Texas Robot Roundup

July 26, 2013 in Competition by Scott Rippetoe

Over the past weekend, Texas Torque traveled north to Austin, Texas for the third annual Texas Robot Roundup. Texas Torque was glad to have the opportunity to enter the tournament for the third year in a row, hoping to build on an incredible season and to reconnect with some of the best teams to have played Ultimate Ascent.

After prepping with some practice matches the day before, the team was ready to face the challenge of qualifications on Saturday. And our team certainly did not disappoint; Texas Torque won all six of its qualification rounds to enter eliminations as the the second seeded team (between  fellow undefeated teams FRC 3310 and 624). In a reversal of roles from the past weekend at IRI, Torque decided to choose team 359, The Hawaiian Kids, to join their alliance, along with teams 4587 and 3735. After breezing through the quarterfinals, the second seeded alliance lost once to teams 118, 2936, and 148, but then came back to win twice in a row, setting the high score for the event with 228 points. In the final, our alliance was finally defeated by the first seeded alliance, going home with a second place finish and the Gracious Professionalism award.

Texas Torque would firstly like to congratulate teams 624, 3310, and 2848 for their finish as the event champions. We would also like to thank team 2158, the AusTIN CANS, as well as Anderson High School, for hosting this amazing event for the third year in a row. Without the efforts of the Austin area FIRST volunteers and the Alamo FIRST organization, this event could not have been quite as enjoyable. Texas Torque definitely enjoyed the opportunity to compete with all of the fantastic Texas teams here and cannot wait for next year’s event.

For the Texas Robot Roundup news story on KVUE: http://www.kvue.com/home/Robotics-teams-square-off-in-Austin-217244531.html