After a very successful debut at the Pittsburgh Regional, Simbot Quatchi made his second appearance of the season at the Waterloo Regional. After winning the Waterloo Regional for three consecutive years from 2006 to 2008, Simbotics did not attend this event in 2009. Thus the team was very excited to return to an event, which has always felt like a second home. Despite a successful day of qualifying matches on Friday, two disqualifications left us seeded in second place behind our friends from Team 2056, “Patriotics“. Saturday morning’s schedule saw 1114 facing 2056 in two qualifying matches. These matches were some of the highest scoring matches of the Breakaway season to this point, with 1114 prevailing by scores of 15-12 and 16-11. When the dust settled we were seeded 1st overall with a seeding score of 253 points. This allowed us to select Team 2056 and 2006 FRC World Champions, Team 296 the “Northern Knights” as alliance partners. The elimination rounds were fiercely competitive, but for the second straight regional we managed to finish without losing a single match. Thus, the team was crowned Waterloo Regional Champions for the fourth time. Thanks to 2056 for an amazing offensive performance and to 296 working tirelessly to keep our opponents from scoring.
In addition to winning the regional, we were awarded the Excellence in Design Award for our animation entry, the Engineering Excellence Award for our robot design and the Cooperation Award for excellence in the field cooperating. Special congratulations go out to our friend, Team 1503’s Pat Fairbank on winning the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. It was amazing to be back at the Waterloo Regional where we definitely “got our popcorn ready”.