We promptly departed from the High School parking lot at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, and headed down to the Twin Cities to the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena for the FIRST/MSHSL State Championship. The Team entered as number one in the state due to our Regional Chairman’s Award, as well as our robot’s performance in our first competition.
This event marked the last official competition of this year before summer, where the top 30 Minnesota teams competed head-to-head to be the best in the state of Minnesota. After an amazing competition, we walked away with our first ever State Championship win, allied with Team 3130, Errors from Woodbury, MN and Team 4215, Trinity Tritons from Eagan, MN. This marks an end to our best and most successful competition season yet! But our summer competition, the Gitchi Gummi Get Together, is celebrating its second birthday, so fans and teams get one last chance to see Recycle Rush (and Acervus) in action. To make this event possible, we not only need teams, but volunteers galore, so make sure to register and help us make this competition run more smoothly and successfully.
Please note that all match times are approximate and that the schedule is often behind or early.
2512’s Match Schedule:
- 9:18 a.m. #5 (Red Alliance) 104-30, rank up
- 9:39 a.m. #8 (Red Alliance) 140-122, rank up
- 10:12 a.m. #12 (Blue Alliance) 187-129, rank up
- 11:06 a.m. #19 (Blue Alliance) 150-140, rank up
- 11:32 a.m. #22 (Blue Alliance) 159-107, rank up
- 12:00 p.m. #26 (Blue Alliance) 54-149, rank down
- 1:08 p.m. #35 (Red Alliance) 132-54, rank up
- 2:21 p.m. #39 (Red Alliance) 200-138, rank up
- Semifinal 1: 196-140, rank up
- Semifinal 2: 173-73, rank down
- Semifinal 3: 176-144, rank down
- Final 1: 206-125, win
- Final 2: 108-157, loss
- Final 3: 198-157, win
After an amazing competition, the Daredevils were seeded first, selecting Errors, Team 3130 of Woodbury, MN, and Trinity Tritons, Team 4215 of Eagan, MN, to form our alliance going into the Playoffs. In the end, we walked away with our first ever State Championship win, another amazing turnout to add to our most successful season yet!
The Daredevils were proud to represent Duluth on the World stage April 23-25 in St. Louis, MO at the FIRST World Championship. This was our fourth time going down to St. Louis for this competition, but this year was different. Winning the Regional Chairman’s Award at the Northern Lights Regional provided a new experience. We were the first Minnesota team to make it to Einstein (one of two Championship Divisions between the final eight alliances). Our alliance even set the highest global score of 290 points.
At the end of the Hopper Division Qualification Rounds, the Daredevils were seeded 52nd. During Alliance Selections, we were the fourth selection of the first seed alliance with Wave Robotics, Team 2826 of Oshkosh, WI, the High Rollers, Team 987 of Las Vegas, NV, and Secret City Wildbots, Team 4265 of Oak Ridge, TN.
Having the opportunity to participate at the World Championship was spectacular. However, the season is not officially over yet, as we still have the MSHSL FIRST State Championship coming up on May 16 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
We’d like to thank all of our sponsors and the Duluth community for their amazing support as always. We look forward to competing at State. Stay tuned for more updates–there are lots of exciting events coming up!
The matches on Thursday began, and it quickly became evident that we had challenging competition ahead of us. Many matches ended with scores well over one hundred, and there were many high stackers, and robots with very unique and effective Autonomous modes. Ace’s matches went well, although there were a few collisions in the Autonomous Period.
The day of Qualifiers ended with a closing ceremony where the Dean’s List Awards winners were announced by the head’s of various influential companies. FIRST founders Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers also made an appearance. The tradition of throwing paper airplanes made the downtime quite a sight, with hundreds of paper crafts flying down to the field.
Friday followed with continuing success, as our rank continued to increase all day, but not enough to get us into an Alliance Captain position. By Saturday, everyone was jumping to get to the Alliance Selections. The Daredevils were selected as the fourth alliance along with Wave Robotics, Team 2826 of Oshkosh, WI, High Rollers, Team 987 of Las Vegas, NV, and Secret City Wildbots, Team 4265 of Oak Ridge, TN.
Looking forward to how the rest of the competition plays out in the Hopper Division; good luck and go teams!