News from Philly

Posted by Johnny Bledsoe, Engineer on team #116, Robo-Hoboes, from Herndon High School and NASA Headquarters.

Posted on 3/14/99 5:03 AM MST

Our team (#116 Robo Hoboes) just completed in the Philly Regional (55 teams). Although
we didn’t perform too well we had fun and watched some tough alliances with some awesome
robots. Every team played 6 matches.
We scouted the Chicago Regional where I think 35 teams competed and got to play 10 or 11
matches. I thought the Philly competion was much more physical. Team 68 tore some teams
up! It seemed like the top 8 seeds were on the ball in picking their alliance partner.
The pairings and matchups…
Seed 1 Team 7 picked Team 47
Seed 2 Team 334 picked Team 221
Seed 3 Team 64 picked Team 175
Seed 4 Team 56 picked Team 68
Seed 5 Team 177 picked Team 145
Seed 6 Team 67 picked Team 121
Seed 7 Team 176 picked Team 190
Seed 8 Team 314 picked Team 23

Seed 8 (314/23) beat Seed 2 (334/221)
Seed 4 (56/68) beat Seed 5 (177/145)
Seed 6 (67/121) beat Seed 3 (64/175)
Seed 7 (176/190) beat Seed 1 (7/47)

Seed 8 (314/23) beat Seed 4 (56/68)
Seed 6 (67/121) beat Seed 7 (176/190)

Seed 6 (67/121) beat Seed 8 (314/23)
All in all a great competion! Hopefully we’ll do better in Florida!

Good luck to all!
Johnny B.

Posted by Wayne Wnuck, Engineer on team #177, Bobcats, from South Windsor High School and International Fuel Cells.

Posted on 3/14/99 8:44 PM MST

In Reply to: News from Philly posted by Johnny Bledsoe on 3/14/99 5:03 AM MST:

Would any of the teams that competed in both Chicago and Philly try to compare the overall level of competition.

Posted by Johnny Bledsoe, Engineer on team #116, Robo-Hoboes, from Herndon High School and NASA Headquarters.

Posted on 3/15/99 4:52 AM MST

In Reply to: Chicago v. Philly posted by Wayne Wnuck on 3/14/99 8:44 PM MST:

I thought that the big factor between the two regionals was the number of qualifying matches played.
In Chicago the better teams had a chance to rise to the top (10-11 matches). In Philly, there were only 6 matches for each team. Luck of the draw allowed some average teams to be allied
with some of the better robots and receive high qualifying points. Overall, I would rate the top machines at each regional the same. However, Philly had 20+ rookies which made for interesting
allies. I thought the alliances were a little stronger in Philly. More finesse in Chicago, more carnage in Philly.

Posted by Peter Cooper, Student on team #190 from Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science and WPI.

Posted on 3/17/99 6:52 AM MST

In Reply to: News from Philly posted by Johnny Bledsoe on 3/14/99 5:03 AM MST:

: Seed 7 Team 176 picked Team 190
: Seed 8 Team 314 picked Team 23

I thought that Team 176 was the #8 seed… We (#190) were the last team picked, at any rate

— Pete Cooper, Team 190