CHS Platter - Northern Virginia
CHS Platter is an anonymous group of FIRST mentors and alumni with the goal of shining the spotlight on the new FIRST Chesapeake District. Thanks to Looking Forward for their insights, and to NE Forecast for the idea to focus on our own district.
The FIRST Chesapeake District is currently comprised of 136 teams from Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Week 1 of the 2016 competition season brings us the inaugural FIRST Chesapeake event: Northern Virginia.
Number of Registered Teams: 39
Event page: http://www.firstchesapeake.org/events/district-events/northern-va
Event stream: http://livestream.com/LeeHartman/FirstHaymarket
TBA page: http://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2016vahay
Week 1 brings uncertainty to Northern Virginia. Not only is the weather in question, the move to districts happened quickly and none of the teams in attendance have ever had to compete at an event this small. The change in strategy and the need for scouting will leave some unprepared teams with big changes to make (both robot and team related) before their second event.
1629 - One of the few Maryland teams to make the trip, 1629 is a Chesapeake powerhouse. With two regional wins and two regional Chairman’s Awards in the past two years, GaCo looks to keep their successful streak alive.
2363 - Coming off a double regional winning year, and a regional win (with 1629) and an Einstein appearance in 2014, Triple Helix is one of the few teams in attendance to reveal their robot, including a hanging mechanism, and mounting points for a shooter. Look for them to lead the charge and be on the first alliance to capture a Tower in the district.
1418 - With an average ranking of 3.67 across three regionals in the past two years, Vae Victus will easily seed high again. Their multiple autonomous modes will be the top of the class in NOVA. With Autonomous Points being the second sort order in the rankings, this will play to their advantage.
1731 - Fresta Valley Robotics Club should not disappoint. With an average rank of 4.25 across four regional events in the past two years, look for 1731 to seed near the top again.
5549 - This Rookie All-Star from 2015 should out-perform most of the veterans. Look for Gryphons.exe to continue their successful career.
Others to watch for:
116 - With their compact design, Epsilon Delta is a favorite for Controls awards.
1111 - The Power Hawks have their eyes on the high goal.