Robotics team closes season with exciting events

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Recently the robotics team finished up an exciting season of competition, attending two regional qualifying events, one at the Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences, and the other in Lake Oswego, where they took second place and therefore qualified for the FRC Pacific NW District Championship in Cheney, Washington.

After their Clackamas event, the team made some changes to their robot, playing a key role in how they performed in Lake Oswego.

“We had the potential to do better, so our performance at Clackamas was considered subpar,” senior Kruthi Annigeri said. “However, as we learned how our robot was erring, we continually made improvements during the Lake Oswego tournament, and our performance drastically improved.”

While talking with Mr. Hogan, robotics coach Dan Calkins referred to the Lake Oswego event as “The most remarkable three hours of competition robotics I have ever seen!”

The odds were not in their favor, but as they continued to work together, they were pleasantly surprised.

“We had no chance on paper. So we went back to the pits, pulled together the drive teams, and spent twenty minutes devising a careful strategy to pull an upset over the 2nd seed team,” junior Alec Schuler said.

Considering The Crusaderbot was not expected to do as well as it did, the team was thrilled when they successfully delivered. As the 7th-seed alliance, they had to compete against the 2nd-seed alliance; and not only did they defeat the 2nd-seed, they made history.

“According to data from all the robotics tournaments around the world, no other 7th-seed alliance came as close to winning as our alliance did that day, and we even won one of the finals matches,” Annigeri said.

After a tournament like that, senior John McCarthy has learned one of many things as co-captain, most importantly being, keep your head in the game.

“Nobody thought the alliance of St. Mary’s, Gladstone, and us was going to win anything. We won five matches in the playoff rounds, advancing through the quarter and semifinals,” McCarthy said. “If there’s one thing I learned through that experience it’s to never, never, never give up or give in.”

Annigeri has been a part of the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization since she was eight, having 10 years of experience under her belt.

“One of the most important things I have learned is that even though this is a competitive organization and the goal is always to advance as far as possible, the work our team does not lose meaning just because we don’t qualify for a tournament,” Annigeri says. “I myself