simbotics debuted a new drive team for the event. Team 1114 finished the qualification matches with a 4-4, but were still selected by the 4th Alliance Captain, Team 217, “The Thunderchickens“. The alliance was rounded out by Team 399, “Eagle Robotics” and Team 1732, “Hilltopper Robotics“. Our alliance won the quarterfinals in three matches, advancing to the semis. Unfortunately we were defeated by the first seeded alliance which featured Team 111, “Wildstang“, 2009 World Champions. Congratulations to the new generation of Simbots for a great competition and showing the ability to step up in crucial roles to the team. We’ll see you again in 2010!