Quarry Lane's FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 7419 recently participated in an off-season robotics competition, Capital City Classic, in Elk Grove, California. The team performed remarkably well, seeding 2nd place out of 45 teams present during qualifying matches with a record of 7-1-0 during qualifying arounds.
As alliance captain, Quarry Lane and our alliance partners went undefeated in playoffs until the finals, where we lost to the 2015 world champions and tournament favorites and hosts, Citrus Circuits. We are incredibly proud of our second place finish, where we had an impressive performance shutting down Harker Robotics 2-0 during the semifinals, ending the tournament with an 11-3 record and a Tournament Finalist trophy. Although we may have finished 2nd place as a team, one of our very own team members, Manthan Shah, won first place in an impromptu athletic mini-game that involved bouncing balls across the field into a goal, earning him a free T-shirt and the respect and cheers from his teammates and the crowd.
This tournament marks our last official event of the 2019 season, which was Quarry Lane's first season participating at the FRC level. We had an exemplary season, which included finishing in the top quartile during all of our official events (6th out of 43 teams in San Francisco, and 8th out of 59 teams in San Jose), acting as alliance captains in the playoffs at multiple tournaments, and making an appearance at the world championship where we seeded 25th out of 68 teams in our division. These accomplishments are nearly unheard of for a rookie team, and as we bring 2019 to a close we are excited for the new 2020 season that's just around the corner.