After Dallas Regional and the continued work on the robot, Texas Torque was eager to compete at its second official FIRST Robotics Competition event — the Bayou Regional.
Following the first day, which consisted primarily of travel and pit setup, the team entered its first day of competition at the Bayou Regional. While key members in each of the build subteams spent nearly the entire day working on final adjustments on the robot, other teams members took time to help out other teams at the regional. As a team that considers Gracious Professionalism one of the driving influences on the team’s character, a solid portion of our team’s members went out into the pits to make sure that all teams would be in tip-top shape for the following day of competition. Work on the robot finished successfully as well; near the end of the day, our team played two practice matches to get a feel for the gameplay and performed very well on the field.
On the second day of the competition and the first day of qualifications, Texas Torque started the day off scoring 71 points in the first qualification match. That night, team leadership and scouting/strategy officials on the team met to discuss what could be seen in the following day of competition and potentially strong alliance partners.
The third day of competition started with a relatively low score due to further problems on the robot. We continued to play through the rest of the qualification matches, ranking 13th. We were happy to form an eliminations alliance with FRC 3959, Morgan County Mech Tech, and FRC 1421, Team Chaos.
The regional ended fantastically with a well-deserved Engineering Inspiration award, the second in Texas Torque’s history. The team is honored to have been bestowed this prestigious award and be identified as a team whose character and impact serves as a model for other FRC teams. We would like to congradulate FRC 3337, Panthrobotics, for winning the Bayou Regional Chairman’s Award.
Texas Torque would like to congratulate FRC 3937, Breakaway, FRC 3039, Wildcat Robotics, and FRC 3946, Tiger Robotics, for their victory at this event. In addition, we are grateful for the efforts of the Pontchartrain Convention Center for hosting the event, as well as the constant support of our sponsors and everyone involved with the team. We hope to see many of these amazing teams at the Lone Star Regional in two weeks; in the meantime, Texas Torque members across the board will be busy preparing for this upcoming challenge.