After two district competitions, TechFire was ranked #1 in MAR. However, the team experienced mechanical difficulty in some of the qualification matches and emerged as #7 seed going into alliance selections. TechFire was chosen by Team 316,LuNaTeCs, along with Team 203, One Tuff Team, in what proved to be a perfectly allied team of robots for the game, Recycle Rush.
During the playoffs, TechFire's alliance performed poorly in the first quarterfinal match, compromising their chance to move on to the semifinals. After regrouping, the alliance was able to put up an impressive score of 212 (second highest in the playoffs and only 14 points over the required points to advance), moving them up in the standings and securing their spot in the semifinals. After scoring enough points, they advanced to the finals. In some of the most heated matches of the weekend, TechFire and their alliance partners emerged as event champions.
Beyond success on the playing field, TechFire was honored to receive the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola which “celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication”. Additionally, TechFire student, Bethany Rispoli, received the FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award and will be recognized at the FIRST World Championship. The Dean’s List Award recognizes students who have a strong commitment to the team and their community and demonstrate technical expertise, entrepreneurship, creativity and a passion for FIRST.
The winners of the MAR Championships qualify to compete at the FIRST Championships in St. Louis, MO on April 22-25, 2015. The alliance winners of eight divisions go head-to-head on the main field, Einstein, for the title of FRC World Champion. This is the 3rd consecutive year that TechFire has qualified to compete in the FIRST World Championships.
CONGRATS 225 and best of luck in St. Louis!